How Much Does Israel Cost The United States?
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How Much Does Israel Cost The United States?

A look at the Israel/U.S. 10 year military aid agreement

How Much Does Israel Cost The United States?
In a record breaking bilateral military deal, the United States has pledged $38 million to Israel over the next decade.

On September 14th, the United States and Israel signed a new military aid deal that will provide Israel with $3.8 billion dollars a year for the next ten years.

This pledge will cover the costs of increased military operations in Israel, such as increasing missile defense, providing additional F-35 joint strike fighters, and increasing mobility for Israeli forces on the ground.

This new military aid deal will cost the United States over ten million dollars a day for the next ten years.

Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. Foreign Military Financing. Since 1949, the United States has given over $130 billion dollars, a cost borne by the American taxpayers.

The United States has given more funding to the average Israeli citizen than it has given to the average American citizen.

Unlike most other foreign aid plans, which provide relief in installments, the United States delivers its aid in lump sum to Israel within the first 30 days of the fiscal year.

The United States’ robust financial support of Israel is intended to help the nation state maintain its “qualitative military edge” over neighboring countries.

The United States continues to support Israel financially, despite the fact that Israel is one of the more wealthy nations in the world, with a developed economy and a lower unemployment rate than the United States.

At the same time that the United States funds Israel, it also turns a blind eye to the long list of human rights violations committed by the nation against Palestinians. Among the most severe are:

-Continued illegal expansion into Palestinian territories

-Arbitrary and lengthy detention times of men, women and children

-Extreme movement restrictions on civilians in the West Bank

-Attacks on journalists by the Israel Defense Force

-Punitive violence against Palestinian citizens

-Denial of freedom to protest and assembly

-Forced evictions of Palestinians and demolition of Palestinian homes

-Extrajudicial killings of Palestinians

In the summer of 2014, Israel killed more than 2,200 Gazan civilians in a 51-day assault on the city in an alleged pursuit against Hamas, the Palestinian resistance group.

Over 16,000 Palestinian homes were completely destroyed in this massive assault. By contrast, only 67 Israelis, almost all soldiers (less than ten civilians) were killed during this violent episode.

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The rubble of Gaza following Israeli airstrikes. There are over 6,500 orphans in the city of Gaza and only one orphanage.

As a nation that prides itself on its democracy, the United States is in complete contradiction of its professed morality by aiding the nation of Israel who continues its excessive mistreatment of Palestinians.

As American taxpayers we foot the bill for a nation whose actions fly in the face of our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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