Netanyahu may meet with Obama on US defense aid increase to Israel

Reports claiming meeting may occur during AIPAC Policy Conference

Prime Minister Netanyahu may travel to Washington next month to meet with President Obama, the meeting reportedly to be centered on increasing US defense aid to Israel.

Netanyahu will likely speak at AIPAC’s Policy Conference in Washington, reports pointing towards a possible meeting during his visit.

In 2015, Israel requested the United States raise its annual $3 billion in aid for the Jewish state, reports claiming a $1 billion request. The aid package to Israel is set to expire in 2018, Israel and American lobbyist groups and Israeli officials pushing for an increase in aid to be used for Israel’s continued advances in defense projects, mainly military and technology.

According to US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, “We are now trying to consolidate a deal for the coming 10 years- what military aid we will give- a very complicated effort, which takes into account both Israel’s security needs and the budgetary limitations of the United States… I think we have an excellent opportunity to set out the costs and amounts of the aid for the next 10 years, and this will give the Israel Defense Forces time to do the planning and decide what systems they will buy with the aid.”

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, February 14, 2016.