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Its already cost the Israeli public over $300 million in development cost and what the US is offering is some money to buy a couple of batteries and thats a one off and most probably because of the coming midterms. Each interceptor cost around $30,000 each. Each $10 kassam cost $30,000 to shoot down. Since he came to power Obama has given the palestinians around $1 billion in cash handouts. Virtually everything Israel gets from the US now comes in the form of millitary aid which is nothing but a subsidy to the US arms industry and there are all kinds of strings attached - Israel is obligated to spend around 2 thirds of its own defense budget in the US so that pretty much rules out shopping around for weapons, the US has a veto on who Israel can sell weapons its domestically developed and that little veto has been abused many times in the past, as Israel is getting American cheaper it means its not economical to develop our own and so that means less competition on the export market. The Lavi jet was superior & cheaper than F16. The US didn't want Israel buying Lavi when they could be buying American at a discounted price or have Lavi on the export market competing with F16. The solution .. offer Israel F16 at a very tempting price and in exchange kill the Lavi project. Military aid potentially cost Israel billions in sales and all that money went to the US companies so who is the winner from military aid? This $200 million towards Iron Dome batteries is a one off and not how the system works most the time and these days Israel gets very little in cash from the US. It gets preferential borrowing rates through US loan guarentess but the debts are always paid from Israeli taxpayer pockets not the US. The palestinians get hard cash every time virtually no strings attached as long as its to help the palestinian economy.