Bill Slavick, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006, on the US / Israeli relationship saying “no good has come of it for 60 years except to assist Israel in becoming the bully of the block and giving us trouble.”
Recently, George W. Bush committed some $30 billion in U.S. taxpayer money to Israel over 10 years, subject to congressional appropriations. This would be a significant increase in Israeli aid, along with a comparable increase in companion aid to Egypt and other Arab countries — by far our largest foreign aid outlays.
When we cannot meet our own health, education, infrastructure and energy challenges, how can Congress continue to justify giving billions annually to Israel and its Arab neighbors?
Despite our objections, this funding is used to demolish Palestinian homes, build settlements and a confiscation wall, and for military attacks on Palestinians and Lebanese. On March 31, Condoleezza Rice had barely left Israel after nudging Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert toward a peace agreement before he announced 1,400 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank — in violation of international law and Israel’s commitment at Annapolis to stop settlement construction. Other settlements are being enlarged. In Arab countries, our aid sustains repressive regimes. As a consequence, our international reputation is mud.