Thursday, July 15, 2010

$114 Billion: Total Direct Aid To Israel

That special relationship that American and Israeli politicians talk about is very special indeed, to the tune of $114 billion dollars since the founding of Israel. That money has come in the form of direct military funding and economic aid. In fact, the $3 billion per year that Israel continues to receive - not counting loan guarantees - provides $500 per person to Israeli coffers. Given that 25% of the military funds - which now make up all of the financing - are allowed to be spent on Israeli weapons industries (the only country in the world that receives US military aid that is permitted to do so), this money has a huge multiplier effect in the Israeli economy. In fact, Israel is the world's ninth largest exporter of arms - an industry that has been entirely built with American taxpayer money. So much for the free market.
What this - self-described - conservative estimate demonstrates is just how key Israel is seen to American imperial interests in the Middle East. It also demonstrates that the America government, which plays a key role as a so-called arbiter in the Palestinian-Israeli non-negotiations, is not a neutral party at all. It's like your boss arbitrating a conflict between you and one of his managers. America has funded and supported Israel's theft of Palestinian land since day one. And it will continue to do so until the political cost is higher than the military and political benefit. Building the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and - importantly - the growing movement to break the siege of Gaza, will help to turn the tide. Ending the funding to Israel would not only be a big victory for the Palestinian struggle, it would be a major defeat for American imperialism.

Congress Watch | A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: Almost $114 Billion

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