House Republicans Propose $17.6 Billion Military Aid Package for Israel Amidst Criticism from Biden Administration

House Republicans have introduced a $17.6 billion aid package for Israel, focusing on military assistance in its conflict with Hamas. The proposal includes $4 billion for replenishing missile defense systems, $1.2 billion to counter short-range rockets and mortar threats, funding for advanced weapons systems procurement, and support for artillery and munitions production. The package also allocates $4.4 billion to replenish US stocks of weapons provided to Israel and $3.3 billion for ongoing US military operations in the region. The White House dismissed the proposal as a “cynical political maneuver,” criticizing Republicans for treating military aid to Israel as a political tool. The bill may come to a vote in the full House next week, though the Senate is expected to introduce a bipartisan compromise covering aid for Ukraine and enhanced border security.