The United States will provide Israel’s military with $38bn during the next 10 years, the largest batch of military assistance the US has ever pledged to another country.
Following months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the state department said on Tuesday that the two countries had reached a 10-year agreement, with a signing ceremony planned for Wednesday. The US and Israel have not disclosed the exact sum, but officials familiar with the deal said it totals $3.8bn a year – up from the $3.1bn the US gave Israel annually under the previous 10-year deal.
Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, planned to attend the ceremony at the state department, a senior Obama administration official said. Israel’s acting national security adviser, Jacob Nagel, arrived in Washington ahead of the announcement and was also expected to attend.
Israel’s government had no immediate comment on the deal.
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