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ICYMI: Rubio on How Biden, Congress Can Work Together to Support Israel

Oct 17, 2023 | Press Releases

How Biden and Congress Can Work Together to Support Israel

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

October 17, 2023

RealClear Politics

Israel is not asking for a single American soldier…. What Israel has asked for, and what we have already committed to providing in a situation such as this, is the military resupply necessary to defeat their enemies….

Because we knew the threats our ally faced…, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and I passed the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020…. This authorized $3.3 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) grants and $500 million in missile defense funds for the Jewish state every year through 2028….

Nor is that all. There is the [WRSA-I], an American arms depot in Israel that the executive branch is allowed to transfer to the Israeli government in a crisis…. 

The administration also has the authority under the Foreign Assistance Act to transfer up to $500 million worth of excess U.S. defense articles to Israel, and the Jewish state can tap into $4.9 billion in existing U.S. loan guarantees to offset increased defense spending. 

Finally, President Biden can call on other countries that have received American weapons and equipment to transfer those assets to Israel while the U.S. backfills their inventories….

I urge the Biden administration to resist the temptation to link continued support for Israel with other policy matters…. While I have supported aid to Ukraine, I know that linking these two matters would slow the legislative process and create needless division over what should be a bipartisan foreign policy commitment…. 

We cannot allow partisan politics to delay us or prevent us from providing Israel the military assistance they will need to wipe this terrorist group out.

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