Capitol Hill Briefing

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

Date and Time
September 10, 2012 12 - 1 PM EDT
2203 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Robert Sauer, President, Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies; Corinne Sauer, Executive Director, Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies; and Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Ian Vasquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

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.