U.S. senators seek to change $38 billion military deal with Israel

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is one of a group of Republican senators who plan to introduce legislation to overturn a provision in the U.S.-Israel defense deal that prevents Israel from requesting additional funds. Credit: U.S. Senate. 

(JNS.org) Republican U.S. senators announced on Tuesday plans to revise the landmark $38 billion defense aid deal with Israel, claiming Israel should receive more money.

Sens. Lindsay Graham, Kelly Ayotte, John McCain and Ted Cruz told a news conference they will introduce legislation to overturn a provision of the deal that prevents Israel from requesting additional funds from Congress and requires them to return any additional money that Congress tries to give above the $38 billion.

“This is a very dramatic moment in the U.S.-Israel relationship between Congress and the state of Israel. Congress is not going to sit on the sidelines,” Graham said.

The new bill would also provide an additional $1.5 million in military aid to Israel and renew U.S. sanctions on Iran that were removed in Tehran’s nuclear deal.

Republican Sens. Mark Kirk, Marco Rubio and Roy Blunt co-sponsored the bill.

Last week, Graham said Israel “left money on the table” and should not have accepted the deal which is the largest military package in U.S. history.

Posted on September 21, 2016 .