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White House to request $40 billion for Israel in supplemental budget

President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US President Joe Biden plans to request around $100 billion in a national security supplemental package this week, including $40 billion in aid for Israel, Taiwan and for the US southern border, and around $60 billion in aid for Ukraine, according to CNN.

Biden himself had said this week that he planned to ask lawmakers to approve an “unprecedented support package for Israel’s defense.”

The request for aid to Israel as part of the supplemental package comes after Biden traveled to Israel to show the US ally his resounding support.

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According to CNN, two officials says Biden had wanted to finalize a decision on how much to request for Israel until after he had had the chance to meet in person with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war cabinet and get a detailed sense of what the country’s defense needs were.

Meanwhile, additional funding to help Ukraine in its war against Russia has long been a top priority for the administration.

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