U.S. Congress Musters a Substantial Increase in Spending for Israeli Military Operations

August 6, 2018

Additional military aid is being planned on top of the Memorandum of Understanding increase negotiated by the Obama administration and the government of Israel.

The Memorandum of Understanding, signed in September 2016, authorized the increase of U.S. military aid to $38 billion for the ten years 2018-2027. The previous 10-year MOU was for $30 billion.

This legislative session, the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act would authorize the 2019 portion of the aid, and additional aid contained in the Defense Authorization Bill will increase it by nearly 50%.

The result is an aid package that raises this year's military budget for Israel from the MOU obligation of $3.8 billion to $4.35 billion, plus $1 billion more in U.S. weapons stockpiles available for use by Israel with U.S. permission.

As is typical, the aid package has overwhelming bipartisan support. The U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act is expected to pass and be signed into law by President Trump.

Across many congressional and White House party seat conversions, the U.S. military budget keeps being increased. In addition to laying down the catalyst for the capacity to unleash more aggressive colonial wars, the militarization of the economy is bankrupting the public treasury and distorting the economy.