David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy told Jewish Insider, “It is wrong to view the incoming Trump as a gravy train for Israel.” Citing the current divide within the Republican Party on the role of American involvement in the Middle East, Makovsky added, “There is a fiscal side of Trump who feels that America has limited resources and our friends should not be exploiting” that generosity.
“Israel needs to be very careful [about] making military assistance a partisan issue,” noted Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President of Research at the Foundations for the Defense of Democracies. “The Israelis will need to remember that this is a four or eight-year period, and the tide can easily shift in another direction. Tearing up a previous agreement in a way that would be viewed as partisan would not play well for a Democratic party that appears to be drifting left.”
Aaron Keyak, a Democratic strategist and co-founder of Blue Light Strategies stressed that renegotiating the MOU would undercut the meaningfulness of the agreement. “At a time where the US-Israel relationship has become more and more partisan, it is important to keep bedrocks of the US-Israel relationships like the MOU intact and reliable,” Keyak added.
Under the Obama MOU, Washington will provide Israel with over $10.4 million per day. Israel receives more than half of America’s entire foreign military assistance budget. Netanyahu thanked President Obama, calling the deal “a very important achievement for the state of Israel, and Israeli citizens can be rightly proud of it.” Nonetheless, some Israelis, including former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, blasted Netanyahu for not securing enough American aid, demanding millions more. The Obama deal does allow for America to offer the Jewish state additional funds during wartime, which in Israel’s context happens relatively frequently.
Given the economic woes facing many Trump supporters, offering Israel with more aid—beyond the $38 billion—is not likely to occur during the beginning of the next administration, explained Dan Arbell, Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institute. The Jewish state would also have to worry about the public relations repercussions of obtaining even more financial assistance when Americans are facing high unemployment levels. Because of Trump’s independent streak, Arbell emphasized that even though Friedman promised additional aid does not guarantee that the real-estate billionaire will implement such a policy. Trump has frequently
Trump has frequently disregarded advice from fellow Republicans such as their recommendation that he cease insulting a beauty queen for gaining weight.