The US spends $35 billion on foreign aid . . . but where does the money really go?

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The United States provided approximately $35 billion in economic aid to over 140 countries* in fiscal year 2014. In the map below the relative size of each country is proportionate to the aid received from the United States and the color of each country indicates GDP per capita.

Countries scaled to the economic aid they receive from the U.S. - Graphic: howmuch.net

Countries scaled to the economic aid they receive from the U.S. –
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How was this aid distributed?

Clearly, not all aid is distributed equally. The question is: Who received the largest slice of the pie from the U.S.? From the map above, the answer is clear: Israel.  

Of the $35 billion of total economic aid distributed, almost a quarter of funds went to five countries.  Below are the top 5 recipients of economic aid in 2014.

  • Israel: $3.1 billion

  • Egypt: $1.5 billion

  • Afghanistan: $1.1 billion

  • Jordan: $1.0 billion

  • Pakistan: $933 million

At first glance, one may wonder why Israel would receive roughly 9% of U.S. economic aid. It is important to note that foreign aid has a variety of uses depending on the current political, economic, and social climate. According to the U.S. State Government 2013-2015 Foreign Assistance report, all $3.1 billion of Israel’s funding was used for military financing.  In Egypt, $1.3 billion of $1.5 billion received was used for military-related activities as well.  On the other hand, the majority of funds received by Afghanistan, Jordan, and Pakistan were used for economic development purposes.  Of the $35 billion referenced in the report, $8.4 billion (24%) was used towards global health programs, $5.9 billion (17%) was used for foreign military financing, $4.6 billion (13%) was used for economic support, and $2.5 billion (7%) was used for development assistance.  Below is a breakout of aid received by geographic region in fiscal year 2014.

  • Africa: 20%

  • East Asia and Pacific: 2%

  • Europe and Eurasia: 2%

  • Near East: 20%

  • South and Central Asia: 7%

  • Western Hemisphere: 4%

  • General Aid: 45%

With 142 countries receiving aid out of the 188 countries listed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2014, approximately 76% of the world received some form of economic assistance from the U.S., the majority located within Africa and the Near East.  Depending on future geopolitical events, this allocation is subject to change; however, according to the federal government’s 2015 estimates, the approximate $33 billion requests in aid follow a similar geographic allocation.  Nonetheless, in the past three years, the economic support from the U.S. will have impacted a large majority of the world’s population, totaling $103 billion in economic support across various programs.

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  1. Hello
    November 4, 2015, 10:11 am

    Afghanistan is a Central Asian country and Pakistan is a South Asian country. If both countries are included in the top 5 recipients of economic aid in 2014, how is it that you say South and Central Asia received only 7% of fiscal aid in 2014? You are clearly making the too-often-made mistake of counting non-Middle Eastern countries into the category of Middle Eastern simply because they are majority Muslim countries or because you do not know geography. Most Muslims are not Arab. The Middle East (Near East) is comprised of every Arab country as well as Turkey and Iran. That’s it, Pakistan and Afghanistan are not Middle Eastern (Near Eastern) countries. As an Arab-American Muslim I find this mistake incredibly annoying and frustrating. I thought the writers at Mondoweiss would know this basic fact before writing an article about the geographic distribution of foreign aid.

    • Annie Robbins
      November 4, 2015, 10:26 am

      You are clearly making the too-often-made mistake of counting non-Middle Eastern countries into the category of Middle Eastern simply because they are majority Muslim countries

      where is the category of middle eastern referenced? because it isn’t.

      do you mean near east: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_East

      Near East (French: Proche-Orient) is a geographical term that roughly encompasses Western Asia. Despite having varying definitions within different academic circles, the term was originally applied to the maximum extent of the Ottoman Empire. The term has fallen into disuse in English, and has been replaced by the term Middle East.

