Analysis: Missing the forest for the trees

WASHINGTON — Debate over a congressional proposal to increase Israel’s missile defense aid next year is something of a distraction: The real story is that 2017 may be the last year this debate needs to be had.

According to a senior Obama administration official, the Israeli government has succeeded in securing a central request in its negotiations over a decade-long US defense package: A long-term guarantee of missile defense aid, incorporating an annual allocation that had previously been negotiated each and every year into the National Defense Authorization Act.


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