Unanimous Vote in Congress for an Increase in U.S. Aid to Israel

September 26, 2016

On September 13, the House passed Res. 729 in a near unanimous vote of 405-4. The next day the president signed the bill in a highly publicized White House ceremony.

This latest 10-year aid package includes a total increase of less than $325 million per year in comparison with aid provided over the last 10 years.

Nevertheless, with great fanfare, the Obama administration loudly proclaimed the bill to be “the single largest pledge of military assistance in U.S. history.”

The display of great pride and unity around the latest U.S. aid package was meant to alleviate any doubts about the Obama administration's boldness on this front of its war program. Since 2002 when Palestine was declared the “2nd front in the war on terrorism” the aims have remained the same while the amount of aid given to Israel has increased.

According to Obama:

“As I have said repeatedly, America’s commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable. Over the past eight years, my Administration has time and again demonstrated this commitment in word and deed. Since Fiscal Year 2009, the United States has provided Israel with $23.6 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) funds and another $3.4 billion in funding for missile defense. The new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance that my Administration signed with the Government of Israel today is just the most recent reflection of my steadfast commitment to the security of the State of Israel. The new MOU constitutes the single largest pledge of military assistance in U.S. history, totaling $38 billion over 10 years, including $33 billion in FMF funds and an additional $5 billion in missile defense funding. Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and I are confident that the new MOU will make a significant contribution to Israel’s security in what remains a dangerous neighborhood. The continued supply of the world’s most advanced weapons technology will ensure that Israel has the ability to defend itself from all manner of threats.

“For as long as the state of Israel has existed, the United States has been Israel’s greatest friend and partner, a fact underscored again today. This commitment to Israel’s security has been unwavering and is based on a genuine and abiding concern for the welfare of the Israeli people and the future of the State of Israel. It is because of this same commitment to Israel and its long-term security that we will also continue to press for a two-state solution to the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, despite the deeply troubling trends on the ground that undermine this goal. As I have emphasized previously, the only way for Israel to endure and thrive as a Jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable Palestine. Ultimately, both this MOU and efforts to advance the two-state solution are motivated by the same core U.S. objective that has been shared by all administrations, Democratic and Republican, over the last several decades – ensuring that Israelis can live alongside their neighbors in peace and security.”

The “two-state solution” proposed by Obama has been defined throughout various negotiations to signify plans for a neocolonial administration completely under the domination of the U.S.-Israeli aggressors. Accordingly, such a nominal “state” would only be born, “when the Palestinian people have new leaders, new institutions, and new security arrangements with their neighbors.” The World Bank and IMF would oversee Palestinian finances and compliance with principles of “market economics,” while U.S.-style political and judicial institutions would be insisted upon. Above all, Palestinian institutions must take as their first principle opposing any struggle against U.S.-Israeli domination. Furthermore, Obama has consistently defined his “two-state” solution as part of a broader picture in which every Arab nation and political party must accept not only U.S. dictate in Palestine, but also its neocolonialism and domination throughout the region.

The U.S.-Israeli goals are to wipe out the Palestinian resistance movement, permanently annex large sections of Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel and deprive the Palestinian people of any possibility of building a viable, independent state.This is part of U.S. imperialism's plan to re-colonize the Middle East, suppress any resistance to its domination and strengthen Israel as its forward base in the region. As the Congressional vote reflects, these aims are embraced by both parties. They are also openly embraced by each of their respective presidential candidates.

However, despite the brutal aims of U.S.-Israeli aggression, the dauntless struggle of the Palestinian people proves that no force will prevent them from realizing their inalienable rights. The creation of a genuinely independent Palestinian state, organized according to the will of the Palestinian people alone and without any foreign dictate, is a historical task to which all of humanity is demanding a solution. The right of self-determination, independence and liberation is an inherent right that belongs to the Palestinian people by virtue of their humanity; it is not a privilege to be “bestowed or denied” on the whims of U.S. imperialism.