U.S. Financial Aid To Israel: Figures, Facts, and Impact Summary
- U.S. Financial Aid To Israel: Figures, Facts, and Impact Summary
Benefits to Israel of U.S. Aid Since 1949 (As of November 1, 1997)
Foreign Aid Grants and Loans
Other U.S. Aid (12.2% of Foreign Aid)
Interest to Israel from Advanced Payments
Total Benefits per Israeli
Cost to U.S. Taxpayers of U.S. Aid to Israel
Interest Costs Borne by U.S.
Total Cost to U.S. Taxpayers
Total Taxpayer Cost per Israeli
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He explored the strategic reasoning behind the aid, asserting that it
parallels the "needs of American arms exporters" and the role "Israel
could play in advancing U.S. strategic interests in the region."
The U.S. supports Israel's dominance so it can serve as "a surrogate
for American interests in this vital strategic region." "Israel has
helped defeat radical nationalist movements" and has been a "testing
ground for U.S. made weaponry." Moreover, the intelligence agencies of
both countries have "collaborated," and "Israel has funneled U.S. arms
to third countries that the U.S. [could] not send arms to
directly, Iike South Africa, like the Contras, Guatemala under the
military junta, [and] Iran." Zunes cited an Israeli analyst who said:
"'It's like Israel has just become another federal agency when it's
convenient to use and you want something done quietly."' Although the
strategic relationship between the United States and the Gulf Arab
states in the region has been strengthening in recent years, these
states "do not have the political stability, the technological
sophistication, [or] the number of higher-trained armed forces
personnel" as does Israel.
Matti Peled, former Israeli major general and Knesset member, told
Zunes that he and most Israeli generals believe this aid is "little
more than an American subsidy to U.S. arms manufacturers," considering
that the majority of military aid to Israel is used to buy weapons
from the U.S. Moreover, arms to Israel create more demand for weaponry
in Arab states. According to Zunes, "the Israelis announced back in
1991 that they supported the idea of a freeze in Middle East arms
transfers, yet it was the United States that rejected it."
In the fall of 1993-when many had high hopes for peace-78 senators
wrote to former President Bill Clinton insisting that aid to Israel
remain "at current levels." Their "only reason" was the "massive
procurement of sophisticated arms by Arab states." The letter
neglected to mention that 80 percent of those arms to Arab countries
came from the U.S. Yet the "Aerospace Industry Association which
promotes these massive arms shipments is even more influential."
Israel enjoys other privileges. While most countries receiving U.S.
military aid funds are expected to use them for U.S. arms, ammunition
and training, Israel can spend part of these funds on weapons made by
Israeli manufacturers. Also, when it spends its U.S. military aid
money on U.S. products, Israel frequently requires the U.S. vendor to
buy components or materials from Israeli manufacturers. Thus, though
Israeli politicians say that their own manufacturers and exporters are
making them progressively less dependent upon U.S. aid, in fact those
Israeli manufacturers and exporters are heavily subsidized by U.S. aid.
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