$30 Billion For Israel's Military

Posted: 03/13/2009 by editormary in Newswire, Palestine, War, Zionism
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Same old story, new president:

U.S. President Barack Obama will not cut the billions of dollars in military aid promised to Israel, a senior U.S. administration official said Wednesday. The $30 billion in aid promised to Israel over the next decade will not be harmed by the world financial crisis, the official told Israel Radio. He spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. military aid to Israel was increased in a decade-long deal agreed to by Bush in 2007. OTOH, U.S. will pay close to $1 billion for rebuilding the wreckage in Gaza mostly caused by armaments paid for by the U.S.! To add insult to injury, there is a condition on that money:

Clinton: Some $900 million pledged by the United States to the Palestinians will be withdrawn if the expected Palestinian Authority coalition government between Fatah and Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, Western and Israeli diplomats said Wednesday.

Key Facts

  • Total direct aid to Israel, 1948-2003, $89.9 billion (uncorrected for inflation)
  • Since 1976 Israel has been the largest annual recipient of US aid. It is the largest cumulative recipient since World War II.
  • Direct U.S. aid for each Israeli citizen in 2001 (per capita annual income of Israel = $16,710) — over $500
  • Direct U.S. Aid for each Ethiopian citizen in 2001 (per capita annual income of Ethiopia = $100) — about $.45
  • REGULAR US GRANT AID in FY 2003
    1. $2.76 billion military aid grant
    2. $2.1 billion economic support funds
    3. $600 million refugee resettlement grant
  • COMMERCIAL LOAN GUARANTEES IN FY 2003, $2 billion
  • BUSH ADMINISTRATION SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST FOR FY 2003
    1. Military aid grant $1 billion
    2. Commercial loan guarantees $9 billion
    3. Arrow missile development $60 million
  • TOTAL AID FOR FY 2003 $14.82 billion
  • Percentage of U.S. foreign aid that goes to Israel — 30%
  • Israel’s population as a percentage of world population — .01%
  • Section 116 of the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) states, “No assistance may be provided under this part to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” 22 U.S.C. 2304(a)
  • Section 4 of the Arms Export Control Act prohibits selling military equipment to countries that use them for non-self-defense purposes.
  • The U.S. State Department determined in February 2001 that Israel has committed each of the acts that the law defines as “gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, including torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges and trial, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction and clandestine detention of those persons, and other flagrant denials of the right to life, liberty, or the security of person.” It described Israeli army use of live ammunition against Palestinians when soldiers were not in impending danger as “excessive use of force.”

SOURCES: Clyde R. Mark, Israel: U.S. Foreign Assistance, Congressional Research Service, updated April 1, 2003; Clyde R. Mark, Middle East: U.S. Foreign Assistance, FY 2001, FY 2002, FY 2003 Congressional Research Service, March 28, 2002

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Comments
  1. Sabretache says:

    I suggest that Clinton’s ‘requirement’ that A Hamas/Fatah coalition (or whoever clearly enjoys the allegiance of the majority of Palestinians) ought to pose no serious problem. It could even be turned very much to their advantage and make life VERY difficult for the US and Israel by exposing Zionism for the racist/apartheid ideology that it so clearly is. Since a two-State ‘solution’ has become a virtual impossibility given Israeli actions in the West Bank, the PA should say OK we will formally and explicitly recognise Israel’s right to exist, but only if it’s constitution is changed to render it a true democracy with religion or ethnicity qualifications for citizenship removed from its constitution and the indigenous Palestinians given full and equal citizenship rights. That message should be trumpeted very loudly and clearly over and over again in every possible international forum. It is a VERY reasonable position which, if promoted skillfully has the potential to seriously wrong-foot Zionist apologists.

  2. Sabretache says:

    FWIW you may like to take a look at this: CIA report: Israel will fall in 20 years.

    The thinking is as I indicated in the above comment.

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  4. DavidB says:

    @Sabretache – Yea…that’s a good idea. Let people vote who have sworn to drive Israel into the sea. As long as Palestinians are led by militant Islam and its world domination ideology, Israel is obliged to keep a firm, even brutal hand on its Muslim inhabitants. The rest of the world would do well to do the same. Any faith that has been at the heart of the currently world crisis needs to be controlled and even subdued. How about this…..Israel give every last human being in it’s borders the right to vote on the same day Islam declares that it will stop trying to take over the world.

  5. ginosz says:

    david,

    who cares about voting when arab citizens of israel are not allowed the same rights simply for not being born a jew? your faith called zionism is dragging the jewish inhabitants of israel not being able to face reality. that zionism armed to the teeth with the latest technology and 30bil+USD aid per year and genocide and ethnic cleansing of arabs who identify themselves as palestinians living in occupied palestine and under inhuman conditions in the west bank and gaza will overcome israel. with or without money and technology.

    try neturei karta if you don’t like me talking about my faith.

  6. Doug Meredith says:

    I’ll tell you what, you find a way to stop arms from pouring into Gaza (thus into the hands of Hamas who has sworn death to Israel) and I’ll be the first one to call my Congressman and Senator screaming to stop aid to Israel immediately. Until then, every single nation on earth has the right to defend itself. We can all scream atrocities but again, it happens from both sides.

  7. Shaukat says:

    Israel’s cost to the US taxpayers in real sense is over US$3 trillion:

    http://www.rense.com/general41/trill.htm

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