The U.S. government and Israel are expected to sign an agreement pledging U.S. military aid for the country that adds up to $38-billion over ten years.
Official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, is scheduled for Wednesday morning and comes after months of negotiations. It will be the largest sum of military assistance the U.S. has ever pledged to another country. The MOU’s amount of aid is an increase from the previous 10-year agreement, moving from $3.1-billion per year to $3.3-billion, beginning in 2018.
Negotiations for the agreement were carefully timed by Israeli leadership, which was debating whether or not to strike the deal with Obama so close to the election. Ties between Obama and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been strained for years, and worsened because of the U.S.’s involvement in a nuclear deal with Iran. Pro-Palestinian groups have disagreed with the deal, arguing that Israel should not be rewarded by the U.S. because of its settlement building in the West Bank.