Monday, May 16, 2016

Can USA Funding Israel Go On?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                    

Is Israel in danger of not receiving funds from the USA these days with a new President?
This is what Israel's Ambassador to the USA, Ron Dermer,  said:

"What do you say to those who argue that Israel is a rich enough country to forgo U.S. assistance?

Military aid is primarily spent in America to purchase U.S. military platforms and weapons, such as fighter planes and ammunition. In Israel's case, about three quarters of military assistance is spent in the U.S. to buy U.S. military systems. . .

As to your question as to why Israel still needs military assistance, it is true that Israel has a relatively high GDP per capita -- about $37,000. The problem is that Israel doesn't have enough "capita." That is, we have a very small population -- 8.5 million people -- and a total GDP of approximately $300 billion. . .

The prime minister recently pointed out that in the last 10 to 15 years, the U.S. has spent over $1.5 trillion in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's the equivalent of about 500 years of U.S. assistance to Israel. And Israel has never asked American soldiers to risk their lives to defend us -- only to provide us with the tools we need to better defend ourselves.
USA and Israel cooperation: a EUCOM picture
That is probably why former Secretary of State Alexander Haig once called Israel the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security, and why Vice President Biden recently said that if there were not an Israel, America would have to invent it.

If there is a country in the world from which American is getting the most bang for its buck, it is Israel -- a strong, reliable democratic ally in the most dangerous region on earth. "
Ziva David on NCIS: played by Cote de Pablo of Chile

Israeli female IDF as good as Ziva on NCIS 

Resource: Gary L. Bauer, Director:  CUFI Action Board from

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