US threatens cuts in aid to its Arab friends, why not its Jewish one?

Critics of the US-Israel Special Relationship will often cite how many billions of dollars in aid the US gives the Jewish state each year and how that number dwarfs the amount given to any other country in the world. These critics often miss the fact that the US also gives large amounts of aid to the two neighboring Arab states which have signed peace treaties with Israel.  And when these states misbehave–i.e., they do things that Israel doesn’t like–the US threatens to cut that aid.  Because Egypt wasn’t doing enough to help Israel choke Gaza, for example, the US government threatened to reduce its aid.  Now we have reports that the US is making noises about slashing Jordan’s aid if it does not coordinate its uranium enrichment program with Israel.  The image the layman is left with is of a spoiled brat with rich parents who buy him friends.  

I am waiting for the day when the US conditions Israel’s foreign aid on its willingness to coordinate its nuclear program, not even with all the surrounding Arab countries, but just with Egypt and Jordan.  

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  1. Seham says:

    Boulos, I get it. But this U.S. aid is doing more harm than good. I say, cut off all aid to Arab countries so that the U.S. no longer has anything to blackmail them for their support to Israel. When you look at aid to Egypt for example, what the f*** do Egyptians get from that aid? Cheaper bread? Oh well, back to my list.

    • Avi says:

      Cheaper bread? Do they, really?

      My impression is that they don’t get to enjoy that, even.

      The aid tends to go to the corrupt elite at the top, Mubarak’s cronies, his family business etc.

      Should the US cut off the funds, the average person on the street in Egypt will find it far easier to overthrow the corrupt puppet. The only thing keeping Mubarak in power is the pampered generals and military brass whose luxury apartments and chauffeurs are paid by Mubarak. Once all those luxuries are taken away, the ruler at the helm becomes a sitting duck. The same can be said of Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

      For the record, I would love it if the US ceased sending aid to the three aforementioned puppet regimes. At least then, the average citizen has a fighting chance. I say to the US government, “Do it”.

  2. MarkF says:

    Godot will show before that will happen.

    We’re not that smart. Who else do you know would borrow money and pay interest to give it to other countries? I believe all foreign aid should end, but again, not in my lifetime.

  3. ehrens says:

    I always thought that US support to Egypt is to ensure the repression of Islamist politics, while US support to Jordan was partly to ensure friendship toward Israel but also to reward them for being so helpful in intelligence gathering.

    We should be pulling the plug on all three: Jordan, Egypt, and Israel.

    • Berthe says:

      Our torturers got Omar Khadr to confess by telling him they’d send him to Jordan where he would be raped. That little King Abdullah and his wife and his stepmother go on TV pretty often and no one has asked about Jordan using rape to interrogate prisoners.

  4. BradAllen says:

    It is a matter of perception. US aid to the so called arab friends is actually US aid to Israel. What these “friends” settle for is mere crums compared to what Israel gets in money, economic aid, military aid, tax free donations from all jewish charities, special status in research and Development. yadda yadda yadda. But for the crums the arab “friends” get, the US buys silence and capitulation. Once the so called war is over, this life line will be cut and Israel will continue to receive aid to make sure it wins the new war, the economic dominance of the region.
    Meanwhile the crums the arab “friends” get go to the Moubarak family’s coffers and for the King to buy more toys.
    I wonder if the american people ever calculated what they would have been able to do with all this money in their own country if it wasn’t being spent on this special friend.
    Maybe 20 cents a gallon?

    • BradAllen says:

      Also;

      The cost of the war in Iraq,
      The cost of the war on “terrorism”

      or the cost of al the lives lost in the middleeast since 1948 and in WTC in 9/11
      all to support what? the right for the jews to return to a land they left 2000 years ago.!!!

  5. Zorro says:

    Is it any wonder so many in the world think the US is a hypocrite and now a joke?

    For all the billions we’ve paid to Israel, shouldn’t we expect some satisfaction for our money? We’re like some comic character, a semi-addled man now in his dotage who continues to pay obscene sums to a hooker only to have her publicly berate, betray and embarass him all the while refusing to give him what he’s paid for.

  6. A big ‘Amen’ to all five comments preceeding this one.

    ” I am waiting for the day when the US conditions Israel’s foreign aid on its willingness to coordinate its nuclear program, not even with all the surrounding Arab countries, but just with Egypt and Jordan. ”

    Yeah, me too; however, i’m not holding my breath or standing on one leg while i’m waiting. I suggesting you follow my example.

    • ehrens says:

      I’m waiting for the day that US foreign policy follows the advice of our own first president in his Farewell Address:

      Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it — It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it?

      In the execution of such a plan, 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. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest.

  7. Unfortunately, the US government has made slaves of all of its citizens by ignoring Washington’s address, and instead using our tax dollars to make us complicit in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians and other Muslim countries. We are even giving tax exempt status for the Evangelicals and right wingers to send money directly to Israel which is being used to build new settlements on Palestinian land. Obama doesn’t seem to mind being BiBi’s slave.