Israel's Special Defense Aid Request May be Cut to $1b

(Ha'aretz)Nathan Guttman and Aluf Benn - U.S. sources said the White House may scale back Israel's $4 billion defense aid request, possibly to under $1 billion. Defense Ministry Director General Amos Yaron is in Washington to discuss the request. Sources in Washington said the request had run into opposition both in the administration and on Capitol Hill, which is bracing for a war in Iraq that could cost U.S. taxpayers close to $100 billion. "The administration is not enthusiastic," one source said. "Israel is already a major recipient of U.S. largess and $4 billion was just too much at this time," one U.S. source said.

2003-02-27 00:00:00

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