Since 1948, over a period of 64 years (including the 2013 budget request), the U.S. has given Israel more than $115 billion in military and foreign aid, which averages out to about $4.9 million a day.
American and Israeli officials are currently negotiating a new aid deal that would provide more money for a new missile defense program, Iron Dome. Previous funding requests approved $205 million for the project, and Israel is trying to secure at least that much if not more for future years.
Although some Republicans have tried to portray President Barack Obama as soft on Israel, his budget for Fiscal Year 2013 includes $3.1 billion in military aid for Israel, the most in 13 years. AllGov
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Israel receives an estimated $3 billion annually from the U.S. under a 10-year memorandum of understanding signed in 2007. jpost.com
Under a new request Israel is seeking about $1 billion in aid from the U.S. to speed up the procurement of additional Iron Dome batteries as well as the development of David’s Sling, the system that Israel plans to use to defend against medium-range rockets. jpost.com
In a March 27 statement, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised the Pentagon’s announced commitment for additional funding support for Iron Dome. defensenews.com
Israel’s defense officials say that Israel’s talks with the Obama administration regarding the new funding would likely be completed within the coming months. jpost.com
The United States gives Israel access to intelligence that it denies its NATO allies and has turned a blind eye towards Israel’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. The Guardian