Senators pass bill to increase US aid to Israel to $3.8 billion

Senators pass bill to increase US aid to Israel to $3.8 billion
05 Aug

US senators are quietly paving the way for a military aid to Israel that that exceeds $3.8 billion.

The number would amount to $23,000 per year for every family in Israel, according to a Friday report by Minnesota-based news website MintPress News, released amid a media blackout.

American senators passed a bill titled the “United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018,” on Wednesday, paving the way for its likely approval by the US House of Representatives within the week.

A female Palestinian teenager, who endured an eight-month prison sentence for slapping Israeli security forces, has detailed her ordeal in an exclusive interview with Press TV.

The amount is a result of a memorandum of understanding on security assistance between Washington and Tel Aviv.

The funding involves an additional $550 million aid for Israeli missile systems and $1 billion for US weapons stockpiles in Israel.

US military aid to Israel has skyrocketed over the past several years while the regime’s forces are engaged in blatant human rights violations against Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere.

Hailed as a “great friend to the Jewish people” by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump has boosted ties with Israel.

Over 157 Palestinians are killed and some 15,000 others injured since the outbreak of the protests on March 30.

The US president finally broke with decades of US policy by announcing that the embassy in Israel would be relocated from Tel Aviv to the holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Trump made the move despite foreign leaders’ warnings that it could stoke further tensions in the region.

The Israeli regime, meanwhile, continues its atrocities and expansionist policies in the region.

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