US Aid to Israel’s Enemies


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In a previous article, this writer initiated an inquiry into the topic of US aid to Israel.  As adumbrated there, it is clear that the USA and Israel enjoy a special relationship, a tight alliance based on more than mere political expediency.  The USA gives Israel political support and c. $3 billion per year, and Israel gives the USA political support, financial reciprocity and very significant benefits in the areas of military intelligence, ordnance and operations.  Many of our most outstanding political leaders agree. Yet critics of Israel, most prominent among them being the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) and Professors John Mearscheimer and Stephen Walt, complain that the USA gives too much money to Israel and that the special relationship is in reality a liability for the USA.

But these critics fail to take into consideration the proverbial other side of the coin. On one hand, the USA reaps the enormous benefits of financial reciprocity as Israel spends most of  its US aid money in the USA, Israeli military intelligence worth more than “five CIAs,” and operational support which has been likened to a US aircraft carrier which cannot sink and which requires no American military personnel.  And this was no exaggeration.  See here, here, here and here for a detailed assessment of Israel’s military support for the USA in the Eastern Mediterranean; and for the history of Israel’s intelligence support see Wolf

Blitzer’s Between Washington and Jerusalem (New York, Oxford University Press, 1986).  A few examples, among many, are the Soviet MiG 21 that the Mossad smuggled out of the former USSR, and a variety of Soviet weapons systems (including the 122-mm. and 130-mm. artillery and T-72 tanks), all offered free of charge to US military intelligence.

Maj. Gen. George J. Keegan, former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence, stated that America’s military defense capability “owes more to the Israeli intelligence input than it does to any single source of intelligence.” While a dollar figure on such benefits is hard to pin down, Keegan put the number at somewhere between $50 billion and $80 billion: a balance of trade very much in America’s favor.  A. F. K. Organsi, professor of political science at the University of Michigan, offers a bit more conservative estimate in his The $36 Billion Bargain: Strategy and Politics in the U.S. Assistance to Israel (New York, Columbia University Press, 1990).

On the other hand, what benefits does the USA reap from its financial and political support of Muslim countries, especially those which are the avowed enemies of Israel?  It is important to recall that the goals of billions of US dollars to foreign countries is to advance pro-US policies, to constrain anti-US elements, to promote regional stability, to prevent terrorist armies from establishing operational bases, and to prevent WMD proliferation. A brief review of the past decade’s US aid to Muslim countries will demonstrate the frightening degree to which those goals have not been achieved.

The most extreme case is Pakistan.  Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Pakistan, recently reported that Pakistan helps the Taliban!  In fact, Pakistani support is a major reason why the Taliban have been successful in outmaneuvering our troops and carrying out a series of high-profile assassinations of senior Afghan officials.  Pakistani military and intelligence services (ISI) assist the Taliban, while the Pakistani government offers “implausible denials” of its complicity in Taliban military operations against the USA.  Pakistani support for the Taliban could well deal America a “major strategic blow” in its war in Afghanistan.  Pakistan’s support for American enemies in Afghanistan could be “the difference between victory and defeat” according to Mr. Khalilzad.

Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went even further. On September 21 he told the Senate Armed Services Committee (and  on September 28 he told the world, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal) that the Taliban’s supreme military and political command, and other terrorist organizations, not only operate with impunity against US troops from within Pakistan, but they are in reality Pakistan’s proxies, carrying out Pakistani orders when they attack Afghan and American troops and civilians.  Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have recently made similar accusations.  And this is not a new issue.  Although unnoted in western mainstream media, the Pakistani army itself has carried out a number of attacks against Afghan troops and police in Afghanistan since February of this year.  John Brennan, counterterrorism advisor to the White House, defined Pakistan as an enemy of the U.S.A. back in 2001, during a live interview on CBS.

Pakistan receives almost $2 billion in US aid annually and uses some if that money to kill our troops and support our enemies. What kind of trade balance is that?

