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    • david
    • 29.12.09 | 05:38 (IST)

    us "aid" to israel amounts to $2.5 billion of which nearly all of it is military "aid" which then must be used to buy made in the US equipment. in other words, its a stimulus plan for US military manufacturers at the expense of israeli manufacturers. the "aid" is used mostly to control israel and threats of withdrawing aid have been used in the past to manipulate israeli governments (e.g. to drop the plan for israel to make its own jetfighter, the lavie). in reality, the israeli GDP in 2008 was $199 billion and therefore the aid is hardly needed by israel. i would strongly encourage israel to not take any money from the US - it only hurts them

    from the article: U.S.: Israel plan to build in East Jerusalem harms peace process
    First published 09:48 28.12.09 | Last updated 22:31 28.12.09
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