Israel Gets Foreign Aid, Money for Wye

(November 18, 1999)

On November 18, the House completed the fiscal year 2000 budget process by approving an omnibus appropriations bill by a vote of 296-135. The Senate approved the bill the following day by a vote of 74-24. The Foreign Operations Bill was one of the five appropriations bills folded into the catch-all package.

The omnibus bill included $1.92 billion in military assistance and $960 million in economic assistance for Israel. The legislation also provided the $1.8 billion Wye aid package, including $1.2 billion for Israel, $400 million for the Palestinians, $200 million for Jordan and $25 million for Egypt.

To pay for Wye and an additional $799 million in unrelated international affairs programs, about one-third of Israel's military assistance will not be subject to early disbursal this year. Much like previous years, the foreign aid bill also prohibits direct funding to the Palestinian Authority. Finally, the bill withholds 50 percent of aid to Russia until Russia terminates its nuclear and missile technology assistance to Iran.

Source: AIPAC