The Cost of Israel to Americans

Many of the most serious dangers facing Americans today stem from our “special relationship” with Israel


by The Council For The National Interest


Our uniquely massive support for Israel has cost trillions of dollars and multitudes of lives. It has diminished our moral standing in the world, lessened our domestic freedoms, and exposed us to unnecessary and growing peril.

The majority of Americans – as well as our diplomatic and military experts – oppose this unique relationship. Yet, the lobby for Israel continues to foment policies that are disastrous for our nation and tragic for the region.

If we are to have Middle East policies that serve the national interest, that represent the highest values of our founders and our citizens, and that work to sustain a nation of honor, decency, security, and prosperity, then it is essential that all Americans become active and informed. Below are the facts:


American taxpayers give Israel over $8 million per day


(See report from Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress):

This to a nation, at its peak, of 7.4 million people – smaller than New Jersey. Israel has received more American money than any other nation on earth. It is more than we give to all the starving countries of Africa put together.

From 1950-53 Israel’s financial influx from the U.S. was one billion dollars; Israel at that time had 1.6 million inhabitants

In the past ten years, American taxpayers have given Israel approximately $200,000 per family of five.

This costs us even more:

US aid to Israel is given in a lump sum at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Since the US is operating at a deficit, this means that we borrow the money, give it to Israel, and then pay interest on it long after it is gone.

Israel, on the other hand, makes interest from it. Congress has mandated that Israel’s aid be immediately deposited to an interest bearing account with the Federal Reserve Bank.


Additional financial costs: $3 trillion

  • About $1.5 billion to Egypt and $843 million to Jordan is dispensed annually under arrangements made to induce these countries’ friendly relations with Israel.
  • Billions of dollars have been lost to U.S. manufacturers because of the Arab boycott engendered by Israeli actions.
  • Enormous and continuing costs to U.S. consumers of petroleum, which surged to such heights that it set off a world-wide recession during the Arab oil boycott imposed in reaction to U.S. support of Israel in the 1973 war.

There are a multitude of such costs.

A report by an economist commissioned by the Army War College in 2003 to analyze the situation in full found that the total cost to Americans over Israel’s 60+ years has been $3 trillion.

Americans have a higher unemployment rate than Israel and 10 million families are reportedly sliding into foreclosure; yet Americans continue to give tax money to Israel.


On top of this are the costs of the Iraq war:  hundreds of thousands of lives & over $3 trillion

The costs of the the Iraq war, which was promoted by Israel partisans, are almost incalculable and are still growing.

The war added trillions of dollars to the federal debt, and this doesn’t include future health care and disability payments for veterans.

Economists report that the global financial crisis was due, at least in part, to the Iraq war.

The same parties are pushing for a similar attack on Iran.


The Lobby for Israel overrules US experts

U.S. policies in the Middle East rarely reflect U.S. interests and values.

Instead, over the objections of a multitude of State Department and Pentagon analysts, they are largely driven by a variety of factors:

1. Special-interest lobbying.  Fortune Magazine rates one of the many lobby organizations working on behalf of Israel, AIPAC, as the second most powerful lobby in Washington. Many analysts consider the pro-Israel interest group the most powerful lobby in our nation.

Senator William J. Fulbright aimed to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship — (wiki)

By the late 1960s Senator William Fulbright found that U.S. aid to Israel was being secretly funneled back to lobbyists in the U.S., who would use it to lobby for still more U.S. money to Israel.

The U.S. justice department and other agencies have often attempted to enforce U.S. laws

2. Israel partisans in the U.S. government and media: The efforts of a growing number of individuals with close ties to Israel (some are neoconservatives, others are neoliberals) who often hold key positions in U.S. administrations, the State Department, Pentagon, and media.

The US Ambassador to Israel stated that all US Middle East policies are predicated on their effect on Israel. This is a highly inappropriate practice and one that is replicated in no other region. US policies should be based on American interests and priorities, not those of a foreign nation.

