US mil­i­tary aid to Is­rael keeps in­creas­ing

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

IS­RAEL has been re­ceiv­ing mil­i­tary aid from the U.S. since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1948. De­spite the fact that for­mer U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama had been crit­i­cal of Is­rael on cer­tain issues, in­clud­ing the il­le­gal set­tle­ments, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has started pur­su­ing a full sup­port pol­icy, a sign of which was mov­ing the U.S. em­bassy to Jerusalem. The mil­i­tary aid in­creases con­stantly. Ac­cord­ingly, the blood­shed wit­nessed in Gaza has re­minded the world that the U.S. is Is­rael’s part­ner and shares the guilt of killing un­armed peo­ple thanks to its mil­i­tary aid.

A quick look at the “Green Book,” in which fig­ures are pro­vided by the Depart­ment of De­fense, proves that, since the be­gin­ning, the U.S. has been pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant mil­i­tary aid to Is­rael. Be­tween 1946 and 2016, the to­tal amount of mil­i­tary aid ex­clud­ing any other type of aid or mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion was $91.6 mil­lion. The amount was $3.175 mil­lion in 2017 alone. The re­quested sum for 2019 is $3.3 mil­lion. In to­tal, mil­i­tary aid from the U.S. to Is­rael has reached $94,792,700. When other as­pects are con­sid­ered, like mis­sile de­fense sys­tems, the sum in­creases to $134,764,080.

Trump has launched a new era be­tween the U.S. and Is­rael, with re­la­tions be­tween the two warmer than ever. U.S.-Is­raeli re­la­tions un­der Obama wit­nessed their worst era af­ter the White House signed a nu­clear deal with Iran, con­sid­ered Is­rael's big­gest and most dan­ger­ous en­emy. More­over, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion op­posed the new il­le­gal set­tle­ments and ab­stained from the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil vote con­demn­ing Is­rael's il­le­gal set­tle­ments. Al­legedly, Obama also sent more than $200 mil­lion to the Pales­tinian Author­ity in aid. Obama also asked Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu in 2015 not to de­liver a speech in Congress and re­fused to meet him af­ter he did so. Is­raeli Am­bas­sador Michael Oren said in 2010, "Is­rael's ties with the United States are in their worst cri­sis since 1975 ... a cri­sis of historic pro­por­tions." Ac­cord­ing to a poll con­ducted by the Jerusalem Post in 2010, only 9 per­cent of Jewish Is­raelis be­lieve that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is more pro-Is­rael than pro-Pales­tinian. In 2009, Obama said in the U.N., "And we con­tinue to em­pha­size that Amer­ica does not ac­cept the le­git­i­macy of con­tin­ued Is­raeli set­tle­ments." Obama’s dis­like of Ne­tanyahu be­came of- fi­cially pub­lic when Obama's mi­cro­phone was left on while he con­versed with for­mer French Pres­i­dent Ni­cholas Sarkozy. Sarkozy told Obama: "I can­not stand him [Ne­tanyahu]. He is a liar." Obama replied: "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him ev­ery day!"

Ob­vi­ously, Obama had not changed the U.S.’ main pol­icy to­ward Is­rael. In his era the to­tal amount of U.S. mil­i­tary aid pledged in the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing for 2019-2028 rose to al­most $30 bil­lion. Be­sides, Is­rael bought 33 F-35 war­planes, pay­ing more than $5 bil­lion. The two coun­tries also work to­gether to de­velop a mis­sile sys­tem. The Iron Dome mis­sile sys­tem cost the U.S. $1.335 bil­lion, while the U.S. had to spend $1.127 bil­lion for David’s Sling, the short- to medi­um­range mis­sile sys­tem.

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