קונגרס סנאט ארה"ב קפיטול בניין הקפיטול וושינגטון לקראת ההצבעה על הדחה של טראמפ ב בית הנבחרים
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U.S. senators back bill to provide $3.3 billion for Israel

The legislation puts into law 'Memorandum of Understanding' reached between Israelis and Americans 4 years ago; the bill was rushed due to growing tensions in the Mideast and includes provision that bans boycotting Israel

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Published: 01.09.20 , 22:35
Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to provide $3.3 billion in annual aid to Israel, seeking to put into law an aid agreement between the two countries reached in 2016 amid concern over rising Middle East tensions.
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  • Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Coons co-sponsored the bill, a standalone provision of a broader measure that stalled a year ago.
    קונגרס סנאט ארה"ב קפיטול בניין הקפיטול וושינגטון לקראת ההצבעה על הדחה של טראמפ ב בית הנבחריםקונגרס סנאט ארה"ב קפיטול בניין הקפיטול וושינגטון לקראת ההצבעה על הדחה של טראמפ ב בית הנבחרים
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    The measure that stalled last year included some provisions broadly supported by members of both parties, including the aid, but it also included a plank that would have let state and local governments punish Americans for boycotting Israel.
    נשיא ארה"ב דונלד טראמפ הבית הלבן וושינגטוןנשיא ארה"ב דונלד טראמפ הבית הלבן וושינגטון
    President Donald Trump
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    Opponents, including many Democrats, saw that provision as an impingement of free speech.
    Rubio and Coons introduced the bill amid increased tensions in the Middle East after President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and Tehran retaliated with a missile attack on an Iraqi base housing U.S. soldiers.
    Democratic Senator Chris Coons Democratic Senator Chris Coons
    Democratic Senator Chris Coons
    On Thursday, the region remained on edge as Iran spurned Trump's call for a new nuclear pact and its commanders threatened more attacks.
    The bill would put into law a "Memorandum of Understanding" reached between Israel and the Obama administration from four years ago that was the biggest pledge of U.S. military assistance made to any country.
    Republican Senator Marco Rubio Republican Senator Marco Rubio
    Republican Senator Marco Rubio
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    In statements emailed to Reuters, Rubio said Israel faces "unprecedented threats" and Coons said: "The events of the past few days are a stark reminder of the importance of U.S. assistance to Israel's security."

    First published: 22:35 , 01.09.20
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