US President Joe Biden announced an appeal to Congress asking for an “unprecedented” aid package for Israel.
“This week I will ask the US Congress for an unprecedented aid package for the defense of Israel,” the American leader said during a speech in Israel (quote according to RIA Novosti).
The United States will continue to supply ammunition for the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system, the US President assured.
October 18, Chairman of the US House Foreign Policy Committee Michael McCaul reportedthat a group of senators in parliament is developing a bill that would give US President Joe Biden the ability to use force against Iranian-backed groups in the Middle East, including the Lebanese Hezbollah.
How stated National Security Adviser to the US President Jake Sullivan, the US administration is going to request military assistance from Congress to Israel and Ukraine in the amount of more than $2 billion.
At the same time, the allocation of US aid to other countries is complicated by the resignation of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on October 3. In addition, on September 30, Congress, at McCarthy’s initiative, managed to agree on a short-term budget that will allow the US government to operate for the next 45 days until the next vote. The initiative does not provide funding for Ukraine.
On the morning of October 7, the Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel, kidnapping hostages, including civilians. The Israel Defense Forces then launched Operation Iron Swords, striking hundreds of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government announced that the country had entered a state of war.