An Uneasy Victory
In the vote last Wednesday for the 2022 fiscal year State, Foreign Operations Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, it gives cause for concern to some Israelis. Sherwin Pomerantz explains:
“What should trouble our ministry of foreign affairs is that traditionally the issue is non-partisan and this vote seems to indicate otherwise, at least on the surface where most people look.” The bill passed along partisan lines, 217-212, as it was “opposed unanimously by Republicans.”
Contained in this bill is the US military aid to Israel. The financial support to Israel does not come in the form of cash, rather “the bill provides Israel $3.3 billion in foreign military financing grants, including $500 million in missile defense costs, as outlined in the 2016 Memo of Understanding (MOU).
The primary cause of concern is how this vote will be perceived by Israel’s enemies. “In this day and age when everything is reduced to a sound bite, we can be sure that no one will stop to inquire why the vote was slanted the way it was. It will simply be used as yet another knife in our backs by people who sit for such fodder to feed their anti-Israel appetites…We dare not be lulled into a false sense of security.”
The military aid Israel receives from the United States enables them to defend their country and people, both Jew and Arab. It’s money well spent.
(Source: The Times of Israel)