      The Encyclopædia Britannica defines the Near East as including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, the Gaza Strip, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the West Bank, and Yemen.[1] The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations defines the region similarly, but also includes Afghanistan while excluding the countries of North Africa and the Palestinian territories.[2] According to the National Geographic Society, the terms Near East and Middle East denote the same territories and are ‘generally accepted as comprising the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian territories, Syria, and Turkey’.[3]

  2. CigarGod
    November 4, 2015, 10:16 am

    First thoughts:
    1. Usa students could use a free $30k every year.
    2. Releasing usa prisoners as penniless vagrants…and without even socks or underwear…seems a good destination for $30k a year…so they can believe in the usa…and succeed.

  3. Hello
    November 4, 2015, 10:47 am

    I retract my initial comment. I did the math. He did not include Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Near Eastern category. My apologies

    • amigo
      November 4, 2015, 2:07 pm

      “I retract my initial comment. I did the math. He did not include Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Near Eastern category. My apologies – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/11/spends-billion-foreign#sthash.kbUdUbgR.dpuf” Hello.

      Hello , Hello. You will upset the Chosen ones here if you start bad habits , such as apologising or admitting to being wrong.They usually disappear for a few hours and then return to “hasbarising” , as if MW has no archives.

  4. Boomer
    November 4, 2015, 11:27 am

    Thanks for the very informative map of foreign aid. I expect that there are some refinements that people with the requisite knowledge might wish to add. For example, as well as GDP per capita of the recipient (nicely shown by the color), one might want to look at amount of aid per capita. Also, one might want to consider the “tax expenditure” or revenue forgone due to the tax-deductible nature of some donations to Israel. I suspect that there may well be other items such interest-free or subsidized loans, loan guarantees, loans forgiven, and payments of various kinds that don’t show up in the $3 billion, but I don’t know the specifics, which often seem obscure in the federal accounts, unless one is a budget wonk in CBO or OMB who knows where to look. Then too, it seems fair to say that much of the aid to countries that are Israel’s neighbors are really payments made on behalf of, or as a result of, our support for Israel.

    • CigarGod
      November 4, 2015, 12:29 pm

      You can bet on it.
      Finished watching Occupation 101, again last night.
      According to the film, Iz paid each Gaza settler approx. $245k to leave…and that Iz expected the usa to foot the bill.
      Another example may be the sid to Egypt. Since idf runs their military, it is a reasonable suspicion that a lot of that aid goes to The Wizards of Iz.

  5. Ellen
    November 4, 2015, 12:49 pm

    The AID industry is a racket to funnel funds into arms and programs constructed by local elites with their associates on K-Street in DC to their own hands.

    You and I can go to an impoverished country that is targeted for aid and make contact with some locals — those in power and influence — and then write a proposal to build and run, for example, a education center for girls. We fill in the blanks and get the dough.

    Then with the help of our local contact we build a center — ‘with the help of his own contracting company, or course — and then buy tons of supplies from our buddies in New Jersey and ship it (or not) to country X where it sits there in boxes.

    But the USAID (under the State Department) has on file that all this money was spent on aid. Reality is that it never went to aid and to doing anything but enriching a small circle.

    This is how it works. I’ve been there, seen that in operation.

    This is such a small tip of the iceberg

    http://www.voanews.com/content/probe-of-suspended-usaid-contractor-deepens/2634844.html

    Don’t ask me about the day of burning out dated army uniforms sent to the Balkans as AID where the manufacturer in North Carolina got a tax write off for the donation.

  6. Citizen
    November 4, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Israel demands free $13.4B aircraft carrier & billions more supplemental US military aid package https://shar.es/15uoiL via @middleeastmnt

    • Theo
      November 5, 2015, 1:02 pm

      What would Israel do with such a carrier, park it in the Gaza waters to watch the bathing arabs?
      The country is just too small for international military might and actions.

  7. DGH10
    November 4, 2015, 1:42 pm

    Israel slaughtered 500 children and over 1000 women in tiny Gaza last year, not by invading but by bombing and shelling that city with their air force, navy and cannons while we looked on for over 50 days and nights. Yet we allowed Netanyahu come to the United States and speak at our Congress and the UN. He should have been arrested and sent to The Hague for that slaughter. Now he’s coming again to beg for more money. Arrest him.

