Israel and Egypt are scheduled to receive a combined total of more than $5 billion in economic and military aid commitments in fiscal 1989 out of a global total of $14.3 billion, according to the State Department.
The two nations have been given the highest priority in the foreign assistance allocations for years, and the next budget year will be no exception. Israel is scheduled to receive commitments for $1.2 billion in economic aid and $1.8 billion in military aid while Egypt would receive $815 million and $1.3 billion respectively.
The $14.3 billion proposed by the administration would not represent actual 1989 outlays, because some of the money will be spent on projects extending over several years. The outlay figure is expected to be several billion less than the $14.3 billion request.
A U.S. official said that of the $1.3 billion in military aid proposed for Egypt, only a few million would actually be spent next year and the remainder would be for use in future years. The same holds true for the economic aid program, although the percentage of cash outlays are somewhat higher compared with the military program for Egypt.