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Washington Post: A push to boost military support to Israel because of Iranian nuclear deal

President Obama has promised increased U.S. arms shipments to Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle East allies concerned about the nuclear agreement with Iran.



In a letter to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Obama confirms “our enhanced support for Israel.”:

  •  Extend for an additional decade the Bush administration’s 10-year, $30 billion plan, to pay for Israel’s foreign military purchases of equipment and training.  The agreement was signed in 2007 and runs out in fiscal 2018. The new deal would “cement for the next decade our unprecedented levels of military assistance.”, as the Washington post reports.
  • raising the annual amount of $3.1 billion to possibly $3.5 billion a year.
  •  grant money for Israeli missile defense programs Iron Dome short-range missile interceptor systems, and to pay for the Arrow 4 and David Sling [Israeli] missile defense systems.
  • $40 million has been added to the fiscal 2016 defense to accelerate the program to detect and destroy tunnels before they can be used to threaten Israeli civilians.

    Israel will get new F-35, a fifth-generation U.S. strike fighter, the first of which is expected to be delivered next year.

And there is more. Read the full story at the Washington Post, by Walter Pincus

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