Israel has asked the US for an additional $10 billion in military aid amid its onslaught in Gaza, The New York Times reported on Monday night.
The report said lawmakers in Congress are working with the White House to craft a spending package that will include military aid for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan and additional funds for border security.
Reuters reported on Tuesday that President Biden will request a spending package for all the military aid worth about $100 billion. Previous reports said Biden was looking for a massive spending package for Ukraine that would last through the 2024 election.
If Israel gets the extra $10 billion it would be on top of the $3.8 billion the US provides the country each year. The administration has expressed full-throated support for Israel’s campaign in Gaza and has already shipped new military equipment and deployed major firepower to the region, including two aircraft carrier strike groups.
The US began providing Taiwan with military aid this year, an unprecedented step in the era of normalized US-China relations. Lumping in Taiwan aid as part of a spending package to fund two hot wars in Ukraine and Gaza will be viewed as a major provocation in Beijing.