The administration of U.S. President Donald trump gave the U.S. Congress a draft state budget 2018-2019 fiscal years.
Editorial NEWSru.co.il publishes extracts from a draft, concerning in particular Israel and the middle East region in General.
Embassy in Jerusalem
As published on the White house website project budget transfer its Embassy to Jerusalem is not mentioned. Refers only to the allocation of $ 4.6 billion on provision of personnel and facilities of the State Department abroad. This amount includes $ 2.6 billion for the construction of new fortified embassies in accordance with the recommendations of the Commission for the investigation of the incident in Benghazi.
At the same time, the state Department website says «a high priority of financing the construction of the building of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem for the 2018-2019 fiscal years. Construction will begin immediately on completion of design of the building.
Military aid to Israel
The draft budget highlights that the administration of the President attaches high importance to the Treaty on the provision of Israeli military assistance in the amount of $ 3.3 billion per year, signed last year.
Assistance to countries in the region
The administration of the President of the United States attaches great importance to the strategic partnership with Jordan, which will provide financial and military assistance in the amount of $ 1.3 billion. Also, significant financial assistance will be given to Egypt (the aid is not specified).
Other goals in the region
The draft budget highlights two challenges – the fight against «Islamic state» and other extremist groups, as well as opposition destabilizing the region, Iran’s influence. 127 million dollars will be allocated for the prevention of purchases by Iran and North Korea weapons of mass destruction.
Relations with the UN
In light of the announced U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO, UNRWA funding cuts and threats of cuts in funding the UN the draft budget said the review of U.S. participation in international projects increase the participation of other parties and on conformity assessment activities of international organizations to U.S. interests. At the state Department website says about the presentation to the UN demands to reduce costs, increase efficiency and more equitable distribution of funding sources.
6.4 billion is planned to allocate to the humanitarian crises in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and South Sudan.
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