Reports have surfaced that the United States plans to offer Israel the largest military assistance package offered to any country in U.S. history.
"We are prepared to sign an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Israel that would constitute the largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in US history," a White House official reportedly told Reuters.
Officials said that the MOU would increase U.S. military aid to Israel for the next 10 years.
This news follows a letter sent to President Obama on Monday signed by more than 80 senators — including the Republican and Democratic leaders — urging him to expedite the process of reaching a military assistance agreement with Israel.
"In light of Israel's dramatically rising defense challenges, we stand ready to support a substantially enhanced new long-term agreement to help provide Israel the resources it requires to defend itself and preserve its qualitative military edge," the letter read.
Due to expire in 2018, the current aid package stands at $3 billion annually, and Israel wants to up the amount to $5 billion annually, the Times of Israel reports.
While the senators claimed in their letter that this move is for the sake of Israel’s safety and protection, there are some inevitable negative side effects that are associated with this decision, such as more war to come in the Middle-East.
Furthermore, Congress’ eagerness to jump to their aid speaks to the strong and questionable influence Israel evidently has on U.S. politicians.
This very clearly demonstrates the U.S. extremely pro-Israel policy and disregard for balance surrounding the Israel/Palestine conflict.
As The Washington Post notes, Obama has been heavily criticized by Congress over his policies toward Israel and his rocky relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, yet the lawmakers who signed this letter didn’t so much as mention or allude to their political disagreements.
There is some talk that a final agreement may be deferred until after Obama’s successor takes office. However, considering the overwhelming bipartisan support the increased aid agreement has received in the Senate, it would seem that regardless of whether it's settled now or later, it will happen.