The $30 billion military aid package to Israel which Obama signed in 2007 is due to expire soon, therefore the administration has been working out a new deal which is rumored to be around $37.5 billion.
Presidential candidate and Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s top Israel advisor has encouraged Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resist signing any deal with president Obama, promising a much better deal if Trump is elected.
In light of this, the Obama administration has sent out a letter to congress informing them of their intention to further increase the offer in order to persuade Netanyahu to agree to the deal. There is talk that the offer may go as high as $40 billion.
The administration has ensured that Israel will spend the majority of the AID on U.S. military weapons. Under the current deal, only 25% of the funds were used for non-military pursuits such as fuel and other programs.
The U.S. relationship with Israel has been a long-standing one. Since 1967 the U.S. has provided Israel with a total of over $121,000,000,000 and counting.
This money flows into Israel in various ways. One way Israel receives US taxpayer money is through military research programs. $504,000,000 was allotted to military research programs in Israel in 2014, as well as the development of anti-rocket missile systems. One of these system in particular, known as the “Iron Dome” has cost US taxpayers over $720,000,000 and counting. Additionally, congress annually votes to give Israel an average of $3,000,000,000 every year. And then, of course, there are the annual multi-million dollar military weapons deals. As previously mentioned, the last military aid package promised the Israeli military $30,000,000,000.
The U.S. continues to foster this close relationship with Israel unconditionally, despite multiple allegation raised at Israel of war crimes. During Israel’s last bombardment of Gaza, a 51-day operation which the Israeli military called “Operation Protective Edge” over 2,250 Palestinians were killed, 513 of them being children. Whereas on the Israeli side, the death toll totaled at 73, the majority of them soldiers.
According to the UN, Israel regularly targets schools and hospitals during its bombing campaigns, an action which is recognized as a blatant war crime by the international community. Regardless, the US continues to fund Israel’s military pursuits with no intention of stopping. This causes the effort to restore basic human rights for Palestinians seem all but hopeless.