Does the Middle East Need U.S. Aid? Implications for Israeli Security and Prosperity

November 13, 2012
The United States gives Israel some $3 billion in annual aid conditioned on similar aid to Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian Authority. According to a study by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, every dollar granted to Israel costs Israel between $1.06 and $1.39. The structure of this aid forces Israel to spend more than $3 billion on defense to maintain a balance of power in the region and ending U.S. aid to the Middle East would benefit regional security and prosperity.

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