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Struggling U.S. Gives Israel Largest Aid Package Ever

teleSUR – August 1, 2016

With more unemployed people than at any time in U.S. history, President Obama next week is scheduled to sign the most lavish foreign aid package in the country’s history – $3.1 billion in military assistance to Israel – raising an urgent question: can the U.S. afford it?

The United States already transfers $3.1 billion in taxpayer money to Israel every year, far more than any other country, but the deal that will be signed into law next week will guarantee foreign aid to the country until the year 2027, a decade after Obama has left office. In Monday’s edition of The Intercept, the journalist Glenn Greenwald notes that Israeli living standards already surpass those in the U.S. in some critical areas.

While Israeli citizens enjoy universal health care, 33 million citizens in the United States don’t have coverage, Greenwald notes. Israelis also have a higher life expectancy, 82.27 years, compared to 79.68 years in the U.S. And Israel’s infant mortality rate – one of the best indicators of human development – is one of the lowest in the world, at 3.55 deaths for every 1,000 live births. Conversely, in the United States, 5.87 babies die before their first birthday.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last year that the number of Americans 16 years and older who were not in the workforce eclipsed 93 million people, an all-time high and nearly a third of the total US population of 321 million.

A 2012 Congressional Resources Service report, as reported by The Intercept, found that “U.S. military aid [to Israel] has helped transform Israel’s armed forces into one of the most technologically sophisticated militaries in the world.” Despite that aid, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly demanded as much as US$5 billion in aid a year.

What’s more, he has also opposed U.S. requirements that some of that money is spent with U.S. military contractors rather than Israeli ones. With the U.S. presidential elections just three months away, both political parties are campaigning to restore the once-vaunted middle-class prosperity in the country, but Israeli aid is all-but-sacrosanct in the electoral discourse. Early in the campaign Trump had suggested that he might not oppose the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israeli-made products – but has since reversed his position.

August 2, 2016 - Posted by | Economics, Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. This aid package violates US law: http://smoloko.com/?p=11055

    Of course, the ‘rule of law’ does not apply to the Jewish State.

    Comment by rediscover911com | August 2, 2016 | Reply

    • Thanks for that link. I imagine that it is excluded from the MSM in America.
      With the USA’s national debt around $18,000,000,000,000 and heading North, and that debt is blamed on “Socialism” by many commenters, I would have thought that $3,100,000,000 per annum for a foreign country should be regarded as “Socialism for the rich”(a bit like the quantitative easing handed to America’s biggest Banks) but no one seems to call it that.
      Israel is like a ‘parasitic tick’ attached to the diminishing blood supply of the American people.

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 2, 2016 | Reply

  2. Giving adequate vent to my disgust is simply not possible.

    (A couple of quibbles: the first paragraph might better clarify “$3.1 billion” to “between $3.1B and $5B, pending final jockeying between the tail and its dog” — as I think the rest of the report confirms. And the TeleSUR reporter might at least have mentioned the words “Palestine” or “Palestinians,” since those hapless human beings are at Ground Zero of all the machinations attending to this travesty of greed, sadistically applied and maintained injustice, and a Judaism-based colonial ideology Zionism gone vindictively, criminally psychotic.)

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 3, 2016 | Reply


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