It shows the disproportionate extent to which Israel and Egypt account for some $5.6 billion in U.S. assistance doled out this year, despite the emergence of other threats — the rampages of Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, for example, or the endurance of the Taliban in Afghanistan, or China's expansionism in the South China Sea.
To be sure, foreign military financing is just one of a number of American programs providing military assistance abroad, and does not reflect, for example, the U.S.'s substantial commitments to South Korea and Afghanistan, countries that have seen many years now of U.S. military engagement and support.
The high level of assistance provided to Israel and Egypt is, of course, a legacy of long-standing U.S. policy in the Middle East, but one that has come under recent scrutiny.
On a trip to Washington this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed with President Obama the terms of a new 10-year military aid package that the Israelis hope could eventually reach up to $50 billion. The renewal of ties comes in the face of conspicuous animosity between the two leaders, who have sparred over the collapse of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians as well as the White House's diplomatic overtures to Iran's theocratic regime.
Egypt, meanwhile, has drifted into authoritarianism since a 2013 coup toppled its democratically elected Islamist government; hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters were slaughtered, while thousands of supposed dissidents have been detained or disappeared. The worrying state of human rights in Egypt and the country's shrinking political freedoms have not stopped U.S. arms shipments, though.
Just this summer, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo celebrated the arrival of new military aid to the Egyptian regime in tweets.
This post has been updated.