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‘Thank You America!’: Netanyahu Applauds US Military Aid Worth $26 Billion to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked US lawmakers after they approved some $26 billion to support Israel and provide humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

U.S. lawmakers said about $4 billion of that would go to replenishing Israel’s missile defense systems, and more than $9 billion of the total would go to humanitarian aid in Gaza during the war between Israel and Hamas.

Israel thanked the US, saying: “When Israel is strong, the US is more secure” and that “Israel has no closer ally than America, and America has no closer ally than Israel”.

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Netanyahu wrote on the Thank you, friends, thank you America!”

On Saturday, US lawmakers approved $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel and other allies.

The US approved $1 billion in aid for Ukraine. Many Democrats cheered on the floor of the House of Representatives and waved blue and yellow flags of Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine said he was grateful to both parties in the House of Representatives and “personally to Speaker Mike Johnson for the decision that keeps history on track,” he said on X, formerly Twitter.

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“Thanks, America!” he said.

While aid to Ukraine failed to win over a majority of Republicans, several dozen progressive Democrats voted against the bill supporting Israel as they demanded an end to the bombardment of Gaza, which has killed thousands of civilians. A group of about 20 far-right Republicans voted against every part of the aid package, including for allies such as Israel and Taiwan, which have traditionally enjoyed support from the Republican Party.

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Meanwhile, the Palestinian presidency said the US House of Representatives’ approval of billions of dollars in new military aid to Israel marked “an aggression against the Palestinian people.”

The money would “translate into thousands of Palestinian victims in the Gaza Strip” and the West Bank, said Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, calling it a “dangerous escalation.”

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