The US last week signed a historic 10 year Memorandum of Understanding in which Israel will receive $38 billion for defense. Did the Obama administration agree to the terms of the deal at this time in order to pressure Israel to make concessions for ‘peace,’ in an attempt to secure the president’s Middle East legacy? What does Congress think of the deal’s terms? And ultimately what will the deal mean in Israel’s overall security picture? Dan Diker Fellow and Project Director of the Program to Counter Political Warfare at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs joins Josh Hasten to answer these questions and more about the agreement.The Land of Israel
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Israel and the United States have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance for the years 2019 – 2028, the Prime Minister’s office announced Tuesday night. The MOU constitutes the single largest pledge of assistance in US history. The new MOU will be signed in a ceremony at the Department of State in Washington on Wednesday, at 2 PM local time.David Israel
Israel and the United States have sealed a $38 billion 10-year deal for defense aid, to run from 2019 to 2028.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday night that the memorandum of understanding on security assistance was concluded between the two nations.
“This MOU constitutes the largest pledge of assistance in U.S. history,” he said in a tweet on the Twitter social networking site. “The new MOU will be signed tomorrow in a ceremony at the @StateDept.”
In return for the $3.8 billion in annual military funding, Israel will eventually be required to use the money to buy exclusively American defense products, according to The Hill. In addition, Israel agreed not to request additional funds.
Two days ago, Netanyahu noted in opening remarks to the weekly government cabinet meeting, “We mark 15 years since the terrorist attacks on 9/11. We remember the victims. We embrace their loved ones.
“We stand with our greatest ally, the USA, and with other partners in the battle against militant Islamic terrorism.”
Both American presidential candidates in the race to enter the White House next January face a far more uncertain military future than that which faced incumbent President Barack Obama when he took office eight years ago.
The Mideast has changed radically since that time, with the region more unstable and extremist ideologies driving more underlying issues in local societies than ever seen before.Hana Levi Julian
Signs indicate that Israel and the US are on the verge of signing a historic Memorandum of Understanding which would include a US military aid package of $38 billion. While support from the US is appreciated, Josh argues that Israel needs to start relying on others less, and on itself more when it comes to defense technologies and hardware. Under the terms of the deal, Israel would gradually have to spend that aid money in the US as opposed to supporting local defense companies. That scenario could put Israelis out of business. At the same time, the aid package could be held over Israel’s head as leverage in future “peace” negotiations, which Josh argues could harm Israelis, especially those living in Judea and Samaria. Also on the show a ‘Sunday of miracles’ when at least five potentially major terror attacks and plots were thwarted throughout the country.The Land of Israel
The Acting Head of the National Security Council, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Jacob Nagel, will travel to Washington on July 31, 2016, for meetings with his White House counterparts.
Nagel is being sent to ensure a new memorandum of understanding is signed between the two countries as soon as possible.
“Israel places great value on the predictability and certainty of the military assistance it receives from the United States and on honoring bilateral agreements,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.
“Therefore, it is not in Israel’s interest for there to be any changes to the fixed annual MOU levels without the agreement of both the U.S. Administration and the Israeli government.”
For FY2017, Israel said it remains committed to the FMF level specified in the current MOU, which is $3.1 billion, and is not seeking additional funding.
Israel is concerned by White House demands that none of the FMF money will be allowed to be spent in Israel, unlike previous agreements which allowed a certain percentage of the funds to be used in Israel, and not just in the US.Hana Levi Julian
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a memorandum of understanding Monday with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz on educational and cultural issues.
During their meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu underlined the importance of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He noted the rising threat of radical Islam and its implications both for Israel and Europe, according to a spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office.
The two leaders also signed a work and holiday visa agreement.Hana Levi Julian
Iran approved the memorandum signed nine months ago with Argentina to jointly probe the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday at U.N. headquarters in New York that the bilateral agreement was approved by “competent authorities” in his country, according to the Buenos Aires Herald newspaper.
Zarif and his Argentinian counterpart, Hector Timerman, jointly announced the approval by the Iranians at the United Nations.
In her address last week before the U.N. General Assembly, Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez called on Iran to provide an update on the status of the memorandum.
“We are hoping they will tell us that the agreement has been approved [in Iran] and to settle a date when a judge will be able to fly to Tehran,” she told the Assembly.
There has been no agreement on a date for Argentinian investigators to travel to Iran to interview suspects. The next step will be the exchange of documents officially announcing that the governments have approved the memorandum of understanding.
The next bilateral meeting will be held in early November in Geneva. Both governments then must agree on the details and procedures of the Truth Commission made up of independent legal experts, from neither Argentina and Iran, who will be analyzing the evidence gathered on the AMIA attack and issue a report.
The bilateral accord to jointly investigate the July 1994 AMIA bombing came in January. The attack in Argentina’s capital city killed 85 and injured hundreds.
Argentina’s Jewish community, international Jewish groups, Israel and the United States have protested the agreement.JTA