The Truth about U.S. Aid to Israel

An F-35 fighter after landing at Nevatim Air Base in Israel after the Israeli Air Force bought them, December 12, 2016. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)
Aid to Israel isn’t aid to Israel. It is corporate welfare for U.S.-based military contractors.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W ith Hamas rockets and Israeli reprisals thundering back into the headlines, President Joe Biden must face a tough question — or, rather, whoever it is who explains to President Biden what he thinks must face a tough question:

What to do about the money?

As rich people tend to do for obvious reasons, Americans will labor mightily to make a financial issue out of a nonfinancial one, and so the question of U.S. aid to Israel — a poorly understood and often misrepresented issue — returns periodically to prominence. Nicholas Kristof, writing in the New York Times, laments: “As American taxpayers,


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