Does the Middle East Need U.S. Aid? Implications for Israeli Security and Prosperity
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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 panel will discuss how 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 why ending U.S. aid to the Middle East would benefit regional security and prosperity. Cato scholar Doug Bandow will explain why cutting the aid is also in the interest of the United States.