Netanyahu on US defense aid package for Israel: We should thank the US

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the criticism voiced by many Israeli officials over the weekend regarding the US defense aid package for Israel that was signed last week: “This is a record deal and we should all be welcoming it and thanking the US.”
Netanyahu (archives) Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

At the beginning of this week’s government meeting, Netanyahu dismissed the criticism voiced by many Israeli officials regarding the US defense aid package for Israel that was signed last week. “I hear all kinds of background noises and misinformation,” Netanyahu said. “We were never offered more- not even a dollar more.”

The Israeli Prime Minister commented on the amount of money that will be granted by the US to Israel over the period of a decade and attacked those criticizing the agreement. “The saddest thing is that it appears as if they are ungrateful to the Americans,” said Netanyahu. “This is a record deal and we should all be welcoming it and thanking the US.”

Netanyahu also spoke about the series of terror attacks that began on Friday. He warned that the violence will most likely increase as the Jewish High Holidays approach. “As the High Holidays approach, the amount of risk increases,” Netanyahu explained. “The IDF and Israel Police are increasing their forces and the forces are more alert.” In addition, the Israeli Prime Minister related to the spillover fire from Syria and said: “We will not allow another front to be opened in the Golan Heights. Not there and nowhere else.”

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