Speaker of the House confirms that US aid to Ukraine and Israel will be divided
Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson said that U.S. aid to Ukraine and Israel will be divided. The decision will be made in two different bills, not in one, as previously expected.
The newly elected head of the parliament voiced this position in an interview with Fox News. He called separate funding for Israel an "urgent and immediate need."
Johnson noted that the current events in Israel require immediate attention and response from the United States.
"I believe that this will be supported by both parties, and I will insist on it," the speaker added.
Earlier, Johnson proposed to separate the issues of financial assistance to Ukraine and Israel. He expressed concern about American financial support for our country in general. In his opinion, this means that any money for Israel, which is also at war, will have to be sought by cutting elsewhere.
As you know, U.S. President Joe Biden has requested $106 billion in additional funding from the U.S. Congress. He emphasized that $61 billion of this amount would be used to strengthen Ukraine's defense, and the remaining $14.3 billion would be distributed among Israel, the Indo-Pacific region, and the Border Patrol.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- On October 26, the United States announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine worth $150 million. It includes, in particular, additional GMLRS missiles for the Highly Mobile Artillery Missile Systems (HIMARS) and ammunition for the NASAMS air defense system.
- Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, noted that the White House is seriously concerned about the possibility of a military conflict between Israel and Palestine spilling over into the entire Middle East region. The threat is posed primarily by the position of Iran and its army, which continues to fire on the contingent of American troops in the Gaza Strip.