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Obama Administration: Shutdown Will Affect Israel Military Aid

By: JTA

The Obama administration underscored potential cuts in defense assistance to Israel in making its case against the federal government shutdown.

“In the absence of a continuing resolution, we have no FY14 Foreign Military Financing, International Military Education or Peacekeeping Operations funds to obligate,” Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, said Wednesday in prepared remarks about how the failure to keep the government funded through a stopgap funding bill, or “continuing resolution,” was affecting foreign policy.

“So for example – I’ll just give you one example – FY 2014 security assistance funding for Israel will be delayed until a continuing resolution or until full-year appropriation is passed,” Harf said. “The State Department’s ability to provide military assistance to Israel and other allies in the time frame that is expected and customary could be hindered depending on the length of the shutdown.”

Demands by the majority Republican caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives to defund or delay President Obama’s signature health care legislation, known as Obamacare, helped lead to this week’s shutdown.

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4 Responses to “Obama Administration: Shutdown Will Affect Israel Military Aid”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    Re-allocate the funds away from the UN and all anti-Semitic countries to help USA's most trusted ally

  2. RobMcKay says:

    By all means though, don’t touch those millions we are sending to Pakistan and other countries that hate the U.S., because “by definition” this money is essential to our National Security, but compensating the family of a fallen U.S. soldier is NOT.  Won’t see that information on MSN will you.

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