Israel Wants $20 Billion Extra in U.S. Military Aid
Israel is expected to ask the United States for an additional $20 billion in military aid so that the Jewish state can better deal with any potential threats stemming from the tidal wave of revolution sweeping over the Middle East. The US already gives Israel around $3 billion in annual assistance. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak said his country is worried that Egypt might abandon its peace treaty with Israel or that Iran and Syria could cause trouble if the unrest spreads there. “The issue of qualitative military edge for Israel becomes more essential for us, and I believe also more essential for you,” he told the Journal.
Whether or not the US provides the additional assistance could depend on how Israel is getting along with its Palestinian neighbors. Barak said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may offer Palestinians their own state, albeit with temporary borders. Palestinian leaders will likely reject such provisional statehood, because it would not only give them less territory than they deserve, but Israel would also retain military control over any such state, effectively denying Palestinians true sovereignty.
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