3. Campaigns by pro-Israel funders to engender Islamophobia: to create fear and hatred of Muslims, a highly diverse population of 1.5 billion people whose faith is one of the three Abrahamic religions and who worship the same God as Christians and Jews.

4. Israeli-centric news reporting by the U.S. media consistently misportrays the current situation and the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

5. Hollywood movies and television shows, which often play a significant role in shaping attitudes and beliefs. These shows, frequently produced by individuals with ties to Israel, depict Arabs and Muslims almost always negatively, Jews and Israelis almost never negatively, and Christians both positively and negatively.

[Interestingly, the oil and weapons industries are not responsible for our relationship with Israel. In fact, at times these industries have lobbied against U.S. support for Israel, which undermines their ability to do business in the region.]  

Jonathan Pollard -- Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995, while publicly denying, until 1998, that he was an Israeli spy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced particularly strong support for Pollard, visiting the convicted spy in prison in 2002.

Israel promotes its own interests, which is the right of any nation.

However, this is done at the expense of Americans who fund it.

There is considerable evidence that Israel is not the close ally many Americans believe it to be:

  • The GAO has reported that Israel conducts the most intense spying operation against the U.S. of any of our presumed allies.
  • Intelligence experts consider Jonathan Pollard the most damaging spy in US history. For years Israel denied any connection to Pollard; now it actively lobbies for his release.
  • Israeli forces have killed and injured numerous Americans. Rarely, if ever, have there been significant consequences.
  • Israel has stolen U.S. technology, and passed it on to other nations, some of them U.S. adversaries.

The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty

In 1967 Israeli forces attacked a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Liberty, killing or injuring over 200 American servicemen.

An independent commission in 2003 by extraordinarily high-ranking U.S. military officers and officials found that

Israel had commited an act of war against the United States,

the US President had recalled rescue aircraft, and that

the President had ordered a cover-up on the incident.

These statements, recorded in the Congressional Record, were not reported by U.S. news media.

Israeli ethnic expansionism has caused regional misery, instability, and continual conflict.

Israeli aggression (Israel initiated all of its wars except one) and its violations of international law, human rights conventions, and UN resolutions, have created enormous hostility against it throughout the world.

The US, as Israel’s number one funder, is increasingly imperiled by hostility created by Israeli actions.

Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons poses considerable danger both to the region itself and far beyond.

it has refused to sign the nuclear proliferation treaty and the British American Security Information Council has found that in Israel “nuclear weapons are being assigned roles that go well beyond deterrence.”

While US intelligence agencies have so far found no indication that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, Israel’s possession of these weapons, combined with its history of aggression, create a compelling motivation for other nations in the region to acquire them for deterrence.

Israel's war crimes in Gaza

Israel frequently uses American weapons in violation of US laws, killing and maiming large numbers of civilians, women, and children.

Since this is funded by American tax payers, and shielded by the U.S. government, it is causing dangerous hostility toward the U.S.


Damage to civil liberties and the American way of life


This dangerous and unnecessary peril (diplomats note that before Israel the US had no enemies in the region) has caused Americans to tolerate dangerous infringements on our liberty and violations of our Constitution.

This is causing deep damage to our character as a nation.

Deeply intrusive and potentially carcinogenic airport scanners, offensive “pat-downs” of our women and children, abrogations of our nation’s most fundamental legal principles are just a few of the direct and indirect results of our Israel policies.

A secure, prosperous, and honorable America

We would be far safer and our nation far healthier by heeding the wisdom of George Washington, the father of our nation:

“…nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave.”

Source: The Council for the National Interest

Edited for Veterans Today by: Debbie Menon

The Council for the National Interest Foundation (CNIF) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides information and analysis on the Middle East, its relationship to the United States, and about policy formation regarding this region. CNI seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values, protects our national interests, and contributes to a just solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is CNI’s goal to restore a political environment in America in which voters and their elected officials are free from the undue influence and pressure of foreign countries and their partisans.


