The US House of Representatives passed a measure that would codify into law the $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over 10 years that was negotiated in the final days of the Obama administration, JTA reported on Thursday.
The US-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, which was approved on Wednesday, gives the defense package the imprimatur of Congress, which would keep any future president from reneging. The $38 billion deal negotiated in 2016 is the most generous ever to Israel.
The Senate approved the act in early August.
In the House, the measure was introduced by two Florida representatives — Ted Deutch, a Democrat, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican.
AIPAC said in a statement that the legislation “seeks to ensure that Israel has the means to defend itself, by itself, against growing threats — most significantly Iran’s presence on its northern border.”
In December of 2016, the US 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 US 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.