Robert Naiman, policy director at Just Foreign Policy, says that it could also exempt Israel from any reduction in foreign aid that might result from budget cuts.
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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in Washington, is expected to urge the US Congress to maintain financial support for Israel in its annual convention.
The group, which is made up of over 12,000 delegates, will try to make sure that the annual $3bn US military aid package to Israel will not be jeopardised as Congress carries out across-the-board spending cuts.
Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports from Washington D.C.
A political analyst tells Press TV that the United States creates money out of thin air based on the labor of the American people and yet it does not go for anything good because it goes to the entity of Israel. This is while the United States was finally forced to take $85 billion from its federal budget this year after President Barack Obama signed into effect spending cuts, known as the sequester. About half of the cuts, 43 billion dollars, will affect the US military sector.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Chris Dorsey, economic and political commentator, to further discuss the issue.