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U.S.-Israel; an unwise alliance

In foreign policy on April 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Excessive partiality for one foreign nation, and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. — President George Washington

President Obama recently pledged $3 billion dollars in military aid to Israel for the 2011 fiscal year, according to The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. Such outlandish “gifts” from the American taxpayers are nothing new in the history of U.S-Israeli relations.

Israel is currently the single largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid. According to Washington Report, since World War II the country has received almost $114 billion in aid — a “conservative” estimate, according to the website. At the risk of sounding anti-Israel, such transferring of American taxpayers’ money is outrageous.

To be sure, the United States gives aid, both military and economic, to other nations as well. But none so great as Israel. According to AIPAC, included in the president’s 2011 budget request is $1.55 billion to Egypt, $661.5 million to Jordan and $550.4 Million to the Palestinian authority.

Ignoring the fact that the U.S. government is running a trillion-dollar deficit, are such appropriations wise? AIPAC thinks so:

“This aid reflects the third year of a 10-year U.S.-Israel security agreement signed in 2007 to gradually increase U.S. security assistance to the Jewish state in order to meet increasing threats, including a potential nuclear-armed Iran.”

But is it really in the interest of America to be funding the military programs of other countries? And, as a nation, how do we justify imposing crippling sanctions on Iran for pursuing nuclear energy while at the same time arming its nuclear neighbors? Where is the logic in such a foreign policy?

Perhaps the next time some angry Arab cites the United States’ exorbitant support of Israel as a cause of hostility, Americans should take note.

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  1. Regardless of the merits of foreign aid, it is often lacking in accountability. Some recipients conduct questionable activities with the assistance of our aid (money). They resist the mildest of our efforts to influence their behavior – even resisting engagement in discussions of the subject. The American government’s policies are not scrutinized (by us) in proportion to the amount of money spent or the degree of influence that those policies have on our relationships throughout the world.

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