The United States' Direct Aid To Israel

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For decades the U.S has provided consistent and unparalleled support to Israel. Since the world war II, Israel has been receiving the largest amount of U.S. military and economic aid.
The United States gives a subsidy of about $500 (per each Israeli) each year. Israel received about $3.7 billion in direct aid from the United States in 2003. It receives this entire amount at the start of every fiscal year while all other countries receive their aid money in quarterly installments each year, and so, Israel earns extra interest during the course of each fiscal year. Israel also happens to be the only state which is not accountable for where and how the aid money is spent. This makes it practically impossible to keep a check on where the money is being spent and there is no way to ensure that it is not being used for purposes against the interests on the United States.
The United States also gives Israel full access to top secret intelligence files that it denies even to its NATO allies and chooses to turn a blind eye in the direction of Israel’s acquirement of nuclear weapons. (Avner Cohen, Israel and the Bomb, New York: Columbia University Press, 1999); (Seymour M. Hersh, The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy, New York: Random House, 1991).
American parliament and politicians provide Israel with unswerving diplomatic support. Since 1982, the United States has stood to veto 32 United Nations Security Council resolutions which had a critical approach towards Israel. Interestingly, this number of vetoes is larger than the collective total of vetoes which have been cast by all other members of the UN Security Council.
This generosity might have been understandable if Israel was a crucial strategic asset or even if there was a strong moral case. But neither rationale is convincing. In fact, Israel can actually be seen as a liability to U.S.
Statistics show that Jews consist of about only two percent of the total US population. However they exercise a vast amount of power and influ¬ence, over the American politics and media specially. Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize winner), identifies the motive behind this supportive behavior for Israel by the U.S saying that that the strength of the Jewish lobby in America forces people to remain in silence over this issue as anyone who questions this is labeled anti sematic and this maintains a shadow over this topic. He held the strength of the Jewish lobby responsible for this
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