What’s Behind the Obsession with US Aid to Israel?


While Vice President Kamala Harris was conspicuously absent from her alleged role in securing the state border, she recently found time for an impromptu visit to students at George Mason University in Virginia. At this meeting, one of the tendentious students clearly trained in heterodoxy, in which the oppressed and oppressors animate all discussions about the world, addressed the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The student, who identified herself as Yemeni and Iranian, challenged Harriss claim that activism, even by bright activists like you, is likely to lead to substantial change.

“… [A] A few days ago funds were made available to continue to support Israel, “the student told Harris, adding, in words that were not corrected by the vice-president and which were subsequently criticized from many quarters,” which hurts my heart for it is ethnic “. Genocide and displacement of people, same as America, and I’m sure you are aware of it, “and she expanded that idea by adding that” a lot of taxpayers’ money goes to fund the military, be it in Saudi Arabia or Palestine. “

One thing is clear in the behavior and rhetoric of the hate-Israel crowd: they have become adept at obsessively focusing on Israel and Israel alone, how it behaves, who its victims are, what human and civil rights it is allegedly robbed the Arabs, and what crimes against humanity they continue to commit during their brutal, illegal occupation of the land of an indigenous people. And a key element in this dissection of every part of Israel’s existence is the amount of aid the Jewish state receives from the United States – “a lot of taxpayers’ money,” as the student put it, about $ 3.4 billion annually.

The brief exchange between the Vice President and the George Mason student is another example of how normally disinterested people, when Israel is involved, become experts on the rules of war and the census of those killed by Jews. Suddenly it is important to them to assess the appropriate amount of US aid to an individual foreign state and to decide what, if any, amount of aid is acceptable.

There can be an honest debate about which countries should receive aid and how much, but one thing is remarkable about our support for Israel: in the entire existence of the Jewish state, the United States has never had to put on the boots of an American soldier to get on the ground Defend Israel in a targeted manner. While we have been loyal to Israel in providing material assistance and providing intelligence, diplomacy and weapons to Israel, no lives have been lost in defending the Americans. Compare that, for example, to the human cost of our recently terminated operations in Afghanistan, where more than 2,300 US soldiers have been killed and 20,660 injured since 2001.

The criticism of US military aid to Israel is a recurring theme at universities in the context of the campus war against the Jewish state. When Israel tried to suppress rocket attacks from Gaza on Jewish quarters in May of this year, students and faculty from dozens of universities, predictably, made statements of solidarity with the Palestinians. And the issue of US aid to Israel was a point in many of those statements, along with a call for the amount to either be reduced or eliminated.

An example of this sentiment is found in Harvard University’s May 12 Declaration by the Palestinian Student Groups on Violence Against Palestinians, in which the awakened students claimed that America was part of the injustices of which they are the main financiers of Israeli aggression perceive and militarism. “The United States is not a passive external observer of the ongoing colonial violence of the settlers against Palestinians, but an active participant,” the trending statement reads. “Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign and military aid. In 2016, the United States passed the largest military aid package ever given to a country and provided $ 38 billion in military aid over the next decade. “

In an opinion article dated May 18 in the Daily Princeton, “Princeton University Community Declaration on Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” undergraduate and postgraduate students along with about 25 Princeton faculties published a similar statement that said, “We also reject ‘two-sided’ and ‘balance’ – Narratives that ignore and hide the significant differences between Israel – one of the most militarized states in the world, which receives US $ 3.8 billion in military aid annually from the United States – and a Palestinian population that faces occupation and oppression resists. “

Control of the money flowing into the Jewish state is of course not limited to the academic world. In July, a pro-Palestinian teacher group, New York City Educators for Palestine, made a viciously anti-Israeli statement because, they trumpeted, “we have no choice but to speak out against the injustice perpetrated against the Palestinian people will”.

Particularly disgusting was the suggestion in the statement that aid to Israel should end and that the aid is an example of Jews withholding New York taxpayers money that could be spent domestically. “Over $ 3.8 billion in taxes annually fund the purchase of weapons by the Israeli military,” the statement said. “New York City alone gives almost $ 145 million” [sic] one year in the Israeli military. … This is money that was stolen from the families of New York City by a nuclear power with one of the most technologically advanced military in the world … “

These bright educators, like the students and faculty, who express similar views on aid to Israel, seem to have no problem with the huge sums of US aid that will be given in 2020 to countries like Afghanistan, Egypt ($ 1.445 billion), Iraq ($ 1.017 billion), Jordan ($ 2.388 billion) and Ukraine (more than $ 1.5 billion in security aid between 2014 and 2019), countries that are not reliable strategic and diplomatic partners and which are not as useful in sharing technology and information as Israel is and is doing.

In the case of Afghanistan, the US Department of Defense recently reported that our country’s total military spending from October 2001 to last December was $ 825 billion, not even another $ 130 billion for reconstruction projects, for a total of just under $ 1 trillion for a country that was after all that blood and treasure returned almost immediately after our retreat to a medieval theocratic state under the rule of the Taliban.

And aid is of course not limited to the Middle East. The International Institute for Strategic Studies released a report showing that the United States spends approximately $ 36 billion annually on maintaining a military presence and capability in Europe. More than 170,000 active-duty workers are currently stationed in around 140 overseas countries – a presence that the Department of Defense’s Department of Defense estimates will cost American taxpayers over $ 24 billion in 2020.

It is also rarely mentioned that American troops have been in Japan since the end of World War II and also in South Korea since the outbreak of the Korean War. The price for this military presence is in the billions.

The recent efforts of the “Squad” of Congress to wipe out funding for Iron Dome, the defense technology that enables Israel to neutralize incoming missiles fired at Israeli civilians by terrorist groups in the north and south, made it very clear that for Israel haters – in politics, academia, trade unions, NGOs, and other elite institutions and organizations – it is not enough just to deprive Israel of the ability to defend itself with offensive weapons and military technology.

They even revealed that their pathological disgust for the Jewish state is so fundamental to their ideology that they tried – unfortunately unsuccessfully – to use Israel as a weapon of defense that would save Jewish and Arab lives alike. So it is clearly not about the amount of dollars the US is providing to Israel in aid, as is the case in similar amounts for many other countries around the world.

Those obsessed with Israel’s existence – and solely focused and focused on what it gets from American taxpayers while indifferent or unaware of the aid to other, lower-income nations – reveal their anti-Semitic desire to decrease or to eliminate The funding of the Jewish state can only be motivated by an insidious impulse: the desire to weaken and harm Israel, the Jews of the nations.

Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.D., Freedom Center Journalism Fellow in Academic Free Speech and President Emeritus of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, is the author of Dispatches From the Campus War Against Israel and Jewish.


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