President Donald Trump has put $15 billion toward the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and has been praised by many Israelis for his “biggest” foreign policy achievement.
The White House on Thursday announced that Trump’s budget would include $15.5 billion to help Israel pay for its war with Hamas, which has occupied Gaza since 2007.
The $15bn is a new funding round for Israel that is not part of previous Pentagon spending bills.
It comes as Israel’s war with Iran has escalated, with Tehran threatening a major attack on Israeli soil and Israel accusing Iran of arming Hamas.
Israel, which is not a member of the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, is the US’ closest ally in the region.
Israel has been struggling with its own nuclear program and is increasingly dependent on the United States for its energy supplies.
The United States and Israel have also agreed to increase their military cooperation.
Israel is one of the most politically sensitive countries in the Middle East and is one-fifth of the world’s population.
Trump’s announcement comes just months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the US is ready to negotiate a peace deal with the Palestinians.