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Rubio, Coons Praise Passage Of Their Bipartisan Bill To Strengthen U.S.-Israel Strategic Alliance

Dec 11, 2020 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) applauded the passage of their bipartisan United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act (S.3176), which was included in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bipartisan bill will strengthen the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance by authorizing $3.3 billion in annual security assistance consistent with the U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding and ensures that Israel has what it needs to defend itself and is able to address both conventional and emerging threats.

This bipartisan legislation has now overwhelmingly passed the Senate on a couple of occasions. The Senators previously introduced this legislation in 2018, and it was then included in the Senate-passed Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S.1).

“The inclusion of this important and bipartisan bill in this year’s NDAA reaffirms our nation’s unwavering support to our strongest ally in the Middle East: the Jewish State of Israel,” Rubio said. “As Israel faces unprecedented threats from Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and other malign actors, we must continue to advance initiatives that protect and support our mutual security interests.”

“A strong U.S.-Israel relationship remains a bipartisan priority,” Coons said. “The $3.3 billion in annual security assistance codified today was agreed to in a Memorandum of Understanding negotiated and signed by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2016. Tensions in the region continue to threaten Israeli security, and I’m proud that Congress is deepening the strategic U.S.-Israel alliance and bilateral non-security cooperation in the face of these challenges.”