... it advances US interests on the cheap. The US gets far more than $3 Billion return on its military assistance to Israel. Perhaps if it moved into the Defense Department budget with other "military assistance" programs that point would be clear. However, that's not what the State Department wants. They know if the Israeli component is pulled form the "aid" matrix, most of the rest would be scrapped because most of them don't provide value for the dollars provided. As to Ivor's suggestion that the US look after Israel's security from its airbases in the UK, I wonder if he realizes those bases cost far more than the pittance given annually to Israel.
19-year-old construction worker seriously injured after falling from scaffolding in Harish (Haaretz)
from the article: U.S. shouldn't 'zero-out' Israel defense aid