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Israel Aid to the USA


Israel receives, in addition to political and moral support, $3 billion annually in foreign aid from the United States. Most of it is military aid and is spent in the USA.  Besides having a strong, democratic ally, what does the USA receive in return?The following bibliography is an attempt to put into perspective how Israel aids the USA and its citizens.


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“We gave them $3 billion, they have to use 75 percent of it to buy our stuff, and then they give us improvements on all the stuff we sell them, plus all the intelligence network,” he said. “The prepositioning of our supplies in Israeli territory, the safe port for U.S. troops in time of war and peace, and many many other ways. Such a bargain.”   (Rep. Steven R. Rothman, a New Jersey Democrat who serves on the appropriation subcommittees that fund foreign aid and defense budgets)

Israel's Intelligence Contribution to US Security: The Cold WarYears   Feb 26, 2018

Israel and the United States have a long history of close intelligence cooperation. Apart from the regular provision of useful strategic and political intelligence, Israel’s wars against the Soviet-armed and trained Arab armies afforded invaluable insights into Soviet military doctrine and weapons systems. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Israel made a unique and particularly valuable contribution by shedding fresh light on Moscow’s nuclear-equipped intercontinental ballistic missiles threatening the US.


ASSET TEST How the United States Benefits from Its Alliance with Israel   Sept 2012

 The Hill   August 17, 2012

In the long run this monetary “aid” becomes an investment in Israeli technology which in turn benefits the defense of the USA.

 Commentary  December 2011   
 JINSA Report #: 1,067  March 3, 2011  A "quick reference guide" to the capabilities Israel brings to U.S.-Israel security cooperation.

 This article reviews Israel's value as an American ally since 1967. It highlights the actions taken by Israel on behalf of the United States, including accommodating U.S. national interests at the expense of Israeli interests. The article explores the myth of Holocaust guilt as the primary reason for Israel's creation and contrasts the actions of other regional U.S. allies with those of Israel. The steadily declining tangible support for U.S. policies by American allies in the twenty-first century has served to magnify Israel's importance to the United States.   (June 2010)

A statement was signed by 60* of America's most decorated military leaders.
* Israel Aid Pays U.S. Dividends that Exceed Cost: Steve Rothman
The argument that American military aid to Israel is damaging to the U.S. is not only erroneous, it hurts the national security interests of this country and threatens the survival of Israel…..Israel will receive $3 billion, in military aid only. There is no economic aid to Israel, other than loan guarantees that continue to be repaid in full and on time.…. the critically important return the U.S. gets for helping its oldest, most trusted ally in the strategically important Middle East -- the most powerful military force in that region, the pro-U.S., pro-West and democratic Jewish state of Israel....    (April 2010)

* Understanding the U.S.-Israel Alliance: An Israeli Response to the Walt-Mearsheimer Claim by Dore Gold   General George F. Keegan, a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence chief, disclosed in 1986 that he could not have obtained the same intelligence that he received from Israel if he had "five CIAs." During his interview, at which time the Cold War was still raging, he added: "The ability of the U.S. Air Force in particular, and the Army in general, to defend whatever position it has in NATO owes more to the Israeli intelligence input than it does to any single source of intelligence. Sept 2007"   
* Searching for a vaccine for rheumatoid arthritis   By Karin Kloosterman   May 10, 2009    
In America today, an estimated 1.3 million people suffer from the paralyzing pain of rheumatoid arthritis, and they are badly in need of relief and a cure. Help could be on the way, thanks to ProtAb (pronounced Pro-tab), an Israeli company that is developing a new antibody treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating autoimmune disease.

* Two-way independence:   In many ways, Israel is the giver and the U.S. is the receiver By Yoram Ettinger  "...Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier...saved the U.S. billions of dollars...F-16-responsible for 600 improvements...upgraded Hawkeye spy plane and the MD-500 chopper...bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor...innovative Israeli technologies effect on civilian and agricultural industries... 05 Dec 2005   


*  MIGs to Nevada  "Area 51 was used to train Navy and Air Force fighter pilots to fight USSR MiGs. Israel captured many MiGs in 1967, and they gave us a bunch of them.    led directly to the F-4 'Phantom' turning around it's losses in Vietnam to a 14 to 1 kill ratio. They found the MiG's weaknesses and exploited them.

Strategic Alliance   "The U.S. and Israel share an unparalleled strategic relationship. Since a landmark 1985 agreement established the two allies as strategic partners, military cooperation has expanded to include the development of cutting-edge weapons systems, sharing of real-time intelligence and joint training exercises."   (2005)

* Israeli-made armor saves US soldiers' lives   Advanced armor technologies used to protect American soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan. 'These were critical in saving lives of thousands,'  (Ynet  Feb 2, 2012)

Technology Helps Prevent Mid-Air Mishaps   "Mid-air helicopter crashes may become a thing of the past. The Lahav division of Israel Aircraft Industries has developed a system that predicts collisions during tactical missions and formation flights."  (Oct 2004)

Ben Gurion University develops anti-missile laser  "used to develop a new airborne missile interception system in the US."  (12 Jan 2004)

USAF to equip with IAI conformal fuel tanks  "F-16s...increase  fuel carrying capacity by 50%."  (28 Nov 2002)


* Passenger aircraft - anti-missile interception and detection system.     Israeli company to complete development of aoperational system, the Passive Approach Warning System (PAWS), for detecting and disabling missiles fired against passenger aircraft.


* Light concrete-piercing bomb   two US companies to jointly produce a revolutionary light-weight bomb capable of       penetrating several meters of concrete. The bomb was developed in Israel. (14 Nov 2002)


* Super-chip system is global hit Motorola (NYSE:MOT) recently presented its third generation processors of this type, the PowerQUICC III series,developed in Israel.   (12 Nov 2002)


* Instant messaging program ICQ   developed in Israel, brought about a breakthrough in US military  communications,       and made US forces inAfghanistan many times more efficient,   (03 Nov 2002)


* Aridic Soils of the United States and Israel    This website is the result of a demonstration project funded by the International Arid Lands Consortium to design and create a WWW site for information on soils of arid regions of the U.S. and Israel. It was designed to provide information to assist those who would manage their impact on the soils of arid regions for sustainability.


* Bekaa Valley War    June 1982, Israeli ground forces pushed into Lebanon in an effort to putan end to cross-border terror attacks.   [Israeli developed] RPVs went in first to get the Syrian SAMs to turn on their radars. Then the F-4s destroyed them with high-speed anti-radiation missiles critical turning point in the deadly duel of fighters and SAMs operation threw military men (in Moscow) into a kind of shock"   made the Soviets understand that Western technology was superior to theirs, and in this Czech general's view,the blow to the Bekaa Valley SAMs was part of the cascade of events leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union. (June 2002)


* Litening II-pluspods   United States has deployed an Israeli-manufactured airborne targeting pod in the war in Afghanistan installed on the F-16 multi-role fighters laser spot capability that an American rival does not possess.  (January 2002)
 * Israel signs satellite research accord with NASA  The main intention is to expand the exchange of information and provide inspiration for the next generation of researchers, scientists and engineers. ….  The Americans are most interested in the technology for producing lightweight satellites that can be launched from planes, as well as hyperspectral sensors and satellite antennas for analyzing photographs via radar.  ….  The minister and Kaplan also met with Dr. Ralph Cicerone, head of the American Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Cora Marrett, director of the US National Science Foundation, to discuss the expansion of cooperation between Israel and the US on the federal level.  (August 2010) 



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David Elazar,
May 7, 2009, 12:05 PM