U.S. To Grant Israel 2.775 Billion In Security Aid


Saed Bannoura


Saturday July 17, 2010 – IMEMC

U.S.. Assistant Secretary of State, Andrew Shapiro, stated Friday that
the Washington intend to grant Israel the amount of 2.775 Billion U.S..
Dollars in what was described as the largest military-security aid to
Israel.

He said that the money is considered a special military-security aid to
Israel in order to ensure "its security needs are met under the current
circumstances".

The Obama administration already asked the Congress to grant this amount to Israel.

His statements came as he addressed the US-Israeli relationships on
Friday during a speech at the Brookings Saban Center for Middle East
Policy.

He said that he has no doubt that the relation between Israel and the
United States is unbreakable and that this relation is too important to
be anything less than a top priority.

Shapiro also stated that this aid would also boost the chances of
Middle East Peace, and would help Israel in making the correct decision
for a comprehensive peace.

The Assistant Secretary of State added that the United States is
committed to Israel’s security and added that "Israel has the right to
defend itself", and that peace cannot be achieved without accepting
this fact.

"Israel is a very important friend to the United States, it is the
cornerstone for U.S. commitment to security in the region", Shapiro
said, "The U.S. support to Israel is not only to show this friendship,
it is also a commitment to Israel’s security as this security boots the
U.S. national security, and helps Israel in making the needed
decisions".

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