Cathy Sultan blog


As I write in Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides,the current estimate of cumulative total U.S. direct aid to Israel since its founding is well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. According to John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy: “Since 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year which is roughly one-fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the U.S. gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 each year.

In 2008 President George W. Bush and Israel entered into a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding that would give Israel an additional $30 billion in foreign military assistance. This largess is especially striking when one realized that Israel is…

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