Thursday, July 28, 2016

'Obama increased aid to Arab countries, but not to Israel'

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham blasted President Obama this week, condemning his refusal to increase American aid to Israel, as well as his efforts to bar Israel from spending the aid money within the Jewish state.

Speaking to Haaretz, Graham revealed that Israel had previously requested an increased aid package from the White House, with $4 billion a year for regular military funding, plus $600 million towards Israel’s missile defense network.

But, Graham said, the administration rejected the request, despite similar increases to Arab states, such as Jordan.

“I made a decision, given the deterioration in the region, that Israel needs more funding,” said Graham. “In the last three years, we increased funding to Jordan by $275 million outside of the MoU, because Jordan was under siege.”

“The administration didn’t object to that increase, but they are objecting to the increase to Israel for 2017.” READ MORE