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23 Responses to "The Cost of Israel to Americans"

  1. Wicked Warren  November 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Throughout my life I’ve been associated with Jews of all stripes: childhood playmates, elementary and high school classmates, military commanding officers, barracks buddies, employers, fellow employees, bosses, social contacts, etc. Never have I met a Jew of either gender who sooner or later didn’t convey the message to me in one way or another that he or she was intellectually my superior. Jewish males in particular tend to be arrogant, conceited, narcissistic and condescending. As one other comment writer already has said, “I wear my anti-Semitism as a badge of honor.” Israel and its unregistered tax-exempt foreign agent, AIPAC, are America’s worst enemies, bar none.

    • ricohands  November 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Agreed. No intelligent person needs to brag about it for a start.

  2. Paul V. Sheridan  November 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    @ Kevin Korody

    Did you notice how this cohen has no choice but to resort to tautology (and I am being VERY generous here)?

    This cohen also has no choice but decide for you your knowledge of their fariy tales about what THEY call a “holocaust,” not allowing for any possibility that the same psychos that gave us that Christian murdering sewer called the Soviet Union might; JUST MIGHT have lied to us about their alleged enemies in Germany post WWII. Don’t make me puke. Perhaps cohen never met her brethren Mr. Rosenblat:

    Next cohen would have us believe that “going to” wherever will change the FACTS presented in this Council For The National Interest article. Or that if we believe FACTS as opposed to fairy tales we “must” be “anti semitic.”

    Theodor Herzl would be proud of this Cohen. Herzl explained it very plainly:

    ” It is essential that the sufferings of Jews. . . become worse. . . this will assist in realization of our plans. . . I have an excellent idea. . . I shall induce anti-Semites to liquidate Jewish wealth. . .
    The anti-Semites will assist us thereby in that they will strengthen the persecution and oppression of Jews. The anti-Semites shall be our best friends. ”

    — Theodor Herzl, Founder of Zionism, 1897

    Perhaps cohen would demand that you submit to her little fariy tales of ” beautiful, caring, loving” regarding the two Israelis shown here:

    cohen says wake up? Oh, we’re awake little girl, and THAT fact you can take to your moneychanger temples . . .

  3. Friedrich Paul Berg  November 24, 2011 at 7:47 am

    The JFK assassination conspirators had gathered at the home of Clint Murchison the night before the assassination and included many of the wealthiest and most powerful people, not just in Texas, but in the US generally—including J. Edgar Hoover and Richard Nixon. JFK’s murder the next day allowed LBJ and the US military to greatly expand the Vietnam War which JFK had been wisely trying to shut-down. The JFK assassination also allowed the Israelis to blackmail the US prior to and during Israel’s 1967 war of aggression—the so-called: “Six Day War”—in which Israel acquired the Sinai desert, the West Bank territory and east Jerusalem as well as the Golan Heights of Syria. Those conquered territories except for Sinai are still the basis of the most dangerous military confrontations on the planet—that may well bring about a nuclear world war. LBJ’s fear of the Israelis and their information about his role in the assassination, no doubt, allowed Israel to also attack the USS Liberty during that war on June 8, 1967 and murder 34 Americans with impunity. The USS Liberty had somehow failed to get the memo to stay clear and let the Israelis do whatever they wanted which included murdering countless Egyptian POW’s in the Sinai. The Israeli attack on the Liberty was NO accident. The assassination of Bobby Kennedy in June, 1968—supposedly by a Palestinian, of all people—and Martin Luther King also in 1968 occurred within one year of the attack on the USS Liberty. Ted Kennedy was not assassinated but merely marginalized by the Chappaquittick incident.

