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U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel [December 22, 2016]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"This report provides an overview of U.S. foreign assistance to Israel. It includes a review of past aid programs, data on annual assistance, and analysis of current issues. [...] Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $127.4 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance. At a signing ceremony at the State Department on September 14, 2016, representatives of the U.S. and Israeli governments signed a new ten-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on military aid covering FY2019 to FY2028. Under the terms of the MOU, the United States pledges to provide $38 billion in military aid ($33 billion in FMF [Foreign Military Financing] grants plus $5 billion in missile defense appropriations) to Israel. This new MOU will replace the current $30 billion 10-year agreement, which runs through FY2018. [...] In December 2016, Congress passed other legislation to assist and cooperate with Israel. [...] The United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016 authorizes the expansion of an existing joint research-and- development program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to include cybersecurity technologies. [...] [T]he Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act calls for further U.S. cooperation with Israel in desalination and the development of new water technologies."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL33222
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2016-12-22
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