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Obama wants more military aid to Israel after ceasefire
Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:59AM
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U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to boost Washington’s military and financial aid to Israel after a ceasefire agreement between Tel Aviv and Palestinian resistance fighters in the Gaza Strip.


In a phone conversation with the Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on November 21, Obama reiterated that the U.S. will remain committed toIsraels security”.


According to the White House readout on Obamas call to Netanyahu, Obama promised to address Israel’s security needs.


The U.S. president also praised the Israeli premier for agreeing to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt.  



The President said that the United States would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.


The President said that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other US-Israel missile defense programs.


Israel’s eight day offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on Wednesday.


The United States blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for a halt to deadly Israeli attacks on the impoverished Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Raw Story


More than 160 Palestinians were killed and some 1,200 others were injured during the Israeli aggression on the impoverished coastal enclave.


American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobbyists guarantee billions of dollars in military aid for Israel each year, AlterNet reports


The U.S. and Israel are engaged in extensive strategic, political and military cooperation. This cooperation is broad and includes American aid, intelligence sharing, and joint military exercises. American military aid to Israel comes in different forms, including grants, special project allocations and loans. AIPAC


Israel receives about $3 billion from the U.S. in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America's foreign aid budget.


A Congressional Research Service report shows that between 1968 and 2008, the United States gave Israel more than $67 billion of taxpayer-funded military aid grants and loans. In 2007 the Bush Administration signed an agreement with Israel to provide an additional $30 billion in weapons from 2009 to 2018, according to NBC News.


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