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Trump: We give 4.5 Bn a Year to Israel
12-29-2018, 08:00 PM
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Trump: We give 4.5 Bn a Year to Israel
Trump’s Claim That Israel Gets $4.5 Billion From the U.S.

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump made headlines in Washington and in Israel on Thursday by saying that Israel will be able to handle the security challenges created by his decision to withdraw all American forces from Syria, because “we give Israel $4.5 billion a year” in security assistance.

The unusual comment caused many of Trump’s critics, on both sides of the Atlantic, to accuse him of turning his back on Israel, even though Trump made clear that his administration “will always be there for Israel.” Trump cited moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as proof of his support for the country, pushing back against criticism from leading pro-Israel voices in the U.S. over the past week.

>> Read more: Pro-Israel groups turn their backs on Trump for the first time over Syria withdrawal ■ Trump’s Syria withdrawal and Mattis’ resignation startle Israel – and undercut Netanyahu | Analysis ■ Trump just gave the finger to his Jewish voters | Opinion

One question that a number of Haaretz readers raised following Trump’s remarks had to do with the numbers he mentioned. Where did the number $4.5 billion come from? Was it true? And was Trump right when he added, towards the end of his comment, “we give frankly a lot more than that (to Israel) if you look at the books?”

The United States did not provide Israel with $4.5 billion in last year’s budget. However, that doesn’t mean Trump is wrong, or that he invented the number out of the blue. There is some sense behind his choice, but it requires combining a number of different budgets related to American support of Israel.

In 2016, the Israeli government and the Obama administration signed a joint memorandum of understanding which outlined the future of American security aid to Israel. Under the agreement, the U.S. will provide Israel with $3.8 billion every year, starting from 2019, for a period of one decade.

The memorandum was overwhelmingly approved by Congress earlier this year, and it will go into effect starting from next year, despite a last-minute effort by Republican Senator Rand Paul to block its implementation.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.pre...-1.6788216

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