  8. BI
    November 4, 2015, 2:35 pm

    The US is digging its own grave with Israel. Like they say “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”. And the American Empire does not realize that Israel is The Scourge of Empires >>> http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-eK

  9. Kay24
    November 4, 2015, 2:48 pm

    As a tax payer, I am okay with helping struggling nations for a while, but I certainly do not want aid going to rogue nations, occupiers, and military equipment given to them, to massacre helpless civilians, especially the largest amount of aid going to them. Israel is supposed to be a wealthy nation, with billionaires and millionaires among the Jewish people, and yet they beg and plead for aid through their well organized lobbies, expect us to send aid to resettle their people, support illegal settlements, and expect congress to help them first even before the American people. Israel is also one of the top weapons manufacturers in the world (suppose to test it out on unarmed Palestinian civilians) so they cannot claim poverty by any means.

    Why are they constantly so needy and pretending to be eternal victims? Such disgusting qualities but so convenient for them.

    “Israelis are the sixth wealthiest people in the Middle East and Asia, and as wealthy as the average European, if not more so, according to a report by Credit Suisse. The Swiss bank’s latest Global Wealth Report portrays Israel as a prosperous country — and although the higher socio-economic groups in the country own much of the wealth, the distribution of that wealth is spread more equitably that in the United States, and it’s on a par with many countries in Europe.”

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/israelis-as-rich-as-most-europeans-report/

    The word PARASITIC comes to mind, always.

    • a4tech
      November 4, 2015, 3:03 pm

      Meh what a pointless stereotypical ‘Murica first rant. Unless you are some sort of personal enterprise generating millions of net income annually, you’re tax is pretty much all spent on fixing roads somewhere. Nobody gives a damn about your meagre taxes that is a drop in the ocean relative to entire state revenue, not in America and not in Israel.

      • JWalters
        November 4, 2015, 8:19 pm

        You are wrong. I give a damn.

      • Mooser
        November 4, 2015, 9:08 pm

        “Meh what a pointless stereotypical ‘Murica first rant.”

        My, what a discerning indictment, from the same acute mind which gave us:

        Hitler opposed slavery, imperialism and neocolonialism that a vast majority of readers here directly or indirectly benefitted from. Hence their cognitive dissonance.” “a4tech” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/a4tech?keyword=Hitler#sthash.PUo5cRhy.dpuf

        Wanna tell us what that meant, “a4tech”? Is it “pointless” or “stereotypical”?

      • Kay24
        November 5, 2015, 7:24 am

        Naturally you would not give a damn about my taxes, because it may be trickling down the settlements, and that would benefit you. It is not meagre to say the least, but then how would you know, ignorance makes people say the stupidest things. We know how desperate Israelis are to receive our charity, in fact the moment there is a hint of it being cut, the pleadin,gs and begging bowls ,are sent through the lobbies, and the media keeps making sure people like me are being told just how much one of the prosperous nations in the ME are in constant need.

        One thing I must say for a bunch of arrogant recipients in the ME, they seem to have no shame stretching their greedy hands for more.

        Oy vey, the signals keep coming:

        “Israel signalled on Friday that it would ask the United States for increased military aid to counter any threats that may arise as result of the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme.

        Israel gets $3 billion (£1.92 billion) in annual military aid from Washington under a package due to expire in 2017 and has in recent years secured hundreds of millions of dollars in additional U.S. funding for missile defence.” Reuters

        And we keep giving:

        “The US has offered to increase military aid to Israel by another $1.5 billion per year to ease tensions over the nuclear deal with Iran, media has reported. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to make the offer during next week’s visit to Tel Aviv.
        Trends
        Iran tension, Israel vs Iran
        The proposed increase would see Israel getting an additional squadron of F-35 fighter jets, funding for research and development of missile defense systems, and ammunition to replenish the stocks used in last year’s bombing of Gaza, Israeli sources told Jerusalem Post.

