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U.S. Financial Aid To Israel: Figures, Facts, and Impact Summary

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    U.S. Financial Aid To Israel: Figures, Facts, and Impact Summary http://iron-clay.cloudnine.net.nz/one_world_government.html Benefits to Israel of U.S. Aid
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2006
      U.S. Financial Aid To Israel: Figures, Facts, and Impact Summary
      http://iron-clay.cloudnine.net.nz/one_world_government.html


      Benefits to Israel of U.S. Aid Since 1949 (As of November 1, 1997)

      Foreign Aid Grants and Loans
      $74,157,600,000
      Other U.S. Aid (12.2% of Foreign Aid)
      $9,047,227,200
      Interest to Israel from Advanced Payments
      $1,650,000,000
      Total Benefits per Israeli
      $14,630
      Grand Total
      $84,854,827,200
      Cost to U.S. Taxpayers of U.S. Aid to Israel
      Interest Costs Borne by U.S.
      $49,936,680,000
      Total Cost to U.S. Taxpayers
      $134,791,507,200
      Total Taxpayer Cost per Israeli
      $23,240

      Clips from http://www.washington-report.org/us_aid_to_israel/index.htm
      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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