On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said pulling U.S. troops out of Syria would not endanger Israel since they are able to defend themselves.
When asked by reporters to elaborate, Trump told them America provides the Jewish state with billions of dollars in aid.
“We give Israel $4.5 billion a year. And they’re doing very well defending themselves, if you take a look. So, that’s the way it is.”
According to a report from TOI:
The United States currently allocates $3.8 billion to Israel every year as part of a defense aid package forged between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government. The memorandum of understanding provides Israel with $38 billion over a 10 year period, which includes funding for its Iron Dome system and other missile interception programs.
The president later continued to give reassurance that the United States is committed to working with Israel, citing his decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as evidence:
“We’ll always be there for Israel. I’m the one that moved the embassy to Jerusalem. You know, nobody was willing to do that. All these Presidents came and went. They all said they will do it. They never did it.”
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