Obama Administration to Provide $1.8 Billion in Military Support to Israel

Under President Obama's direction, the United States has provided record-high levels of Foreign Military Financing to Israel. Holding strong to his ironclad commitment to Israel's security, the Obama Administration announced today the approval of a $1.8 billion agreement providing precision guided munitions and bombs to the Jewish state. 

Haaretz's Gili Cohen writes:

The deal includes 14,500 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), an arms system attached to bombs that enables precision targeting with GPS, intended for Air Force fighter jets.

In addition, the U.S. will sell Israel 8,000 bombs (of the types MK-82 and MK-83) suitable for JDAM. The Air Force will also receive 50 bunker busting bombs, effective up to six meters, as well as over 4,000 small bombs, weighing 110-kilogram each...

Only six months ago it was reported that Israel would be receiving 3,000 JDAM kits for combat aircraft, at a cost of $82 million. This shipment, which was funded by the U.S. military aid, is to be delivered by November 2016.

Of course, the strength of U.S.-Israeli ties goes beyond money and hardware. The U.S. and Israel regularly conduct joint exercises to strengthen bilateral security. Contrast this to the previous administration, when President Bush rejected "a secret request by Israel [in 2008] ... for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran's main nuclear complex."  Under President Obama’s leadership, American engagement with Israel has been as deep and multifaceted as the values each nation represents.