Reality of U.S. support for Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • The Truth
    • 22.04.10 | 04:37 (IDT)

    There appears to be a huge widespread disconnect between reality and fact on this issue. U.S. aid represents approximately 2% of Israel's entire GDP!! Alternatively, Israel is 98% self-sufficient when you discount U.S. aid. Furthermore, most of this aid amount needs to be spent on U.S. goods and military advancement that benefits the U.S. Strategically, Israel helps the U.S. keep the Muslim world on an even keel. Now, I'm sure everyone is just as upset about other countries getting aid from the U.S. (no?) - e.g. Egypt gets almost just as much from the U.S. in aid, but with no stipulations that require them to benefit the U.S. with their use of this aid. Don't get me wrong, Israel and Jews look forward to U.S. support (not just financial), but the country will not fold if they don't receive any financial aid from the U.S. On another note, if the popular belief here is true - that the Muslim world would invade Israel the first chance they get (if the U.S. withdraws support), wouldn?t that cause the most stability this world has seen decades? I would imagine that if the U.S. doesn?t step in to help, other countries would (Canada, UK, to name a couple). Can you say WW3???! And Israel would be left with no option but to use all weapons at its disposal. I?m sure WW3 would be good for U.S. interests! Also doesn?t the common belief on this forum that the Muslim world would attempt to take out Israel upon the U.S.?s withdrawal of all Israeli support just make the case for Jews and Israelis that voice their concern over the Muslim world?s hate towards them?

    from the article: Indyk: If Israel manages alone, it can decide alone
    First published 11:34 21.04.10 | Last updated 22:41 21.04.10
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