"Israel" is also looking for more cash to cover the cost of removing "Jewish settlers" from the West Bank land they illegally occupied. I was under the impression that we already paid for that. Apparently it wasn't enough. The "settlers" must need new swimming pools, automatic weapons or something else much more important than relief for Hurricane Katrina victims, body armor for US troops in Iraq, or food and clothing for the growing poverty class in the U.S.
Israel negotiates new US military aid deal
JERUSALEM (AFP) - An Israeli delegation has left for the United States to negotiate a new aid deal from the Jewish state's main ally and donor, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's spokeswoman said Monday.
"A delegation headed by Bank of Israel chief Stanley Fischer left Tel Aviv overnight for Washington to negotiate a new deal to fix the amount of annual military aid from the United States for Israel for the next decade," Miri Eisin told AFP.
Israeli officials are also hoping for extra aid to compensate for the cost of last summer's 34-day Lebanon war and the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in August-September 2005, she said.
Israel withdrew troops and settlers from Gaza after a 38-year occupation, but it continues to be an occupying power under international law as it controls borders and de facto daily life in the coastal strip.
The existing military aid accord between Israel and the United States took effect in 1998 and expires this year.
"Military aid granted to Israel by the United States is currently 2.4 billion dollars per year, and is devoted entirely to purchases of equipment and armaments and to research projects in the US," Eisin said.
The Israeli delegation also includes officials from the finance and foreign affairs ministries and the army, she said.