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Jolly wants big increase in U.S. aid to Israel



U.S. Rep. David Jolly met Tuesday in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is calling for a dramatic increase in U.S. aid, to $5 billion annually from $3.1 billion.

“If Israel's security is breached, our own U.S. national security is immediately compromised, our U.S. interests around the globe are at risk, and our very homeland, the continental United States, is immediately threatened by a new state-funded international terror coalition like we have never before seen. This is a matter of direct U.S. national security as well as the security of Israel," Jolly said in a statement.

The current funding agreement expires in 2018 and Israel has been pushing for a big increase, citing growing hostilities in the region.

Jolly, R-Indian Shores, made the trip with a “couple” other representatives and senators, according to his office. He is running for U.S. Senate.

His spokesman writes: “Rep. Jolly has traveled to the middle east and north Africa on an intelligence and national security trip to further assess the regional and global terror threat, and to study the cross-border flow of foreign fighters. This is a responsibility Rep. Jolly takes very seriously and this is his second visit to the region as a Member of Congress. No additional details will be provided at this time."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 2:06pm]


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