US House passes spending package valued at $500mn for Israel’s missile systems
The US House of Representatives has passed an aid package valued at hundreds of millions of dollars and designated for assistance to the Israeli regime to develop its surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems.
The lower house of the US Congress made the decision on Friday and the funding will mostly be allocated for Iron Dome, David's Sling as well as Arrow 3 missile systems, Israeli English-language newspaper The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.
The appropriations bill specified that “$500,000,000 shall be for the Israeli Cooperative Programs...for the procurement of the Iron Dome … system to counter short-range rocket threats...for the Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense (SRBMD) program... for co-production activities of Arrow 3 Upper Tier systems in the United States and in Occupied Palestine.”
The report asserted that the spending package is in accordance with the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and the Israeli regime worth $38 billion over a decade.
US military aid to Israel has skyrocketed over the past several years, even as Israeli forces are engaged in blatant human rights violations against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip and across the occupied West Bank.
Back in April, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Pentagon had supplied 1 million surgical masks to the Israeli regime in order to be distributed among soldiers, despite the fact that it had earlier introduced a measure requiring personnel to make their own masks to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.
The report revealed that the masks were procured from China, and a plane carrying the medical stuff intended for Israeli soldiers landed in Ben Gurion Airport on April 7.
The Jerusalem Post had initially published the article headlined “US Department of Defense gives 1 million masks to IDF for coronavirus use.”
The newspaper, however, changed the headline shortly afterwards to read, “Israel brings 1 million masks from China for IDF soldiers,” in a possible attempt at downplaying the role of Washington in spite of shortages in protective equipment, including face masks, in the United States.