Fulfilling Our Commitment to Israel

Mar 21, 2024
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Over five months ago, we witnessed Hamas brutally attack the Israeli people. Unfortunately, the situation in the region has only gotten worse. Now more than ever, we must support our ally Israel in its efforts to defend itself against the attacks of Hamas and Iranian-backed proxies.
 


 

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act continues our commitment to Israel, providing critical defense assistance and holding the United Nations accountable for its blatant bias against our great ally - and in the case of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), its proven collusion with Hamas.
 
The Defense Appropriations Act fully funds U.S.-Israeli cooperative missile defense programs, which include Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow.

  • $300 million for Research, Test and Evaluation.
  • $200 million for Procurement.

The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act fully funds the U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding at $3.3 billion and holds the UN accountable.

  • Prohibits funds for UNRWA.
  • Prohibits funds for the United Nations Commission of Inquiry against Israel.
  • Forces the UN and other international organizations funded in the bill to assess and report on their efforts to combat anti-Israel bias and antisemitism and to vet personnel for connections to terrorist groups.
  • Prohibits the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps from being removed from the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list.
  • Prohibits funds to implement an agreement with the Government of Iran relating to the nuclear program of Iran, or a renewal of the JCPOA, in contravention of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015.
  • Withholds funds to the UN Human Rights Council to:
    • Hold the Council accountable for its blatant anti-Israel actions; and
    • Reform the Council’s election process to prevent the world’s worst human rights abusers, like Iran, from becoming members.
  • Implements new conditions on any assistance to Gaza, including mechanisms for coordination with Israel, prevention of diversion to Hamas or other terrorist entities, and a requirement for third-party monitoring.
  • Prohibits funds to move the U.S. embassy from Jerusalem.
  • Strengthens vetting related to the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, including new requirements on political neutrality, and imposing new transparency requirements on the Office of Palestinian Affairs.

 

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118th Congress