At World Economic Forum, PM makes case for expanding military aid, which ‘pales in comparison to enormous funds Iran gets.’
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday that Israel will need more US military aid because of the nuclear deal with Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.
Israel is currently negotiating a new 10-year military aid package with Washington that it says will need to grow beyond the $3.1 billion yearly currently provided by the United States.
The figure excludes US spending on projects including Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
Netanyahu reiterated his argument that the nuclear deal that has seen sanctions lifted against Tehran would require Israel to increase spending to maintain its military edge.
The influx of cash, he said, would allow Iran to further back proxy terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah which has an estimated 150,000 missiles pointed at Israel from the Lebanese border.
Netanyahu said it would be important to “resist Iranian aggression in the region, which continues and might even accelerate given the amount of funds that they’re going to get with the lifting of sanctions.”
“And the strongest way to stop Iranian aggression is to bolster America’s allies, first and foremost (of) which is Israel.”
He added that “we’re talking about a bigger package. But remember that even over a 10-year period, it pales in comparison to the enormous funds that Iran gets.”
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