        Under the current arrangement, Israel is receiving $3 billion a year, most of which is used to purchase US military hardware such as fighter jets and missile defense systems. Israeli and US officials have been discussing increasing the amount of aid to anywhere between $4.2 and $4.5 billion per year, sources familiar with the talks told the New York Times.”

        Act gracious when you receive help, continuously, again, and again. Some people have no manners. Tsk, tsk.

    • Ellen
      November 4, 2015, 3:57 pm

      Why are they constantly so needy and pretending to be eternal victims? why not? It pays off. Money flows from this kind of marketing .

      • Kay24
        November 4, 2015, 7:00 pm

        They have become experts at it. On the one hand they display so much of arrogance, and that is directed even to the US President, yet they appear to be totally depended on the US for their very existence. Their pride goes out of the window when they send their lobbies to plead for their aid to flow uninterrupted.

      • JWalters
        November 4, 2015, 8:23 pm

        Kay24, they don’t mind their obsequious groveling because they know they are suckering their victims, and will be stabbing them in the back.

      • Theo
        November 5, 2015, 1:09 pm

        Ellen, you are correct.
        90% of the germans are born after the war or were too young to be made responsible for any nazi deeds, however Israel and all zionist organisations keep pounding on them with that Holocaust hammer, and still collecting every year hundreds of millions of reparations. Nice source of finances, but in my opinion unethical.

    • inbound39
      November 4, 2015, 4:34 pm

      According to YNET Stop Press news this morning Israel is looking for $5 billion per year from the US Taxpayer. At some point Americans need to say enough. Israel is largely responsible for the trillions of dollars in debt Americans suffer……for what? Insults!

      • Henry Norr
        November 4, 2015, 7:14 pm

        “Israel is asking the United States for $5 billion in annual defense aid for a decade, beginning in 2017, US congressional sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

        Israel was said earlier this week to have finalized its “shopping list” of desired US military material as part of a new long-term agreement for US defense assistance to Israel to maintain its qualitative edge in the region.

        On the list, and reportedly approved in principle by the US, is an Israeli request for V-22 Ospreys, planes which are believed capable of reaching Iran and which Israel reportedly sought from the US in 2012 — but later decided not to purchase due to budgetary restraints — when contemplating a strike on Iran’s Fordo enrichment facility.”

        http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-officials-israel-requesting-5-billion-in-annual-defense-aid/

      • Kay24
        November 5, 2015, 7:28 am

        The richest spongers in the world. Heh.

  10. RoHa
    November 4, 2015, 6:47 pm

    Hey! Where’s Australia on the graphic? We suck up to the US more than anyone else, even the UK and Canada. Isn’t that worth a few bucks?

    • CigarGod
      November 4, 2015, 6:52 pm

      There is an old Australian saying: Why buy the cow when you get the milk for free?

  11. Kay24
    November 4, 2015, 7:19 pm

    There is something wrong with this picture:

    Congress to honor Darth Cheney with a statue. Lying war criminals are revered by Congress.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dick-cheney-statue_563a8e80e4b0b24aee48e5a2

    • CigarGod
      November 4, 2015, 7:27 pm

      Nope, it works. I still get to work the grave and now my dog gets the hydrant…I mean the statue

    • eljay
      November 4, 2015, 8:20 pm

      || Kay24: There is something wrong with this picture:

      Congress to honor Darth Cheney with a statue. Lying war criminals are revered by Congress. ||

      Another statue is created to honour evil. The U.S. and Israel really do have “shared common values”.

      • Kay24
        November 4, 2015, 10:21 pm

        Two peas in a pod. Israel can also be called mini-me America. We know they use each other’s weapons too.

