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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Presents New $8.1 Billion Missile Defense Plan

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Presents New $8.1 Billion Missile Defense Plan

The Israeli cabinet on Wednesday reviewed a new armaments scheme for Israel that will see the country allocate additional $8.1 billion to its defense budget for the next ten years

Amarelle Wenkert  :  2018-08-16T12:18:57..
The Israeli cabinet on Wednesday reviewed a new armaments scheme for Israel that will see the country allocate additional $8.1 billion to its defense budget for the next ten years, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported. The majority of the funds will be invested in expanding the Israeli military’s missiles arsenal and ballistic defense systems. The plan is spearheaded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.

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While the plan addresses all of Israel’s homeland security operations, Yedioth Ahronoth cited Kahlon as saying its primary objective is to protect Israel from ballistic threats.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Moshe Kahlon. Photo: Alex Kolomoisky Benjamin Netanyahu and Moshe Kahlon. Photo: Alex Kolomoisky Benjamin Netanyahu and Moshe Kahlon. Photo: Alex Kolomoisky
In July, Yedioth Ahronoth first reported on the plan as it was taking shape, saying it is the result of an understanding that the next wide-scale conflict involving Israel will include massive missile attacks capable of reaching all areas in the country.

According to an April report by the Congressional Research Service, a public policy research arm of the U.S. Congress, The U.S. agreed to provide $38 billion in military aid to Israel in 2019-2028. A Memorandum of Understanding, signed in 2016, replaced a previous 10-year, $30-billion agreement that ends this year. The report states the Trump administration has asked that of the $38 billion sum, $3.3 billion in foreign military financing and $500 million in missile defense aid will be provided to Israel in 2019.

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