While a handful of progressive Democrats have introduced legislation to cut or restrict aid to Israel, a bipartisan group of more than 300 members of the House signed a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund the $3.8 billion in annual security assistance to Israel. The letter noted:
Congress is committed to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge
and its ability to defend itself, by itself, against persistent threats. Our aid to Israel is a vital and cost-effective expenditure which advances important U.S. national security interests in a highly challenging region. For decades, Presidents of both parties have understood the strategic importance of providing Israel with security assistance.
The letter concluded:
Just as foreign assistance is an investment in advancing our values and furthering our global interests, security aid to Israel is a specific investment in the peace and prosperity of the entire Middle East. U.S. support for Israel makes the region a safer place and bolsters diplomatic efforts aimed at achieving a negotiated two-state solution, resulting in peace and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians.