#13 It is indeed a unique arrangement, Dekel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Johnboy
    • 10.11.09 | 10:26 (IST)

    D: "What is the view of the US Congress on this issue?" Go ask AIPAC. They'll tell you. Saves you the trouble of canvassing each individual Congressman. D: "Am I missing something?" No, not much. The USA gives military aid to lots of countries. It usually takes this form: 1) We allocate $xxx million in aid for you 2) You tell us what you want to "buy" from US manufacturers 3) We "buy" it for you, and you take delivery Everywhere but Israel, where this happens: 1) We give you $3billion every year, up front 2) You skim 25% off the top to spend at home 3) You then go shopping in the USA with what's left, provided that the manufacturers run the list by us before delivery. Because Israel can skim 25% right off the top then the USA is effectively subsidizing an overseas military/industrial competitor to the tune of $600 million each and every year, plus Israel gets to earn interest on that money, rather than Uncle Sam. Sweeeeeet, isn't it?

    from the article: Most advanced, expensive fighter jet headed to Israel
    First published 01:45 10.11.09 | Last updated 05:30 10.11.09
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