18 November 2012

How 'bout some more aid for Israel and none for Palestine?

Each day in 2012, Israel received $8,493,150.00 in aid from the United States. Palestine received $0 (see link below for source).





The figure comes from the official 2012 U.S. Congressional Research Service report by Middle Eastern Affairs Specialist Jeremy M. Sharp. I'm sure the 2012 U.S. spending plan did wonders for the Palestinians, particularly in regards to helping them forget about past discrepancies with the Israelis because money is good.

Here's a look at Palestine:




On the other hand:

“Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct U.S. economic and military assistance since 1976 and the largest total recipient since World War ll. Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. 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 United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year. This largesse is especially striking when one realizes that Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capita income roughly equal to South Korea or Spain.”

- John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy"

Why?