Israel receives more than $3.1 billion in direct U.S. foreign assistance each year and is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid.
• Meanwhile, Israel’s unemployment rate is 6.2 percent, while America’s is 7 percent and Europe’s average unemployment is 12 percent.
• And Israel ranks 4th in technological capacity in the world.
It’s worse than that though. Far beyond formal foreign aid programs, a respected economist, Dr. Thomas Stauffer, estimated that Israel cost the U.S. about $1.6 trillion between 1973 and 2003 alone.
Why does Israel have a green light to use American tax revenue for military operations, which destroy Palestinian (or Lebanese) roads, water tanks, sewage lines, electrical power plants and police stations, not to mention shops, homes, schools, and lives?
It’s long past time to halt U.S. aid until Israel complies with U.N. resolutions, withdraws from the occupied territories and makes peace.