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Will US military aid to Israel jeopardize Biden’s aid to Ukraine? – Times of India

NEW DELHI: US President Biden pledged to increase military assistance to Israel after an unprecedented attack by Hamas militants left more than 1,000 Israelis dead, leading to violent reprisals against the Gaza Strip under Palestinian control.
The commitment has raised concerns about whether Washington can strengthen its defense. help in Israel without endangering aid to Ukraine, particularly in light of Republican lawmakers’ impeachment of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and their failure to appoint a successor.
Biden administration officials say Washington can effectively manage both commitments, while recognizing there will be challenges ahead.
Here are some important factors that could impact U.S. aid to Israel and Ukraine
WE Congress in a state of chaos and dysfunction
The US Congress, which controls spending, is in a state of chaos and dysfunction, making it difficult to pass legislation authorizing additional funding for Israel and Ukraine. The House of Representatives, where spending bills usually originate, no longer has a permanent speaker after the ouster of Kevin McCarthy by far-right Republicans, some of whom oppose aid. ‘Ukraine. The Senate, where Democrats have a slim majority, faces threats of filibuster from Republicans who want to block Biden’s agenda. Additionally, the U.S. government faces a potential shutdown within weeks if Congress fails to pass a budget or stopgap measure. Therefore, it is possible that any request for additional aid to Israel could crowd out or delay aid to Ukraine, which already faces a shortage of weapons and equipment in its fight against Israel-backed separatists. Russia.
Biden admin needs support from US Congress
On Tuesday, President Biden announced that his administration had begun providing additional military support to Israel, including interceptors to strengthen the Iron Dome defense system. He emphasized that when Congress returns, urgent measures will be proposed to address the critical national security needs of our critical allies.
Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said the United States needs additional support from Congress to increase its production and deliveries of munitions, which are in high demand by both allies. The United States has already spent more than $46 billion on security aid to Ukraine since 2014, when Russia first invaded parts of its territory, and more than $38 billion on military assistance to Israel as part of a 10-year agreement signed in 2016. other commitments and priorities around the world, such as countering the rise of China, supporting NATO allies and addressing humanitarian crises.
What the history of American aid says
The United States has a history and reputation for being able to provide military assistance to multiple allies simultaneously, even in times of crisis or conflict. The United States has for decades been the world’s largest arms exporter, supplying weapons and equipment to dozens of countries around the world. The United States has also been involved in several wars and interventions in different regions at the same time, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and others. The United States has demonstrated its ability to mobilize its resources and capabilities quickly and effectively when needed, such as after the September 11 attacks or during the Arab Spring.
The Biden administration and congressional Democrats are considering linking legislation for additional military support to both countries, hoping to gain bipartisan support and avoid opposition from some Republicans opposed to aid. ‘Ukraine.
There are several ways to legislate additional aid to both Ukraine and Israel. One option involves Congress considering a separate spending bill combining support for the two countries, similar to a spending proposal introduced by President Biden in August that included funds for Ukraine, disaster relief and border security.
Alternatively, funding for both countries could be folded into a broader spending bill that Congress must approve later this year to ensure the federal government remains operational once the temporary spending measure expires next month.
(With contribution from agencies)

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