This is not a partisan issue, as both parties are guilty of this travesty.
Just before Christmas, the US President, Barack Obama, signed into law one of his country's biggest aid pledges of the year. It was bound not for Africa or any of the many struggling countries on the World Bank's list.
It was a deal for $US2.77 billion ($3 billion) to go to Israel in 2010 and a total of $US30 billion over the next decade.
Israel is bound by the agreement to use 75 per cent of the aid to buy military hardware made in the US: in the crisis-racked US economy, those military factories are critical to many towns.
For the first time the US is also providing $US500 million to the Palestinian Authority, including $US100 million to train security forces, under the strict proviso that the authority's leadership recognises Israel.
For many years Israel has been the largest recipient of US foreign aid, followed by Egypt ($US1.75 billion), which also receives most of its assistance in tied military aid.
The Congressional Research Service says that the US spent 17 per cent of its total aid budget - or $US5.1 billion - on military aid in 2008, of which $US4.7 billion was grants to enable governments to receive equipment from the US… [emphasis added]
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First, with so many people are suffering right here at home, should we be sending aid to the nation with the best living standard in their region? Should not all our aid be humanitarian? This is just a scam to transfer money from taxpayers to rich corporate military contractors.
What makes this particularly horrific is that Israel needs to use the bombs, shells and mines they buy in order to justify the continuation of the aid. Look at the embedded graphic. This is what your tax dollars are buying.