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    • Makevet
    • 23.06.10 | 11:18 (IDT)

    People seem to forget why we receive payment from the US. Egypt used to belong to the Soviet sphere of influence. The US used its influence with Israel to return Sinai to the Egyptians in order to bring Egypt under its own wing. Although we had won Sinai in a defensive war, we agreed to return it for peace and to help our friends the Americans gain a further strategic foothold in the ME. There was a problem. Sinai provided Israel with strategic depth, oil fields, living space, tourist attractions, agriculture and fishing. The US agreed to compensate us for their loss - hence the yearly payment, on condition that we use most of the money to purchase US weaponry and provide much needed work (at the time) for its military industries. Egypt was also granted a subsidy but we don't hear anyone looking askance at this.

    from the article: Is Israel becoming a banana republic?
    First published 01:32 23.06.10 | Last updated 01:32 23.06.10
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