Egypt is another example of a negative imbalance of trade.  Over the past 30 years, America has given Egypt almost $40 billion, $10 billion of that in the last 5 years as the annual sums rose to about $2 billion a year. Yet, former President Hosni Mubarak supported Sadam Hussein in the first Gulf war, undermined US war efforts by uniting Arab opposition and supporting French and German anti-US initiatives, and by violating post-war sanctions on Iraq.  During the last decade of his rule, Mubarak worked with Russia to expand Egypt’s nuclear technologies, undermined US peace-making strategies in Sudan, exacerbated the Eritrea-Ethiopia conflict, and opposed US sanctions on Iraq prior to the 2nd Gulf war.  Despite Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, Mubarak has led anti-Israel initiatives at the UN and has provided safe passage for terrorists and weapons smuggled into the Gaza Strip.

Professor Fuad Ajami summarized the mood in Egypt after 9.11.01:

“On September 11, 2001, there was an unmistakable sense of glee and little sorrow among upper-class Egyptians for (the USA) — only satisfaction that America had gotten its comeuppance….The United States could grant generous aid to the Egyptian state, but there would be no dampening of the anti-American fury of the Egyptian political class….There would be no open embrace of America, and no public defense of it….”

And this is a country that we long considered our chief ally in the Muslim world.

Things don’t look much better now that Egypt has enjoyed its “Arab Spring.”  If the Muslim Brotherhood comes out on top in the promised elections, it is likely that the USA, despite its tens of billions of dollars of aid, will see Egypt become its chief enemy in the Muslim world.  None the less, President Obama recently unveiled a plan to forgive over $1 billion in Egyptian debt, on top of an additional $2 billion in direct aid. It is important to recall that the Muslim Brotherhood has direct ties to numerous Arab terror groups and its Egyptian branch founded Hamas in 1988.  This is another obvious case of good billions after bad.

The situation is similar in other Muslim countries.

In 2009 the USA distributed about $45 billion to more than 180 countries, 41 of which are Muslim countries.  Seven of the top eleven recipients were Arab or Muslim countries: Afghanistan was #1 with $8.8 billion, then Iraq with $2.3 billion, and Egypt tied with Pakistan for $1.8 billion each.  Sudan received $1.2 billion, the Palestinian Authority received $1billion, and Jordan received $816 million.  The total to the top eleven was of $17.7 billion.

Over the past ten years, the seven Muslim countries listed above received more than $136 billion.  Almost two-thirds of American aid money for 2012 is earmarked for Muslim countries, and about one-half of that goes to Arab countries.

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  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Israel is its own worst enemy, and yet we still fund them. Why should we divest from the whole Muslim world?

    • UCSPanther

      Translation: Elect Ron Paul, put sanctions on Israel and form an alliance with Iran.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Yeah, not the alliance with Iran, though.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Why should we divest from the whole Muslim world?

      Because the Islamic world is our eternal enemies and the enemies of all non-Muslim unbelievers throughout the world. That you are blind to this obvious reality is a direct result of your unhinged obsession with hating Jews. If I were you, I would seek mental help.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        No, not really. We don’t have eternal enemies. We don’t think like Hitler or Moses.

        • ziontruth

          To quote a paraphrase I saw on Gates of Vienna of a famous quote: You may not be interested in the jihad, but the jihad is interested in you.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            That sounds like some crap a Christian would say about Jesus. You are evangelizing fear.

          • ziontruth

            HaShem has given people free will, which includes the free will to ignore reality. Your desire, your choice, and your later payment of the price.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Gesundheit. So your God works for Experian?

    • ziontruth

      "Israel is its own worst enemy,…"

      Only in the sense that its leaders value "world opinion" and international "law" above Jewish survival.

      "Why should we divest from the whole Muslim world?"

      Because each cent you pay the Muslim world is used to fund Islamic imperialism (the jihad) worldwide. But the U.S.A.'s policy is its own business, so, as long as America doesn't try to appease the Muslims on the Jewish State's expense—which is intervention in another state's affairs—it's yours to make your bed as you please. Just don't you go asking the Jews or their state to foot the bill for your mispolicies.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        That’s like saying, “just you don’t go asking crackheads to babysit your kids.” thanks for the advice.

