The new spending bill just signed into law slips through billions more U.S. tax dollars to Israel, but media companies don’t bother to tell Americans about the funding…
Almost $5 billion goes directly to Israel, and another $3 billion (at least) goes to projects because they benefit Israel. This works out to approximately $22 million per day of Americans’ tax money expended for a small, rich foreign country that regularly brutalizes an entire population and causes damage to the US…
By Alison Weir
President Biden just signed legislation that will give Israel an additional billion dollars of American’s tax money this year, on top of the approximately $4 billion Israel was already slated to get from Americans who never have any say about it, since the media virtually never tell them about how much of their money is being given to a small, rich foreign country.
The funding is included in the omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through September (the end of the 2022 fiscal year).
And the ~$4 billion is only the most obvious funding to Israel – which has already received more U.S. tax money than any other country. On top of that are hundreds of millions more of our tax dollars expended on behalf of Israel scattered throughout the massive 2,741-page spending bill.
The total amount of money going directly to Israel, combined with the money expended on items because they benefit Israel and/or are caused by our support of Israel, is difficult to decipher, but is at least $8 billion, which comes to approximately $22 million per day. (It may be considerably more.)
Yet, virtually none of this is reported in mainstream news stories about the spending bill.
Israeli and Jewish media, however, pleased at U.S. politicians’ generosity with our tax money, covered it widely, and the powerful lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (which likely wrote much of the Israel-related sections) issued a jubilant statement: “AIPAC applauds the U.S. Congress for providing historic funding for Israel’s security and other key provisions in the omnibus funding bill for Fiscal Year 2022.”
It listed a number of the additional “important provisions” for Israel on top of the baseline $4.8 billion:
Language denouncing the new discriminatory Commission of Inquiry targeting Israel at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
A first-ever direct appropriation for U.S.-Israel agriculture cooperation in the amount of $1 million.
$2 million in funds for the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation supporting U.S.-Israel cooperative energy programs.
$2 million in funding for U.S.-Israel cooperative efforts related to border security, maritime security, biometrics, cybersecurity, and video analytics.
A doubling of funding to $4 million for U.S.-Israel health technology cooperation.
$50 million for Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act.
$47.5 million for U.S.-Israel anti-tunnel technology cooperation and $25 million for counter-UAS (unmanned aerial systems) cooperation.
$5 million for refugee resettlement in Israel.
The bill also allocates:
Funding for the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021 (the amount is unspecified), which supports and seeks to expand the recent agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco (promised as bribes to prevent these countries from advocating for Palestinian rights),
$1.65 billion to Jordan, for the same reason (more information here)
$1.4 billion to Egypt, for the same reason (more information here)
$40 million to the Palestinian Authority security forces, which are used by Israel to round up Palestinian resistance members, and
$219 million for the “Economic Security Fund,” which supports humanitarian projects for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, desired by Israel in an effort to mitigate the hostility created by Israel’s ongoing human rights violations; invasions that kill and maim thousands of men, women, and children; profoundly discriminatory system, and daily attacks:
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