Ron Paul: $38 Billion for Israel – Why?

by Ron Paul

Last week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist foreign policy. Over the next ten years, the US taxpayer will be forced to give Israel some $38 billion dollars in military aid. It is money we cannot afford going to a country that needs no assistance to maintain its status as the most powerful military in the Middle East.

All US foreign aid is immoral and counterproductive. As I have often said, it is money taken from poor people in the US and sent to rich people overseas. That is because US assistance money goes to foreign governments to hand out as they see fit. Often that assistance is stolen outright or it goes to the politically connected in the recipient country.

Just as bad is the fact that much of what we call “foreign aid” is actually welfare for the wealthy here at home. The aid package to Israel is a very good example. According to the agreement, this $38 billion will all go to US weapons manufacturers. So the real beneficiaries are not the American people, and not even Israeli citizens. The real beneficiaries are the US military-industrial complex. Perhaps the money won’t even leave Washington – it may simply go across town, from the Fed to the Beltway bomb-makers.

While even US government aid to desperately poor countries should be opposed on moral and practical grounds, it is even harder to understand US aid to relatively rich countries. At a nominal per capita GDP of over $35,000, Israel is richer than Japan, Italy, and South Korea. Not long ago Business Insider published a report by the Institute for the Study of War showing that Israel is the most powerful military force in the Middle East. We know they have hundreds of nuclear weapons, a sophisticated air force, drones, and even nuclear weapons-equipped submarines.

So why is the US giving a rich and incredibly well-armed country a record amount of military aid? Part of it is that the US government believes it can coerce Israel to do Washington’s bidding in the Middle East. History shows that this is a foolish pipe dream. If anything, US aid subsidizes Israeli human rights abuses in Gaza and elsewhere.

Another reason is a very powerful lobby in Washington, AIPAC, that pressures Members of Congress to focus on Israel’s interests instead of US interests. Members of Congress should look at our economy, with effectively zero interest rates, an anemic non-recovery from the 2008 crash, historically low participation in the work force, and inflation eroding the value of the dollar and conclude that this might not be the best time to start handing out billions of dollars in foreign aid. Unfortunately most Members of Congress find it impossible to say no to special interest groups like AIPAC.

Here’s a better aid package for Israel: free trade, travel, friendly relations, and no entangling alliances. Israel should be free to pursue its national interests and we should be free to pursue ours. If individual Americans feel compelled to provide assistance to Israel or any other country or cause overseas they should be allowed. But the rest of us should not be forced to do so. Trade, not aid.

This column was published by the Ron Paul Institute.

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  • Shlomo Vinishsky

    Q: $38 Billion for Israel – Why?
    A: To maintain the comedy named “Peace Process” and thus appease Muslim countries.
    The drop on oil prices makes the timing for this post very smart. Kudos!

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  • Manic

    Kind of funny how this is a perfectly Economical and Practical argument. Yet both side throws sand in your eyes by either being retarded demagoguery support. Or world empathy slush fund. US is by far not the first preeminent power Democracy, and should it let outside forces gut it from the inside out much like the 1st Polish Republic, the country will suffer. It’s just most people forget US is a country fore an world power, all those AIPAC literally pandering to another well established foreign interest just glorify their treason, the Holocaust is long over, get over it.

  • DeMonteur

    History of our western civilization shows that jewery or jewish civilization has made it a tradition of being a parasite on the sweat and blood of Christians, nowhere else. If it was not for Christians, jewish civilization would be gone long time ago. Parasites never say thanks nor have any respect for the host. Parasite drains the host and then die with it. Unless the parasite is detached from the host or the infected part amputated, the host will die with it. Let us see if the jewish civilization can live on its own, in its own state supporting itself through work, trade and honest foreign relations without extorting money from others. Then I will say that it is not a parasite but equal amongst others.

    • Shlomo Vinishsky

      If it was not for Jews, the Christian Civilization would not exist.
      The US aid is designed to put a muzzle on Israel and also to keep US military-industrial complex out of competition with Israel’s military industry. One example of it was suffocating Israel’s Lavi fighter jet project in 80’s.

  • R.R.I.M.M.L.L.P.

    ^Clem_the_Great^,

    EXACTLY!!!! WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU!!!!

    — R.R.I.M.M.L.L.P.

  • Clem_the_Great

    Why? Of course you know the answer, Ron. The looting of the suffering American taxpayer for Israel is in full tilt. The US is in the Zionist Jews’ pocket—pretty clever takeover, with a little help from a retarded US citizenry.