Just for some perspective, that’s an average of about $100 out of the pocket of every man, woman, and child in the US, all going to Israel’s defense. And to flip the perpective, it amounts to a subsidy of $4200 for every resident of Israel, courtesy of US taxpayers.
This is, apparently, in anticipation of (and to win the approval of Israelis for) a $20 billion package of aid to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
All of which raises several questions in my mind:
1) What the hell do we get from Israel that merits this sort of subsidy? From what I can see, our special relationship with Israel yields us nothing but grief and bloodshed. Where’s the quid pro quo? What does Israel do for us?
2) Israel is not a poor country. Why can’t it pay for its own damn defense?
3) Why do we need Israel’s permission to give an aid package to the Saudis and Egyptians?
4) Why are we giving $20 billion in aid to the Saudis and Egyptians? (The answer to this one is a little clearer to me. I can at least see some quid pro quo we are getting from these governments.)