The debate over the size of the Israeli defense budget has reached the U.S. Senate too. In a committee session held at the beginning of June, senators raised, for the first time, the question of whether the United States needs to continue granting such a large amount of military aid to Israel.

The United States gives Israel $3.1 billion in military aid a year, which is used for buying American-produced military equipment. In addition, the United States provides special military aid for specific purposes.

During the Obama administration years, the United States has given Israel almost $1 billion to develop weapons systems to intercept rockets and missiles, including the Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow projects. […]