Israel has a population of approximately 7.8 million, or a million fewer than the state of New Jersey. It is among the world's most affluent nations, with a per capita income similar to that of the European Union.[1] Israel's unemployment rate of 5.8% is better than America's 7.3%,[2] and Israel's net trade, earnings, and payments is ranked 30th in the world while the US sits in last place at a dismal 193rd.[3]

Yet, Israel receives more of America’s foreign aid budget than any other nation.[4] The US has, in fact, given more aid to Israel than it has to all the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean combined—which have a total population of over a billion people.[5]

And foreign aid is just one component of the staggering cost of our alliance with Israel.

Given the tremendous costs, it is critical to examine why we lavish so much aid on Israel, and whether it is worth Americans' hard-earned tax dollars. But first, let's take a look at what our alliance with Israel truly costs.

According to the Congressional Research Service , the amount of official US aid to Israel since its founding in 1948 tops $121 billion (adjusting for inflation, $233.7 billion as of March 2013),

Israel gets all of its aid money at the start of each year, rather than in quarterly installments like other countries.[7] This is significant: It means that Israel can start earning interest on the money right away – interest paid by the US since Israel invests these funds in US Treasury notes. In addition, because the US government operates at a deficit, it must borrow money in order to give it to Israel and then pay interest on it all year. Together these cost US taxpayers more than $100 million every year.

In all, direct US disbursements to Israel are higher than to any other country, even though Israelis only make up 0.1% of the world’s population. On average, Israelis receive 7,000 times more US foreign aid per capita than other people throughout the world, despite the fact that Israel is one of the world’s more affluent nations.

Above COPIED from http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stat/cost.html

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TomDorr 1 year 41 weeks ago
#1

Israel is our only dependable ally in the Middle East.

We need to support our strong allies. If the U.S. wants to save money, it should get out of the "West-hating" U.N. and sell the prime real estate building in NYC.

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Second Thoughts 1 year 41 weeks ago
#2

Smoke @ mirrors !!!

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zapdam 1 year 41 weeks ago
#3

TomDorr i've tried really hard to be respectful, but my god man you make it hard.

Quote TomDorr "Israel is our only dependable ally in the Middle East." Tom you are one really screwed up person,i mean really Tom you don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

Ever hear of the USS Liberty Tom, that the Israelis tried to sink , killing and injuring 208 American servicemen. Read up Tom because obviously you've again got your blinkers on. see-1

Tom Israel that America goves 11 million dollars a day too, every day , 365 days a year, They've numerous times been caught spying on America. Now why would a 'friend' who receives 4 billion dollars a year from a indebted country who can't even afford to pay its own bills, spy on America. Tom do you think that should be money spent at home in America on Americans? see-2

Ever heard of Reagan's October Surprise, in which he colluded with Americas sworn enemy IRAN to hold American hostages till after the 1980 elections, committing treason against his own country. Well Tom Israel was part of that Reagan conspiracy against the good old USA. see-3

Tom were you aware that it was an Israeli security service who were employed at the 9-11 airports, that allowed the hijackers to board those planes that killed over 3000 on the sunny day in September. Yes Tom whether intentional or just incompetence, Israeli security let it happen. A private security company called ICTS, owned by an Israeli, Ezra Harel, and registered in the Netherlands. This Israeli security was started by ex Mossad agents. Most of its personnel are ex-Shin Bet officers. Since Israels national carrier has never had an instance of piracy, kind of strange on that day , there was this big fail. These are facts Tom, you can shrug them off and believe whatever your delusional mind feels comfortable with, but don't come on this site and parrot the horseshit you've heard on CNN, Fox news or wherever. . see-4

see 1- http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/06/07/alan-hart-israels-attack-on-the-...

see-2 http://www.newsweek.com/2014/05/16/israel-wont-stop-spying-us-249757.html

see-3 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/26/reagan-s-october-surpri...

see-4 http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/ICTS.html

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zapdam 1 year 40 weeks ago
#4

I see TomDorr raised the white flag on defending Israel, but he's not alone , outside of blogger 'Second Thoughts', not one person in America has enough balls to comment here. American Sheepeople , the home of the apathetic and outright stupid, most who couldn't name their own vice president. The same crowd that stood by like ninnies and watched as a hate mongering fascist right right just stole their democracy, to fucking lazy to get off their couches and vote.

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TomDorr 1 year 39 weeks ago
#5

I didn't raise the white flag (of surrender) for defending Israel. I don't know how you got that impression.

I will always support Israel until I get evidence that I should not.

Please don't presuppose my thoughts simply because I don't continue comment.

be_logical_not_... 1 year 39 weeks ago
#6

Couldn't agree more, zap. Do the approximate math. For decades we give over $3B per year to a country of 6+M people. That's $500 for every man woman and child that lives in Israel! Works out to charging every man woman and child in America $10 a year. So my family of four pays $40 every year to be pooled with other tax payers money to give a weathly Israeli family of four $2000 every year. Thats like us buying every Israeli family a new laptop AND a big screen TV every year! Do they NEED it? No. If we gave a fraction of that amount to other needy nations we might start to eliminate global poverty, starvation, and the geopolitical turmoil that causes. (Yes I realize that there are over a billion people living on $1-$2 per day and we can't afford to give them all $500/yr which would more than double their standard of living ... but food for thought)

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zapdam 1 year 39 weeks ago
#7
Quote be_logical_not_ideological:

Couldn't agree more, zap. Do the approximate math. For decades we give over $3B per year to a country of 6+M people. That's $500 for every man woman and child that lives in Israel! Works out to charging every man woman and child in America $10 a year. So my family of four pays $40 every year to be pooled with other tax payers money to give a weathly Israeli family of four $2000 every year. Thats like us buying every Israeli family a new laptop AND a big screen TV every year! Do they NEED it? No. If we gave a fraction of that amount to other needy nations we might start to eliminate global poverty, starvation, and the geopolitical turmoil that causes. (Yes I realize that there are over a billion people living on $1-$2 per day and we can't afford to give them all $500/yr which would more than double their standard of living ... but food for thought)

My friend you have a great analytical mind , now if only 335 million Americans could be even half as smart as you. Somehow Israel has a spell over the American public, actually i think its more the US has been so propagandized , they blindly, unquestioningly follow whatever the dictates Israel calls for. If that doesn't work , Israel pulls the 'holocaust card' , that's usually good for rallying the local's. Norman Finkelstein ,a Jew, one of my favorite people in the world, calls this last act of bullshit by the Israelis , Israels 'holocaust industry'. Israel 'capitalizing' on the death of six million Jews in the holocaust, quite disgusting when you really think of it.

https://archive.org/details/HolocaustIndustry

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