Biden Proposes $100 Billion Aid Package for Ukraine and Israel

President Joe Biden is set to submit a substantial funding package request to Congress, with the focus primarily on aiding Ukraine and Israel

by Faruk Imamovic
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Biden Proposes $100 Billion Aid Package for Ukraine and Israel
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President Joe Biden is set to submit a substantial funding package request to Congress, with the focus primarily on aiding Ukraine and Israel. Reports from NBC News suggest that out of the proposed $100 billion, $60 billion would be earmarked for Ukraine, while the remaining $40 billion is intended for Israel.

Congressional Debate Over Munitions and Aid

There is a rising debate among Congressional Republicans, especially those apprehensive about increasing aid to Ukraine. Their primary argument is the urgency for the U.S. to restock the munitions that were dispatched to Europe.

The supplementary funding for Ukraine might address some of these reservations. Sources have indicated that a portion of this aid could be allocated for munitions replenishment. Although the munitions funding is anticipated to be coupled with the Ukraine aid package, its eventual utilization remains diverse.

Discussions have centered on potential deployment in the Middle East, among other regions. This substantial financial proposal by the Biden administration is expected to be formally presented to Congress by Friday.

U.S. Assistance to Ukraine: A Retrospective

For context, it's worth noting that the U.S.

has already extended over $75 billion in both military and financial aid to Ukraine in recent years. Biden's willingness to commit taxpayer dollars, especially to conflict regions, was made evident during his recent appearance on 60 Minutes.

When questioned about the U.S.' s financial capability to support multiple war fronts, the President confidently responded, "We're the United States of America for God's sake," accompanied by a distinctive grin.

Recent Developments in the Middle East

Further showcasing his administration's commitment to international humanitarian causes, Biden announced a new allocation of $100 million for humanitarian assistance.

This aid is directed towards both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, regions significantly affected by ongoing conflicts. Recent reports highlight the escalating human toll of the conflict. Since Hamas initiated its attacks in Israel on October 7th, over 3,400 individuals have lost their lives in Gaza, and more than 12,500 have sustained injuries.

The repercussions in Israel are also severe, with 1,400 fatalities and approximately 3,500 wounded due to the continuous warfare.

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