Last November, NJDC President and CEO David A. Harris wrote that American “[a]ssistance to Israel is unavoidably intertwined with aid to other countries around the world. Paring assistance to other countries and moving America closer to isolationism ... ultimately will doom aid to Israel.” As further proof of this, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) along with other members of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, recently criticized the Republican Party’s reported plans to cut foreign assistance around the world.
Proposed Republican cuts to foreign assistance endanger national security, according to a foreign policy umbrella that includes AIPAC among its members.
‘These cuts are of particular concern as the International Affairs Budget provides extensive counter-terrorism and counter-Insurgency assistance to countries of high-priority national security, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan,’ said the statement Wednesday from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. ‘The proposed cut would gut our embassies and consulates, and hurt our commitment to key allies in the Middle East.’
The coalition said that its analysis revealed cuts of 13 percent, and not of 4 percent as Republicans claimed in their release this week of proposed cuts to the budget.
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