Obama-Israel MOU: “You know the White House pressured them into writing that letter,” Graham said. “It is a level of antagonism against Israel that I can’t understand”

WASHINGTON POST
Obama and Israel cut Congress out of the aid game
by Josh Rogin
September 15, 2016

As part of a 10-year U.S.-Israel security aid agreement, the Israeli government has signed a letter promising to give back any additional money that Congress appropriates, effectively preventing Congress from giving Israel any more money than President Obama wants it to have. The White House will sign today a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Israel that would increase U.S.-Israel security aid from $3.1 billion a year to $3.3 billion, starting in 2018. The deal would also include, for the first time, $500 million of annual missile defense funding, bringing the annual total to $3.8 billion. But Congress, in its appropriations bill, has been planning to give Israel $3.4 billion, plus $600 million for missile defense, in 2017. READ MORE

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