U.S. Senate pushes Obama to boost Israel aid

  • 8 years ago
More than four-fifths of the U.S. Senate have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to quickly reach an agreement on a new defense aid package for Israel worth more than the current $3 billion per year.
Eighty-three of the 100 senators signed the letter, that did not provide a figure for the suggested aid.
Israel wants $4 billion to $4.5 billion in aid in a new agreement to replace the current memorandum of understanding, which expires in 2018.
U.S. officials have given lower target figures of about $3.7 billion and they hope for a new agreement before Obama leaves office in January.
The letter also intends to consider increased U.S. funding for cooperative missile defense programs.