Jim Fetzer: How Much does Israel Cost the Average American?

While so many Americans are subsisting on food stamps, losing their homes, and accumulating credit card debt they will never be able to pay off, the US is giving Israel $3 billion in direct foreign aid every year and, according to Congressman James Traficant, another $12-17 billion in indirect aid such as valuable military equipment deemed scrapped, loan guarantees, and preferential contracts. Israel is an affluent country with more than 10,000 millionaires and, according to the International Monetary Fund, was one of the few economies that weathered the 2008 financial storm nearly unscathed. It's hard to calculate the exact amount of foreign aid America gives Israel every year, because the Israeli lobby in America secretly campaigns to give the tiny desert nation as much under the table aid as they can secure. In 1992, AIPAC President David Steiner was caught on tape bragging about his organization's incredible power in America. Steiner first admitted to manipulating the US Secretary of State into giving Israel more foreign aid. Steiner said he, met with Secretary of State Jim Baker and I cut a deal with him. I got, besides the $3 billion, you know they are looking for the Jewish votes, and I'll tell him whatever he wants to hear. Besides the $10 billion in loan guarantees which was a fabulous thing, $3 billion in foreign, in military aid, and I got almost a billion dollars in other goodies that people don't even know about. According to the General Accounting Office (GAO)
Israel operates the the largest spying operation on America of any of our allies, and they use some of their intelligence gathering to steal American business secrets, which cost the US jobs and money. The two largest and most powerful Israeli lobbies in America, AIPEC and the Anti-Defamation League, have both been caught red-handed spying for Israel, see the 2005 AIPAC Scandal and the 1993 ADL Spying scandal. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the FBI rounded up more than a hundred Israeli spies who were caught infiltrating dozens of federal agencies. It was one of the largest spy rings in American history. If the American government took the $15-$20 billion it gives Israel every year and put it into a savings account for the 4.5 million babies born per year, every American would receive $8000-$10,500 upon turning 18 years old. In another option, the US government could give the money away in a lottery and make 15k-20k Americans millionaires every year. Either of these options would provide just scratching the surface when we look at the cost of America's relationship with Israel. Dr. Thomas R. Stauffer, a world renowned economist who taught economics and Middle East studies at Harvard, as well as serving twice in the Executive Office of the President on task force for oil imports and controls, estimated that as 2002 Israel has cost the US $3 trillion.

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