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U.S. cuts military aid to Israel by 5%

Part of across-the-board spending reduction – F-35 purchases, joint exercises affected

(Times of Israel) The US will cut five percent, or $175 million, from its annual military aid package to Israel as part of across-the-board budgetary spending cuts, a Hebrew daily reported Friday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed Israeli officials in Washington, DC, to not ask the US government for an exception from the fiscal measures, according to Maariv. US military aid to Israel is currently set at $3.1 billion per year.

Speaking in DC, Ambassador Michael Oren said Thursday, “Israel did not seek an exception. We are willing to share in the burden.”

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