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    Palestine Monitor factsheet
    US aid to Israel

    “Israel has no more loyal friend than the
    United States.
    We couldn’t have done it
    without her”
    Yitzhak Rabin

    US Aid: The Facts

    - Israel and the US have a long-established special
    relationship. The US was the first country to
    recognise the establishment of the State of
    Israel in 1948.

    - Israel is considered America’s closest non-NATO ally
    in the Middle East, a region that is geopolitically
    crucial to the US.


    - The close relationship between the two states is
    reflected in the volume of aid Israel receives from
    the US. Since World War II Israel has been the
    largest overall recipient of US aid: from 1949-2006
    Israel received more than $156 billion of direct US aid.


    - Until 2003, Israel received approximately
    one-third of the annual US foreign aid budget.
    In 2005, the US gave Israel more than $2.6 billion
    in aid, a budget exceeded only by US aid to Iraq.
    By comparison, Jordan received $683.6 million,
    Rwanda received $77 million, and the Occupied
    Palestinian Territories received $348.2 million.


    - In the past, a majority of the direct US aid to Israel
    was via US Economic Support Funds (ESF). The
    US publicly states that ESF are given in order to
    support stability in areas strategic to the US.
    However, the recipient government completely
    controls how it spends these funds.


    - The US also lends money to Israel, but these loans are
    frequently waived before any repayments are made.
    The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs has
    estimated that from 1974-2003 Israel benefited from
    more than $45 billion in waived loans from the US.


    - Direct US aid to Israel has significantly diminished
    since 1996 in order to reduce Israeli financial
    dependence on the US. Speaking to the US Congress
    in July 1996, Former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin
    Netanyahu declared, “We will begin the long-term process
    of gradually reducing the level of your generous economic
    assistance to Israel.”


    Political support


    - The US has a history of giving Israel direct political
    support. In 1972, the US prevented the adoption of
    UN resolution S/10784 paragraph 74, which
    condemned Israeli attacks against southern
    Lebanon and Syria. In order to do this, the US
    used its veto power in the Security Council for
    only the second time.


    - Since 1972, the US has used its veto power to prevent
    the
    adoption of 42 UN resolutions that condemned
    or severely
    criticized actions by the State of Israel.
    In 2006, for example,
    the US prevented the adoption
    of UN resolution S/878, which
    demanded a mutual
    ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.


    - In 2002, former US Ambassador to the United
    Nations, John Negroponte, stated that it was US
    policy to denounce all UN resolutions that
    criticized Israel without also condemning
    “terrorist groups.” This statement is now known
    as the Negroponte-doctrine.



    A line of Ameican-made Israeli F 15
    fighter jets at an Israeli Air Force base

    Military Aid

    - Whilst US economic aid to Israel has diminished in the
    last ten years, the level of US military support to Israel
    has substantially increased.

    This includes financial military aid.

    - Israel’s military superiority is largely dependent on
    various forms of direct US support, including
    financial military aid and donations, weapons
    deliveries and technological support.

    - Between 1996 and 2006, Israel received $24 billion
    in
    financial military aid from the US.

    - The major financial mechanism for military aid from
    the US to Israel is Foreign Military Financing (FMF).
    These grants are given to foreign governments in order
    for them to buy US-manufactured weapons systems.
    Approximately 50% of the current FMF budget is
    designated to Israel. Israel has also been granted
    the privilege of spending 26.3% of its allocation,
    an unusually high percentage, on buying weapons
    produced by Israeli arms manufacturers.


    - Economic Support Funds
    (ESF – see previous reference) are not specifically
    designated for military use. But as governments
    are unaccountable as to how they spend this money,
    ESF can also be considered indirect military aid.


    - In August 2007, a new Memorandum of Understanding
    (MOU) on military aid was signed between Israel and
    the US. This MOU guarantees Israel $30 billion in
    military aid via FMF over the next decade.


    - As the closest US ally in the Middle East, Israel has
    privileged access to US military technology. Israeli
    research and development of weapons systems is
    often co-financed by the US. Joint military projects
    have been set up, such as the development of the
    Arrow Missile System, which has been
    operational since 2000.


    - Israel values its relationship with the US,
    but nonetheless has exported US military
    technology to China against the interests of the
    US. Military equipment is one of Israel’s most
    important export products, with a net estimated
    value of $4.4 billion in 2006.


    - For China, Israel is a backdoor to access
    advanced western military technology. For
    example, in 1996 Israel exported the
    US Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system to China,
    and, in 2005 attempted to sell China the
    Harpy Killer anti-radar system.


    Israel is a Nuclear Power

    - Although never officially confirmed by either Israel or
    the US, it is widely known that Israel has developed
    nuclear weapons. In 1986, Mordechai Vanunu exposed
    Israel’s nuclear program.
    (see below)

    - The number of Israeli nuclear bombs produced
    in the Dimona nuclear research centre in the
    Negev Desert is estimated at 200.


    - Israel has never signed the 1968
    Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.


    - Both the US and Israel have an unofficial
    policy of silence regarding Israel’s nuclear
    capacity.


    - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert confirmed that
    Israel possesses nuclear weapons in a 12 December
    2006 interview with the German TV channel Sat.1.
    He said that Iran aspires “to have nuclear weapons,
    as America, France, Israel and Russia”.


    US aid to Israel violates US laws


    - US aid to Israel, and the way in which this aid
    is used, frequently violates US law, policy and
    interests.

    - Under US policy, financial aid to Israel should
    not be spent by Israel in the Occupied Territories.
    But Israel spends US aid with impunity.


    - The US has a number of laws regulating foreign
    military aid and weapons’ exports. The 1961
    Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) states that
    “No assistance [ought to be given] to countries
    that violate human rights”. But Israel
    systematically violates human rights in the
    Occupied Palestinian Territories.


    - The 1976 US Arms Export Control Act (AECA) states
    that “Weapons purchased from the US should only be
    used for legitimate self-defense”. But since September
    2000 the Israeli military has killed more than 3,354
    Palestinian civilians (as of 8 August 2007).


    The Vanunu case at a glance

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    Front page of the British
    ‘Sunday Times’ on October 5,
    1986: “Revealed: the secrets of Israel’s nuclear arsenal.”

    In 1986, Israeli nuclear technician
    Mordechai Vanunu leaked
    information and
    photographs about Israel’s nuclear
    program to the British Sunday
    Times newspaper. Whilst in London
    exposing Israel’s nuclear industry,
    Vanunu was invited to Rome by an
    undercover female Mossad agent.


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    Poster for the
    liberation of Vanunu. An international solidarity campaign began after his abduction in 1986.

    When he arrived in Italy he was
    kidnapped by Mossad and taken
    back to Israel for trial. In 1988,
    Vanunu was sentenced to
    18 years in prison.

    He endured more
    than 11 years of solitary
    confinement before being released
    in 2004.

    He remains under house arrest.


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    1. Great Post! I 'borrowed' most of it for my blog... linking to your's.
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    3. Anonymous9:20 pm

      US aid to Israel also grossly violates the 1st Amendment's "Seperation", or "No prefered religion" pervision, as interprted by the US Supreme Court in 1947.
      "No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa."
      US support of Israel clearly aids certain religions & beliefs over others; &, is predicated by the belief by a minority of Christians that "God says, we must support Israel.", & the belief of an even smaller number who believe it will bring about the Second Coming of Christ.

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