  • jacob

    The writer forgot to point out that General PETRAEUS stated that the Arab-Israeli
    conflict is the cause for the killings of American soldiers at the hands of Muslim
    "insurgents" (OBAMA DIXIT)……

    This "help" is what makes Israeli leaders to ask HOW LOW when American leaders
    tell them to squat….

    • ObamaYoMoma

      The writer forgot to point out that General PETRAEUS stated that the Arab-Israeli
      conflict is the cause for the killings of American soldiers at the hands of Muslim
      "insurgents" (OBAMA DIXIT)…

      I'm sorry but I'm not a neo-con. With all due respect, Petraeus is a moron and incredibly incompetent. In fact, that loon is personally responsible for most of the Americans that got killed in Afghanistan last year due to his suicidal rules of engagement designed to win the hearts and minds of Muslims, which, by the way, is absolutely impossible since Muslims are obligated per the dictates of Islam to maintain nothing but enmity in their hearts for unbelievers. Indeed, anyone that can remain that ignorant of Islam even10 years after 9/11 in my book is a mental retard, which is why Barack Obama appointed him CIA chief, and never mind the fact that the first rule of war is to understand your enemy as well as you understand yourself.

  • Cynic

    ” On the other hand, what benefits does the USA reap from its financial and political support of Muslim countries, especially those which are the avowed enemies of Israel? ”

    Trolls like Flipside?

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      You should study some real cynics, like Diogenes of Sinope, because your cynicism is garbled.

  • StephenD

    I have a simple mind. I see this as very simple indeed. Israel shares our values of personal freedom and individual responsibility. They have an open western style democracy. They live by Constitutional Laws and not the dictates of a few elites. When another country shares these values we should support them as well. Let all other countries see the error of not sharing our values and the choice they have. If another country DOES NOT share these values well, we should tell them to pound sand.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      They don’t share that though. They don’t believe Americans should be free to form their own opinions about Israel, and they blame everything on Arabs.

  • Ben

    The logic of Mearscheimers and Flipsides: The America pay its Muslim enemies to appease them while we pay our weak world-hated friend Israel- instead let`s throw israel under the Muslims` bus and thus become their friend.These thinkers don`t understand that Israel is just the pretext for the cofrontation with the West and the similar Obama`s ideas brink America to one failure after another one.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      No. The logic of people like us is that America run its country and deal with foreign nations on our own sovereign principles and interests, not those of a loudmouthed and bribing transnational mafia like Israel.

      • ziontruth

        Pay no attention to the Arab Lobby behind the curtain.

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          Right. Because everyone who disagrees with Israel must be an Arab.

          • ziontruth

            If any pro-Israel action is because of a "transnational mafia," then invoking the Arab Lobby is fair game. You play dirty, we play dirty back.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I'm not worried about that. Both groups have their disgusting lobbies. It's like a street full of cheap motels.

          • ziontruth

            "Both groups have their disgusting lobbies."

            Funny, though, how you confine yourself to whining about only one of the two sides.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I don't recall whining. Anyway the Israel Lobby gets all the ire because they are the only ones active in America who spent the last several decades vilifying Christians, patriots, and wealth only to turn around and vilify muslims, pose as super patriots, and attack populism as Communism. Muslims don't inflict and intone their racism daily in the US press and call people anti-semitic for not joining their warmongering lunatic fringe. The only thing Muslims do is pray a lot and raise the price of oil.

  • steven l

    It is all about the Koran and Islam stupid!

  • RiverFred

    The koran says to kill infidels, that's us, get it?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    On the other hand, what benefits does the USA reap from its financial and political support of Muslim countries, especially those which are the avowed enemies of Israel?

    Just curious, can anyone point to just one Islamic country out of the 57 Islamic countries that is not the avowed enemy of Israel, and all other non-Muslims for that matter as well? Let's get real.

