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The US granted Israel $3.8 billion (£2.7 billion) in funding in 2020, as part of a long-term, yearly commitment promised by the Obama administration.

 

According to the Congressional Research Service, nearly all of the aid supplied last year was for military assistance (CRS). Former President Barack Obama signed the agreement in 2016, and it will last until 2028, with Israel receiving a total of $38 billion (£26.8 billion) in military aid.

 

Over the years, US aid has aided Israel's development of one of the world's most advanced militaries, with cash allowing them to purchase advanced military equipment from the US.

Israel, for example, has purchased 50 F-35 combat aircraft that can be used for missile attacks; 27 of the aircraft have been delivered so far at a cost of roughly $100 million (£70.4 million). Last year, Israel paid $2.4 billion (£1.7 billion) for eight Boeing KC-46A 'Pegasus' planes.

 

These are capable of refueling jets in mid-flight, such as the F-35. $500 million (£353.9 million) of the $3.8 billion allocated to Israel in 2020 was for missile defense, which included investments in Israel's Iron Dome and other systems that can intercept incoming missiles.

 

The United States has donated a total of $1.6 billion (£1.1 billion) to the Iron Dome missile defense system since 2011. Furthermore, Israel has spent millions of dollars partnering with the US on military technology development, such as a system to detect underground tunnels used to infiltrate Israel.

 

The Israeli government spends a lot of money on military equipment and training to compensate for its tiny size.

 

Israel has been the greatest recipient of US foreign aid since World War II. According to USAID, Israel was the second greatest beneficiary of US foreign aid after Afghanistan in 2019, the most recent year for which completely reported numbers are available.

 

A large portion of the money sent to Afghanistan has gone to aiding the US military's efforts to stabilize the country, which has been immersed in conflict since the US invasion in 2001.

 

However, because US forces are expected to depart Afghanistan by September this year, only roughly $370 million (£261 million) has been asked for 2021. In the Middle East, Israel receives by far the most funds.

 

Egypt and Jordan are two more countries that receive a lot of US help. Both have peace agreements with Israel, with whom they had previously fought wars.

 

In 2019, they each received roughly $1.5 billion (£1.1 billion) in US funding. Meanwhile, President Biden has restored funds for the UN organization that assists Palestinian refugees ($235 million). In 2018, the Trump administration reduced this money.

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