Friday, August 17, 2007

It's $30 billion, not $10 billion

Yesterday I wrote in the subject line of my post that Israel will be getting $10 billion in US military aid. It's actually $30 billion over 10 years. Why nobody correct me?

U.S. and Israel Sign Military Aid Deal

Published: August 16, 2007

JERUSALEM, Aug. 16 — Israel and the United States signed an agreement today that will give Israel $30 billion in military aid over the next decade. Officials called the aid a long-term investment in peace.

The officials insisted that the agreement did not depend on a simultaneous American plan to sell $20 billion worth of sophisticated arms to its Arab allies in the region, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia. But Israeli officials acknowledged that the aid to Israel will make it easier for the Bush Administration to win congressional approval for the arms sales to Arab countries.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel has not objected to the arms sales, saying that he understands Washington’s need to assist moderate Sunni Arab states that, like Israel, oppose Shiite Iran’s reach for regional supremacy and nuclear weapons.

R. Nicholas Burns, who is Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, said at the signing ceremony here that “there is no question that, from an American point of view, the Middle East is a more dangerous region now even than it was 10 or 20 years ago, and that Israel is facing a growing threat” from Iran and its ally, Syria.


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