Haaretz, Nov. 11, 2015


Since Israel's establishment nearly 70 years ago, the U.S. has given it more than $124 billion. Most that was in the last three decades.

Next year, Israel will account for more than half of all U.S. foreign military assistance, and it will get it under more generous terms than anyone else – paid in one lump sum at the start of the year, and permission to use up to a quarter of it at home rather than on American arms. The U.S. has paid large chunks of the costs for developing the Arrow and Iron Dome systems. It also stockpiles weapons in Israel, theoretically for American use if the need arises, but also available to Israel. [...]

Aid certainly hasn’t given Washington sway over Israeli policy, as Obama certainly knows after six years of frustration over the Palestinians, settlements and Iran. [...]