    The most extreme case is Pakistan.  Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Pakistan, recently reported that Pakistan helps the Taliban! 

    Zalmay Khalilzad is a non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadist that managed to penetrate and infiltrate our leftist hijacked State Department. Besides serving as US Ambassador to Pakistan, he was also the US Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq as well, and as US Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq he quietly oversaw the insertion of Sharia in both countries' respective constitutions thereby ensuring at the same time that both countries' governments would become in effect Sharia states.

    Hence, today the two governments in Afghanistan and Iraq the US is stupidly propping up are in effect Sharia states and not Western style democracies, and if anyone is gullible enough to believe that Sharia states will somehow remain loyal friends and allies with the USA, the West, and Israel, instead of becoming our eternal enemies, then I have a bridge I need to sell them.

    Indeed, for instance, both Afghanistan and Iraq today refuse to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. In effect, we are doing nation-building and sacrificing American blood, sweat, and tears in two countries that are in fact our enemies, and it just doesn't get anymore fantasy based, surreal, and counterproductive than that.

    Pakistan receives almost $2 billion in US aid annually and uses some if that money to kill our troops and support our enemies. What kind of trade balance is that?

    Pakistan has used that annual $2 billion in US aid to finance the jihad it is waging via the Taliban against the US, the international coalition, and the former Northern Alliance since the very beginning and also to expand its nuclear arsenal of weapons in anticipation of becoming the nuclear weapons supermarket for the Sunni Islamic world when Iran eventually acquires nuclear weapons and at the same time renders the NPT not worth the paper it is signed on.

    Almost two-thirds of American aid money for 2012 is earmarked for Muslim countries, and about one-half of that goes to Arab countries.

    Is there any difference between Muslim countries and Arab countries other than the closer proximity to Israel? In fact, Israel is not at war with Arabs, it's at war with the Islamic world. Indeed, is Iran, which is Israel biggest nemesis today, an Arab country or a majority Persian country instead?

    As a matter of fact, every time Israel supporters describe the jihad of conquest being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world primarily via their proxy – the so-called Palestinians – as a conflict between Israel and Arabs instead of what it really is, which is a jihad being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world, they are inadvertently harming Israel.

    Israel supporters should not only refer to the so-called conflict in Israel as a jihad, because that is what it really is, but Israel supporters should also incessantly point out that the jihad being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world is also just one of many such jihads being waged around the world against various non-Muslim unbelievers to highlight the fact that the Islamic world is not only the eternal enemies of Jewish unbelievers, but also of all non-Muslim unbelievers around the world.

    At the same time Israel supporters should also be highlighting the violent oppression and systematic persecution of Christians and all other non-Muslim unbelievers living inside Muslim countries as second-class dhimmi citizens to drive home the fact that the Islamic world is the eternal enemies of all non-Muslim unbelievers and not just the Jews in Israel.

    Today, most people in the world view the Jews in Israel as the aggressors and oppressors and unless Israel supporters change their lame strategy, which has always miserably failed in any event, the world will never stop viewing the Jews in Israel as the aggressors and oppressors. Indeed, according to Einstein, the definition of insanity is to continue doing the samething over and over again while expecting a different outcome.

    America has been amazingly generous to many Arab and Muslim countries over the past few decades. Yet America is still viewed quite unfavorably in almost all of the Arab world, and in much (but not all) of the Muslim world;

    Can the writer of this article support his contention by naming the Islamic countries in the world that are not the eternal enemies of the USA and all other non-Muslim countries?

  • SchlomoBagelbaum

    The nerve of America sending aid to any of Israel's enemies! Why if it were up to me, I'd take all the money and medicare and social security and send it to our friends in Israel. They'll put it to better use than sick and elderly American goyim, you can be sure of that!

  • maturin20

    Nations don't have allies, they have interests. There are many more Muslims to deal with, trade with, sleep with, laugh with, than there ever will be Israelis. Know this, and live it.

