Is US Planning to Increase Military Aid to Israel Even More?

The United States is “likely” to significantly boost its already astronomical military aid to Israel, Reuters reported Thursday.

Citing an anonymous U.S. official, journalist Dan Williams wrote that, after the $3 billion annual military aid package expires in 2017, this amount could be raised to $3.6 to $3.7 a year. An unidentified Israeli official pegged this post-2017 amount between $3.5 billion and $4 billion.

Reuters framed the probable hike as a potential bid to assuage tensions between the two allies over nuclear negotiations with Iran. “They (the United States) are trying to douse the fires after our flare-up about the Iran deal,” the Isreali official told Reuters.