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Senate Approves Largest Ever Aid Package to Israel in Omnibus Bill



The Senate came through and made its support of Israel known to the world by making sure actions speak louder than words. It recently passed the defense authorization package, and plenty of money went towards helping to maintain and protect Israel’s interests, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Some of the specific measures contained in the bill gives $500 million for anti-missile defense aid with another $50 million set aside for anti-tunnel assistance. Precision-guided weapons assessment done by Israel and America would also take place in order to assess how to best protect Israel against Hamas and Hezbollah.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee was very supportive of the action in Washington.

“This bipartisan legislation authorizes increases in US security assistance to Israel, and it encourages expanded weapons stockpiles and new US-Israel cooperation in anti-drone technologies, cybersecurity and space,” AIPAC said in a statement.

One other part of the bill makes sure NASA and Israel’s Space Agency work together as well, which includes implementing counter-drone programs, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel.

AIPAC describes itself by saying its staff and citizen activists educate decision makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America’s best interest to help ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong and secure.

AIPAC sees an American and Israeli alliance as very crucial, insisting that all members of Congress support Israel through foreign aid, government partnerships, joint anti-terrorism efforts and the promotion of a negotiated two-state solution—a Jewish state of Israel and a demilitarized Palestinian state.

The website continues by talking about how AIPAC empowers pro-Israel activists across all ages, religions, races and political parties to be politically engaged and build relationships with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to promote the U.S.-Israel relationship. The work of AIPAC is made possible by its membership participating in AIPAC’s Clubs, investing with the AIPAC Tomorrow Campaign, and engaging politically with members of Congress.

More than 100,000 citizens from across the country work with their elected officials and AIPAC staff to strengthen the bonds between the United States and the Jewish state.

AIPAC is not a political action committee. The group does not rate or endorse candidates for elected or appointed office. AIPAC members in all 50 states are encouraged to be politically active and develop relationships with their members of Congress to help educate them about the importance of U.S.-Israel ties.

Beyond building support in Washington, AIPAC engages pro-Israel activists across the country through a vibrant network of 10 regional offices and seven satellite offices. Pro-Israel activists from Missoula to Miami work hand-in-hand with AIPAC staff to improve the future and security of the United States and Israel, according to the website.

By: Kim Hopkins

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