    Cord Meyer was a Jewish CIA agent, and probably the real “Deep Throat” who destroyed Nixon and admitted his role prior to his death in 2001. The Cord Meyer family had grown rich developing the so-called “Cord Meyer” section of Forest Hills in Queens, New York. Many of the eventual residents were Russian refugee Jews and the area became especially valuable because of the very rich Jews who filled the area with well-kept mansions. Cord Meyer seemed to have had a deep and legitimate grudge against JFK for Kennedy’s affair with Meyer’s wife, and that was why LBJ confided to him also on the day before the assassination. Whether Cord Meyer was actually part of the plot is far from certain—but obviously, Meyer knew about it. Was he at the home of Clint Murchison the day before the assassination? LBJ had probably been gleefully shooting off his mouth to lots of people about what he expected would happen the next day in Dallas. In any event, Meyer knew about the conspiracy and who the real man behind everything was, LBJ, and probably passed it to the Israelis who would have used it just a few years later to be sure of American neutrality for their 1967 war of aggression against Egypt, Syria and Jordan. A few years earlier, in 1956 when the Israelis had also invaded Egypt together with Britain and France—Eisenhower had told them all to get the hell out of Egypt which they did, reluctantly of course. For the 1967 war, the Israelis needed American acquiescence and more. They also needed LBJ to cover up the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty which has to be one of the most amazing betrayals since Benedict Arnold. The Israelis had the goods on LBJ to be certain of his compliance. How deep had Secretary of Defense McNamara been involved as well? Even if the Israelis did not have enough to prove LBJ’s guilt, they had enough to destroy him politically in America. LBJ declined a second term, in any event. If LBJ had sent aircraft to fire back at the Israelis, they would have connected him to JFK’s murder just as years later, they hamstrung President Clinton with what they knew about Monica Lewinsky. Barack Obama must beware of the people around him

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  4. stuarte  November 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I find Ms. Cohen remarks, a minor version of the usual “you have not been through what we Jews have suffered” No argument there but why are you telling us that and why do you demand and expect from us that Special Relationship which our government has been extracting from our people as a result of bribery and blackmail in many cases. It was good will and charity that prompted this nation to help you, you turned it into an obligation. In general terms the world does not owe you or any one else a living, wealth, land and perfect security. We do nor blame you, but we have a right to tell our government, “we cannot afford it any more, time to take care of this nation. And you are criticizing us for doing that? I help many people and charitable groups, my upbringing tells me “help your neighbour” does your religion tell you to help only your own? Because every Jewish solicitation I get all say ” to help Jews” I get those solicitation because I send money to a Jewish Hospital in the USA that helped a Christian child and as a thank you a lovely Jewish calender that asked nothing in return. All my other charity say “to:help needy people all over the world”. Those are the cultural difference that often divide people not anti Semitism or racism.

    • Charlotte NC Bill  November 27, 2011 at 3:15 am

      Israel was created through relatively recent uninvited immigration of non-semite Jewish converts who proceeded to engage in acts of terror against the UK soldiers and, eventually, massacres and expulsion of the native arabs…How they’ve managed to portray this as something other than what it was is a testament to their media control and their hypocrisy…When Israel purposely targets civilians and civilian infrastructure they’re just “casualties of war”..When an Israeli civilian is killed in suicide bombing he’s a ” innocent civilian..” but it’s always been this way..They never talk about how they ran the Soviet gulags and Secret Police and killed millions of goy…But they talk endlessly about the “holocaust” .Well, the Red Cross was allowed to visit the German work camps but it WAS NOT allowed to visit the Jewish-run Soviet gulag death camps…Case closed…And, of course, we’ve been waterboarding the wrong people with regards to 9-11….Dominic Suter, Dancing Israelis, Cheney, Zelikow, Silverstein and Michael Harari would be a good start…

