US Vice President Announces Israel Visit To Discuss New Military Deal

US Vice President Announces Israel Visit To Discuss New Military Deal

The US Vice President will be meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv next week to discuss a new military deal.

Joe Biden’s office announced his upcoming two-day trip on Wednesday, saying that he will also meet with the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Press TV reports:

Moreover, the VP would pay a visit to the city of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank city of Ramallah in the occupied lands, as part of a broader Middle East tour that includes stops in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

On the top of Biden’s agenda is a new US-Israel deal that will replace the current military aid deal that is set to expire in 2018.

Despite Israel’s procurement of $6.2 billion in total annual aid from the US, the Tel Aviv regime is now seeking a new 10-year agreement worth $5 billion in annual military aid with Washington.

This is a significant increase from the $3.1 billion it has received yearly since a 2007 agreement with the George W. Bush administration.

US military assistance to Israel has amounted to $124.3 billion since it began in 1962, according to a recent congressional report.

Biden is also expected to discuss a months-long dispute over the Iran nuclear deal, as part of which the US began the process of lifting sanctions on Tehran.