U.S. Assistance and the Israel/Palestine Conflict


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The Israeli government and military receive $15,139,178* from the U.S. every day; Palestinian NGO’s receive $232,290** from the U.S. each day.

“Generous as it is, what Israel actually got in U.S. aid is considerably less than what it has cost U.S. taxpayers to provide it. The principal difference is that so long as the U.S. runs an annual budget deficit, every dollar of aid the U.S. gives Israel has to be raised through U.S. government borrowing.”

- Richard Curtiss

* This number is based on 1997 research by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and includes economic and military aid, as well as federal loan guarantees. The Washington Report is a magazine published in Washington, DC, that focuses on news and analysis from and about the Middle East and U.S. policy in that region. It is dedicated to providing the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states.

This number is based on research done by Richard H. Curtiss and others at the Washington Report. They have found that Israel receives 12.2% more than $3 billion directly alloted to them in economic and military aid. See The Cost of Israel for a complete discussion of U.S. assistance to Israel.

** In 2004, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided $232,290 per day to Palestinian NGO’s.

U.S. law prohibits providing aid directly to the PA. According to USAID, the law was waived once, in 2003.



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