  5. scott  November 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    There are around 190 nations in the world and we give to a 150 of them. In all fairness who would CNIF omit? All of them or just the hated Israel.
    Maybe Debbie Manon would like to reply. If it were all of them it would save us $20 billion would it not? lets see 8 million X 365 is about 2 billion 8 hundred million I believe. A couple of Million short but who is counting.
    And how about the Palestinians we’ve given none in military aid but
    $400.4 million have been appropriated for economic aid to the Palestinians and $100 million for support of PA police training, etc. for FY2010. The U.S. also provided just over $61.5 million (as of February 13, 2009) in emergency humanitarian aid That was in 2009 and 2010. It has increased to a new higher level this year. Would the CNIF want to stop that also?
    I’m not much into paying countries to like us. I am deadly against paying countries to hate us. Afghanistan and the Palestinians would like to see us all dead.
    Israel is the only ally we have in the middle east , such as it is. So we have at least one ally there might be worth the money.
    What I see here on VT. Is a whole lot of Israel hatters. More than I’ve seen any place else. Every day it’s the same. Some writer whether it be Duff or someone else is bashing Israel. Let me tell you folks there are a lot more countries that hate us and want to see us dead. Why don’t VT Bash them for awhile.

    • Debbie Menon  November 23, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      We know that the purpose of the USAid is, to achieve military and geopolitical objectives, not to reduce poverty and has always been, wherever in the world it is given.

      A band of corrupt politicians, diplomats, businessmen and corporations
      all have their greedy hands in the till and have full control over USAID.

    • Trudy  November 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

      Oh, boo hoo! Why is everyone picking on poor Israel? Why not pick on all those countries that hate the US?
      Well, for a start, most of those countries hate us because we are in there meddling in their affairs to keep Israel safe and fight its wars for her, against the growing number of enemies because of what she does.

      Do you have some other reason why everyone bashes Israel or hates that shitty little country? I am absolutely an Israel-hater, as well as hating any other country that is racist. Moreover, I hate that Israel has subverted our politicians to take my hard-earned tax dollars and give it to them so that they can continue their racist, vile, hateful, apartheid policies, while spreading Islamophobia here in the US.

      We don’t hate you for who you are. We hate you for what you do.
      So spare us the sob stories.

    • Debbie Menon  November 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

      Well said Trudy.

    • DaveE  November 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      Hate is nothing more than a “call to arms.” It can be good or bad, depending on what you do with it. In this case, your hate (and mine) is calling us both to take a stand against a vicious, vile, organized, filthy rich and extremely dangerous enemy.

      Life an Earth is hanging in balance. Anyone and everyone with a conscience should despise Israel, for what it is, for what it has always been, for what the zionists have done to Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and for what they intend to do to the rest of us, especially Iran.

    • ricohands  November 25, 2011 at 11:11 am


    • Charlotte NC Bill  November 27, 2011 at 3:18 am

      ” I don’t know..all we do is kill them, steal their land and throw our feces at them and they seem to hate us…we obviously need to protect ourselves fm such extreme, illogical hatred..” Oh brother…spare us.

    • ricohands  November 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Scott, in all fairness if there was any justice all Israel would not have even got off the ground. Immorality breeds contempt.

  6. BJ  November 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Sir, we think alike!

  7. Brian  November 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

    A good article, but if the Council for the National Interest Foundation wants America to free itself from Israel they need to show the evidence that Israel did 911. They need to call for a government investigation of Israel and 911.

    • Latney Davis  November 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      The “call” has been and continues to be made by multiple, professional, dedicated sources. Some only ask for the “investigation” knowing that “upfront” accusations will stall, if not defeat their efforts. A mandated, ordained, and sanctified “new investigation” would be a true gift. While the “forces” that have and continue to control the “public perception” remain in control, only those of us in the “real world” will continue to “get-it”.

      The “power” that THEY wield is based on a sinister understanding of the “driving force” behind the majority of humanity. Don’t rock my boat with uncomfortable thoughts, change, and the need for critical thought. Where is the fricking TV guide. Aaaah, now that is better.

      A primitive but ALL powerful blockade to the advancement OF the TRUTH.

  8. JC  November 23, 2011 at 5:10 am

    “By the late 1960s Senator William Fulbright found that U.S. aid to Israel was being secretly funneled back to lobbyists in the U.S., who would use it to lobby for still more U.S. money to Israel.”

    Sounds a lot like money laundering ….

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