U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., is pairing up with a Texas Republican to have the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Israel work together around the globe.
Frankel and U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Tex., brought out a bill “to enhance development cooperation in the areas of water resources, agriculture and energy storage between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Israel in developing countries.”
“For decades, America and Israel have provided international aid based on our shared values and cultures of innovation,” Frankel said on Monday. “This legislation would expand the reach of our important partnership and improve lives around the world.”
“The shared desire of the United States and Israel to see others thrive is foundational to our partnership,” said Weber. “Developmental aid ultimately seeks to provide self-sustainability to countries as they develop into future global marketplace competitors. This legislation maximizes on our continued partnership as we seek to expand the reach and effectiveness of our aid.”
“Shortly after its founding, Israel established MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, to spread its wealth of knowledge to developing countries. MASHAV has helped lift entire communities out of poverty by focusing on capacity-building and training in the areas of education, women’s empowerment, food security, humanitarian aid, and technology innovation. USAID has a long history of partnering with MASHAV in many of these development areas,” Frankel’s office noted.
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