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Israel Urges US to Advance Military Aid Negotiations

army stock photoIsraeli defense officials have called on the U.S. government to move forward with a proposal to extend its military assistance to Israel beyond 2017, Reuters reported Friday.

Dan Williams writes that such a military aid extension is intended to enable the Israeli military to work on a five-year strategy to accommodate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu administration’s austerity budget.

Israel’s existing $3 billion annual defense assistance from the U.S. is set to expire in three years.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit Israel next week to discuss the future aid with Israeli officials, according to Williams’ article.

Reuters reports that Israel is seeking U.S. military support that ranges between $3.2 billion and $3.5 billion per year.

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