Trump Pledges Additional $75 Million in US Taxpayer Funds to Aid Israel

Trump and Netanyahu, Monday night . PHOTO: Haim Tzah/Government Press Office/Channel 2 News

A day after U.S. President Donald Trump departed from Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Trump’s commitment to Israel is not just a slogan. According to the Israeli leader, America has pledged to give Israel another $75 million for its missile defense program.

By Becca Noy | 24 May 2017

JERUSALEM ONLINE — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech during the state memorial ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and stressed the importance of the defense aid that Israel receives from America. Netanyahu said that the U.S. is committed to maintaining Israel’s military advantage in the Middle East.

“We just finished the visit of U.S. President Trump, the president of our biggest ally,” Netanyahu added. “Three days ago, the U.S. added to the aid package another $75 million for our missile defense program. We appreciate this aid and important support very much and yet I’d like to stress this again — history has shown that Israel’s security is dependent on our ability to defend ourselves with our own forces against every threat.”

Yesterday, during his speech at the Israel Museum, Trump promised to stand by Israel against the Iranian threat: “Iran’s leaders routinely call for Israel’s destruction. Not with Donald J. Trump, believe me.”

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