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Friday, April 09, 2010

Dividends of US aid to Israel far exceed cost

Representative Steve Hoffman (D-NJ) explains how the dividends that the United States receives for its aid to Israel far exceed the cost of that aid. Here's some of his explanation:
Second, the U.S. and Israel are jointly developing state- of-the-art missile defense capabilities in the David’s Sling and Arrow 3 systems. These two technologies build on the already successful Arrow 2, jointly developed by our two countries, which is already providing missile defense security to Israel and U.S. civilians and ground troops throughout the region. The knowledge the U.S. gains from these efforts also has a positive multiplier effect on applications to other U.S. military and non-military uses and U.S. jobs.

Third, given Israel’s strategic location on the Mediterranean, with access to the Red Sea and other vital international shipping and military lanes of commerce and traffic, it is critically important to the U.S. that Israel continues to serve as a port of call for our troops, ships, aircraft and intelligence operations.


Fourth, America’s special relationship with Israel provides the U.S. with real-time, minute-to-minute access to one of the best intelligence services in the world: Israel’s. With Israeli agents gathering intelligence and taking action throughout the Middle East and, literally, around the world, regarding al- Qaeda, Hezbollah, Iran and Hamas, among others, the U.S. receives invaluable information about anti-U.S. and terrorist organizations and regimes.

Fifth, imagine the additional terrible cost in U.S. blood, and the hundreds of billions more of American taxpayer dollars, if Saddam Hussein had developed nuclear weapons, or if Syria possessed them.

Then remember that it was Israel that destroyed the almost- completed nuclear reactor at Osirak, Iraq, in 1981 and Syria’s nuclear facility under construction at Deir-ez-Zor in 2007.


And think about the many operations that Israel’s Defense Forces and intelligence agents have undertaken to foil, slow and disrupt Iran’s efforts to develop a nuclear weapons capability. A nuclear-armed Iran would threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans in the region, all of Iran’s Arab neighbors, the world’s largest oil supplies and those who rely on that oil. It also would provide anti-U.S. terrorists with access to the most lethal Iranian technology and probably set off a nuclear arms race in the region.

For about 2 percent of what the U.S. spends in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan this year, Americans can take pride in the return on our investment in aid to Israel.
And Israel votes with the US at the UN far more often than just about any other country. I'm biased, but I think we're worth the investment.


At 6:41 AM, Blogger sheik yer'mami said...

The Obama-bastard believes PROFIT is a dirty word.

He is not interested in anything that benefits Israel or the United States.

America's first Muslim POTUS wants to make the US Islamic. That's all....

At 8:06 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The point is Israel has repaid the US many times over. Israel's relationship with America is likely to go into cold storage during the rest of Obama's term. There will undoubtedly be brighter times ahead.

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice that someone in congress is finally pointing this out...not that it matters....the jew haters will continue pointing to the numbers and scream...even though much more is returned in shared tech

and no...obama will not end the relationship...he is not stupid

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

This is why every friendship is important... all the U.S. Jewish kids spending semesters or summers in Israel, the Israeli shlichim and people coming to the U.S. for their jobs (e.g., Intel, biomed companies, etc.)... everyone needs to make a double effort to keep the friendships made. Facebook type sites are a huge help with that. I was a military brat and pretty much lost track of everybody until recently. Now friendships are being re-kindled and new ones started. Carl, you could also add that list that floats around of all the technology and biomed advances that Israel has promulgated...


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