The massive US funding for Israel’s military is the result of the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding on security assistance between the Israeli and U.S. governments, which called for annual funding of $3.8 billion, or $23,000 per year for every Jewish family living in Israel, for the next 10 years.
In an event largely ignored by the U.S. media, the Senate passed a bill in 2018 that would provide Israel with $3.3 billion in military aid along with over $500 million for missile defense over the course of 2019.
If approved and signed into law by President Trump, it would represent the “single largest military aid package in American history.”
The defense bill also authorizes an additional $1 billion for U.S. weapons stockpiles in Israel. Over the past several years, U.S. military aid to Israel has ballooned, with U.S. funding of Israeli missile defense alone quadrupling since 2009.
The massive amount of aid the U.S. government is set to give to Israel comes during Israel’s unprecedented crackdown on unarmed protesters and a looming Israeli military operation aimed at “conquering” the Palestinian enclave.
All of those killed and injured were unarmed. Such grave violations of human rights would normally prevent the U.S. government from providing aid to Israel.
Since its founding in 1948, and yet has received over $133 billion in aid from the USA during that time, the U.S. government has made it clear time and again that it is willing to bend the rules when it comes to Israel.
Mint Press / ABC Flash-Point News 2019.