Israel's aid, contribution to US VS US' aid to hostile Arab countriesAsides from the obvious common interest in fighting militant & radicalism, Israel being the block against expansionism of Jihadism in the middle east.
But here are a bit more about tangible contributions:
http://www.gamla.org.il/english/article/2004/jan/win1.htm Hiding Israel's Contribution To The U.S. Military
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/gulf_war_&_Israel.html Israel's Contribution to the Gulf War. by Mitchell Bard ... Nevertheless, Israel did aid the United States' successful campaign to roll back Iraq's ...
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US aid to Egypt: $3bn (£1.9bn) in aid and other credits, plus another $1bn in gifts. $1bn for Jordan...
http://www.science.co.il/Arab-Israeli-conflict/Articles/Anonymous-2003-08.asp US Foreign Aid to it's Enemies (inclusing Arab countries)
http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/BBC.htm http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/egyptaid.html Foreign Aid to Egypt
http://www.likud.nl/press371.html Billions of dollars poured into frontline [Arab] states like Jordan and Egypt. Arafat himself got tens of millions, though none of it ever seemed to show up in good housing, roads, or power plants for his people. The terror continued, enhanced rather than arrested, by Western largess and Israeli concessions. ... And then they (Islamists Terrorists) came after us...
When propagandists hypocritically 'cry wolf' about "our money", If they really care about "our money", they'd: Talk about "our money" (Billions!) to Egypt that "loves" us so much (no matter our policy) in the UN & in their press, plus their brutal oppressing of the http://www.copts.com/
Talk about "our money" to "palestinians" that most end up in Genocide-Bombing (just like: EU fraud office investigates aid diversion to bombers).
Talk about "our money" (Billions!) to Jordan, yes another "moderate" regime, with it's anti-US protests & so many Honor Killing .
Talk about "our money" (Bilions!) to Nuke-Power-Pakistan, amidst massive Indian victims' protests.India lobbying to block US aid: Pakistan . (Not that encouraging Musharaf to coopererate in anti-terrorism is not recomended, but if for that alone, Israel is far more at value, of course).
Talk about "our money" to Islamic Sudan that is the ONLY ONE TODAY that still enslaves Christians SUDAN CHRISTIANS CRY OUT SILENTLY FOR HELP! .
These are what we call FACTS. Say it with me: FACTS.
The United States gives more foreign aid to the Arab world than to Israel.
Egypt - $2,116,000,000 Jordan - $192,814,000 Lebanon - $12,550,000 Liberia - $36,123,000 Angola - $54,408,000 Sudan - $1,121,000 Oman - $225,000
and so on...
And here's something that will boggle the minds of you Israel haters. In the last United Nations vote on foreign aid, only 7 nations WORLDWIDE voted against the United States giving $3 billion to Israel. Only Micronesia got less votes against, with 0.
On the other hand... 78 nations voted against the United States giving financial aid to Lebanon. 67 nations voted against the United States giving financial aid to Jordan. 66 nations voted against the United States giving financial aid to Egypt.
and the list goes on...
Why so many votes against supporting countries like Lebanon, and so few votes against supporting a country like Israel?
Following is by foundation1
http://foundation1.org/wp-en/2006/02/07/the-myth-of-israelâs-dependence-on-the-united-states/ - The Myth of Israel’s Dependence on the United States
So long as Israel believes it’s dependent on the U.S. for its survival, Washington will continue to mediate the Israel-Arab conflict to the disadvantage of the Jewish state.
American and Israeli politicians are ever saying that the shared moral values the U.S. and Israel is the basis of their friendly relationship. Ariel Sharon often said that his friendly relationship with President George W. Bush was Israel’s greatest strategic asset. No wonder Sharon repeatedly engaged in unilateral concessions to Israel’s Arab enemies! But this obviously renders Israelis servile and undermines the security of their country.
Now, contrary to conventional wisdom, Israel’s military and economic dependence on the U.S. is a myth. Some years ago Joseph Sisco, former Assistant Secretary of State, told Israeli author Shmuel Katz, “I want to assure you, Mr. Katz, that if we were not getting full value for our money, you would not get a cent from us.” American foreign policy-makers are pragmatists, not moralists. U.S. aid to Israel is animated by national self-interest—pious platitudes to the contrary notwithstanding. Israel is and has been America’s biggest strategic bargain.
According to Gen. George Keegan, former chief of U.S. Air Force Intelligence, while Israel annually received $1.8 billion in military grants from the U.S. between 1974-1990, Israeli aid to America was worth between $50-80 billion in intelligence, research and development savings, Soviet weapons systems captured and transferred to the Pentagon, and testing Soviet military doctrines up to 1990, when the USSR collapsed.
Moreover, the bulk of the $1.8 billion Israel currently receives in military aid must be spent in the U.S., where it provides jobs for an estimated 50,000 American workingmen. It should also be noted that Israel would not need this amount of military aid were it not for huge American arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Egypt. U.S. military aid to Israel creates a demand for, and the purchase of, tens of billions of dollars worth of U.S. weaponry by these and other Arab states.
