The U.S. assists Israel because it serves America’s interests. Israel and the u.s. share fundamental values that America would like to see adopted around the world, and the relationship provides a wealth of mutual benefits in geo-strategic interests and cutting-edge research in medicine, technology, and other fields. The aid to Israel is a boon for the U.S. economy. Israel must spend 75 percent of the money it receives in the U.S., providing contracts worth billions of dollars and jobs for tens of thousands of Americans in 47 states. The U.S. also spends billions on other regions and governments all over the world—from Egypt to the Palestinian authority, from Europe to south Korea—helping to provide aid, military assistance, and defense.
(from Stand With Us)
1. U.S. aid commitment to Israel is vital.
In 2007, the United States pledged $30 billion in U.S. security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period to face growing threats. Nearly 75 percent of the aid is spent in the United States on weapons and other supplies Israel needs.
2. Aid enables Israel to confront emerging threats.
Though America faces a tough budgetary environment, American security assistance is vital in helping Israel meet the new threats and challenges of a region in turmoil, including a potential nuclear-armed Iran and growing missile threat.
3. Robust foreign aid helps promote American values and interests.
In addition to advancing vital national security interests, America’s foreign aid program promotes the values of the United States: democracy, pluralism, human rights and the rule of law. It also develops foreign markets and creates jobs at home.
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