Saturday July 17, 2010
by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC and Agencies
U.S.. Assistant Secretary of State, Andrew Shapiro, stated Friday that the US government intends to grant Israel the amount of 2.775 Billion U.S. Dollars in what was described as the largest single military-security aid grant to Israel.
He said that the money is considered a special military-security aid grant to Israel in order for Israel to ensure “its security needs are met under the current circumstances”. The Obama administration already asked the Congress to grant this amount to Israel. His statements came as he addressed the US-Israeli relationships on Friday during a speech at the Brookings Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
He said that he has no doubt that the relation between Israel and the United States is unbreakable and that this relation is too important to be anything less than a top priority. Shapiro also stated that this aid would also boost the chances of Middle East Peace, and would help Israel in making the correct decision for a comprehensive peace.
The Assistant Secretary of State added that the United States is committed to Israel’s security and added that “Israel has the right to defend itself”, and that peace cannot be achieved without accepting this fact.
“Israel is a very important friend to the United States, it is the cornerstone for U.S. commitment to security in the region”, Shapiro said, “The U.S. support to Israel is not only to show this friendship, it is also a commitment to Israel’s security as this security boosts the U.S. national security, and helps Israel in making the needed decisions”.