American arms manufacturers have a vested interest in opposing any reduction of military aid to Israel—and so do their representatives in Congress. Directly and indirectly, Israel has enriched a welter of American corporations. For this reason alone, American congressmen, irrespective of their attitude toward Israel, will oppose cuts in military aid to the Jewish state. And as world leader in software and avionics, Israel has many corporate friends in the USA.
Mention should also be made of Israel’s medical research contribution to the U.S. And then there are the thousands of Israeli-educated engineers and scientists that live and work in the U.S. and have contributed countless billions of dollars to the American economy!
As for the $1.2 billion Israel receives from the U.S. in “economic” assistance, it does not go into building up Israel’s economy. Most of the money is used to repay pre-1974 loans for military hardware. It has been reduced by $120 million a year beginning in 1998, so that it is now negligible. By the way, Israeli economists across the political spectrum agree that U.S. aid to Israel has reduced the productivity of this country. Israel would have its own fighter aircraft were it not for myth of its dependence on the USA.
But now consider Israel’s strategic contribution to the U.S.
Ever since 1971, when Israel first received significant amounts of aid from the U.S., the Jewish state has helped secure NATO’s southern flank.
In 1970, at Washington’s behest, Israel prevented a Syrian invasion of Jordan. By protecting Jordan from this client of the former Soviet Union, Israel thwarted Moscow’s ambitions in the Middle East. (By the way, it would be naive to think that Russia has permanently abandoned its historic objectives in this region.)
Furthermore, Israel would not have been financially indebted to the U.S. had she not withdrawn from the Sinai. By so doing Israel lost a $17 billion infrastructure, including her most sophisticated air bases, as well as Israeli-developed oil fields which, by now, would have made the country energy-independent. Israel has had to spend more importing oil than she has thus far received in U.S. “economic” assistance. It was as if the United States beggared Israel to display American “charity.”
The question arises: What prevents Israel’s political leaders from telling the truth about this grotesque state of affairs? Do they fear the loss of $1.8 billion in military aid? Perhaps this was true in 1985, when Israel’s Gross Domestic Product was $24.5 billion. But today, when Israel’s GDP is almost $150 billion, the $1.8 billion is only 1.2% of its GDP. Given even a much smaller GDP, $1.8 billion can’t be deemed indispensable for Israel’s survival. Indeed, if Israel had a government that was not steeped in corruption, it could dispense with American “charity” entirely! All it would have to do is clamp down on tax-evasion. Or if the government granted a moratorium to big tax evaders and lowered taxes, this would increase capital investment and make Israel another Singapore!
But all this is known to Israeli politicians. If so, why do they perpetuate the myth of Israel’s dependence on the U.S.?
According to contemporary political science, the dominant motivation of politicians is the desire for power and prestige. (This is precisely how nine out of ten Israelis view Israeli politicians!) It follows that Israel’s ruling elites may have a personal interest in fostering the myth that their country’s survival depends on U.S. aid. This conclusion gains credence from the fact that no Israeli government has undertaken serious steps to liberate Israel from its supposed dependency.
Like other political elites, Israel’s want the people to feel dependent on the government. Influenced, no doubt, by Israel’s precarious situation, many people in this country want a strong leader, even if he is corrupt. Sharon exploited this tendency. As already mentioned, he repeatedly said that his friendly relationship with President Bush is Israel’s greatest strategic asset. This could not but make the people feel all the more dependent on Sharon himself. Stated another way: by fostering the myth of Israel’s dependence on the U.S., Israeli prime ministers can the more readily manipulate and control the people.
At the same time, the myth of Israel’s dependence on the U.S. is also used by Israeli prime ministers as an excuse for their caving in to American pressure.
All this substantiates what I have long called for—regime change. This will require the compete overhaul of Israel’s system of governance, beginning with democratizing the mode of electing the legislature; replacing the corrupt system of multi-cabinet government with a popularly elected president; and democratizing the method of appointing the Supreme Court. These democratic reforms will empower the people—the key to making Israel a truly independent and sovereign state—yes, and even a Jewish one!
While Arab regimes aid-receivers only take
ISRAEL THE GIVER!
http://www.geocities.com/d_elazar/USA/IsraelAidUSA.htm Israel – Aid to the USA
http://www.acpr.org.il/cloakrm/opeds/050511.html In Many Ways, Israel Is the Giver and the U.S. Is the Receiver
US reaps mutual benefit of aid to Israel http://www.israel21c.org/bin/en.jsp?enDispWho=Views%5El277&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Views
The BIG BUCKS are really for Arabian OIL
A lot of phoneys conveniently forget about that [or maybe really are ignorant]. Actually, that's the really big bucks. Payments for oil for many years [and maybe still today] were in part a disguise for foreign aid to Saudi Arabia and other free world, democracy-oriented countries in the Arab world. This trick for subsidizing the Arabs goes back to 1951. See links: http://ziontruth.blogspot.com/2005/09/kindly-making-arabia-rich.html
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Our two-faced 'friends' in the Middle East Victor Davis Hanson, RealClearPolitics.com, 03 March 2006
With friends like this... Alex Alexiev, National Review Online, 24 February 2006
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