    • ziontruth

      Deal away, trade away, sleep away and laugh away, until the Muslims get shariah law in that deal, until you've traded your culture and liberty for the whims of the Islamic invader-immigrants (as the European governments have already largely done), until you've woken up with fleas after that night's sleep, and until they've had the last laugh when they've gained victory for the greater glory of Islamic imperialism and then proceed to stab their former allies, the Marxist useful idiots, in the back.

      Adolescence is addicted to short-range thinking. Some people just never grow up (for which see: Occupy Wall Street By Smelly Hippies Who Think It's Still The Sixties).

      • maturin20

        There are an infinite variety of implausible dark futures to choose from. Don't limit yourself just to a Brave New Sharia.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Having lived through the past 40 years of history, I object to the assertion that Muslims are more powerful than Marxists.

  • LindaRivera

    Do Americans realize when they go to work every day, that via their tax dollars, they are going to work for Islam? NOT FOR AMERICA. America's economic situation is extremely dire. Experts warn of a coming Depression greater than the Great Depression, but the U.S. government doesn't care. Their top priority is supporting and financing Muslims and Muslim countries around the world with billions and billions of dollars. Including U.S. government support of, and financing Muslim terrorist organizations, Pakistan, Al-Qaeda, Hezbolla, Hamas, et al – America's sworn enemies.

    IT'S CALLED TREASON. Muslim countries, Muslim terrorist organizations and U.S. government leaders are clearly working together to destroy America, Israel and the Free World.

    Wake up America! Google: Concentration camps in America
    and
    Detention camps in America

    The camps are NOT for Muslim terrorists!

  • LindaRivera

    The title of the article should have been named:
    US AID to AMERICA'S ENEMIES

    "John Brennan, counterterrorism advisor to the White House, defined Pakistan as an enemy of the U.S.A. back in 2001, during a live interview on CBS.

    Pakistan receives almost $2 billion in US aid annually and uses some of that money to kill our troops and support our enemies."

    American leaders clearly HATE Americans and HATE our military.

  • LindaRivera

    "NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander: al-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies. This was confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the el-Qaeda units."

    There is mostly silence about the horrors taking place against Libya's blacks.

    STOP the GENOCIDE of Blacks by the U.S. backed Libya rebels!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Barbaric atrocities, kidnappings and ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda linked rebels has been going on for months.

    US/NATO who have waged war for months for the Al-Qaeda
    linked rebels-who murder our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for rescuing the many
    terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the kidnapped black children who have been horrifically abused by the black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

  • LindaRivera

    "Obama recently unveiled a plan to forgive over $1 billion in Egyptian debt, on top of an additional $2 billion in direct aid."

    Egypt wages WAR on Egypt's peaceful Christians. The world does nothing and MSM DECEIVE for Islam.

    HUDSON NEW YORK. by Raymond Ibrahim
    October 11, 2011

    Sunday, the Egyptian military opened fire on thousands of Christians protesting in Maspero, Cairo. Armored vehicles "came at great speed and drove into the crowds, going backwards and forwards, mowing people under their wheels.

    At least 35 Christians were massacred, many beyond recognition, and over 300 wounded; hundreds are still missing.

    The MSM is giving the impression that the conflict consisted of equal violence and equal intolerance from both the military and "militant" Christians.

    Nearly 20 members of the police beating, dragging, and kicking a Christian for protesting the burning of his church—all while shouting slogans like "You infidel son of a b…."

    CNN careful to portray the Copts as somehow equally responsible as the Islamists who murder them. Eye-witnesses are describing these events as "war crimes".

    Christians went to demonstrate in Maspero because that is where Egyptian media are located, and they sought to get the world's attention, highlight the nonstop abuses they are suffering. Not only were they massacred for their trouble, but they were portrayed as the "aggressors" by the same media they vainly hoped would reveal their predicament to the world.

    Such journalistic and international dereliction of duty makes them complicit in the crimes, accessories to the massacres, and violators of the very notion of human rights they obscenely claim to advance. http://www.hudson-ny.org/2496/egypt-crimes-agains