Trump signs defense bill including aid to Israel

Trump signs into law defense spending bill which codifies memorandum of understanding with Israel.

Elad Benari,

Trump holds up National Defense Authorization Act after signing it
Trump holds up National Defense Authorization Act after signing it
Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law a defense spending bill which codifies a ten-year memorandum of understanding with Israel negotiated during the Obama administration.

The bill includes $500 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation and up to $50 million for U.S.-Israel cooperation to detect enemy tunnels into Israel. The measure was approved by the Senate earlier this month before going to Trump for his signature.

In December of 2016, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a defense policy bill which includes more than $600 million for missile defense cooperation with Israel.

This aid is separate from the memorandum of understanding signed between Israel and the U.S. in September of that year, and which grants Israel $3.8 billion annually beginning in 2018 and through 2028.

After the memorandum of understanding was signed, Republican senators said they would seek to overturn part of it so that Israel can receive even more aid.


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