      • eljay
        November 5, 2015, 7:25 am

        || Kay24: Two peas in a pod. Israel can also be called mini-me America. … ||

        Sometimes it seems as though the U.S. is Israel’s mini-me.

        || … We know they use each other’s weapons too. ||

        “I’ll let you play with mine if you let me play with yours.” – That would explain a few things… ;-)

    • JWalters
      November 4, 2015, 8:25 pm

      Statues can be taken down.

      • Kay24
        November 4, 2015, 10:23 pm

        It can, but not here in the US. We need a few of those Iraqis who took down Saddam’s statue to help us here. The best that we can hope for, is for a large flock of pigeons to land there and do the needful.

    • kalithea
      November 5, 2015, 12:37 am

      Thanks to that limp noodle Obama; criminals in the U.S. get busts and statues like in Israel instead of being investigated for their war crimes, and in Israel they’re a step ahead: they make terrorists P.M.s, name streets after terrorists and build shrines for them.

    • Kay24
      November 5, 2015, 7:04 am

      It seems the senior President Bush also agrees with us! Finally someone speak the truth, but
      soon we will hear Cheney dismiss him.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/destiny-and-power-bush-cheney-rumsfeld_563ab54de4b0b24aee48ee95

    • lyn117
      November 8, 2015, 11:32 am

      Well, I have a theory – democrats have been losing in big part because when the pres was under fire they didn’t stand behind him. Remember 1 or 2 election cycles ago when Obama was called “unpopular” and therefore didn’t campaign? He’s hated in Israel especially by the Netanyahoo crowd. So, pro-Israel democrats shunned him, and he got the “unpopular” label. He therefore didn’t go out and campaign for any democrats, and whether or not he was as unpopular as polls suggested, he is capable of getting supporters out to vote. Result, democrats lost big time. What I’m saying is, the democratic party kind of destroyed itself in good part over Israel.

  12. Henry Norr
    November 4, 2015, 7:27 pm

    Another thing to keep in mind when you look at this graphic: the reason Egypt and Jordan get such large amounts of US “aid” – right behind Israel – is not just because their governments are pro-Western, but specifically because they’ve made their peace with Israel. Historically, they started getting large amounts from the US only after they signed their “peace” deals – essentially, it’s a big bribe, and in that sense indirect aid to Israel.

  13. Henry Norr
    November 4, 2015, 7:29 pm

    By the way, if anyone wants to look at the numbers underlying this graphic, a friend tells me it’s based on Table 3b of the US State Department report at
    http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/224071.pdf

  14. Bandolero
    November 4, 2015, 8:08 pm

    While I appreciate the map highlighting economic aid to Israel for military purposes, I nevertheless think the map is grossly misleading regarding the money not covered and regarding the purpose of the money covered.

    Take Syria for example. US spending on Syria is much more than the claimed 155M. It’s well known that the defense department had a 500M programm for military aid for Syrian “rebels” wanting to fight ISIS and furthermore a 1B programme of the CIA for “rebels” trying to overthrow the government. Furthermore, the US pays hundreds of millions to Syrian refugess in neighboring countries.

    All of this, and the aid to Egypt and Jordan too, is not paid for the interests of the US, but to advance the interests of Israel. So, my point, much more than the money billed for Israel is really spent for Israel. 3B looks quite moderate in comparison to what the US really pays to advance Israel’s interests.,

    • Elliot
      November 4, 2015, 11:32 pm

      “the aid to Egypt and Jordan too, is not paid for the interests of the US, but to advance the interests of Israel”

      Yes!

      What are those big, white empty spaces in Israel’s belly? Why does the U.S. not send any money there?

  15. Mayhem
    November 4, 2015, 8:15 pm

    Nobody wants to mention the fact that the US has sent a ‘message’ to Abbas with an $80 million aid cut to PA funding. The US has invested too much in the Palestinian cause; the Palestinians should be getting help instead from their Muslim brethren.

    The ambitious real estate projects for Fatah leaders face delays and risk not being completed soon if additional funding does not come through , warned Abbas aide Marwan Twanett. “If our brethren in the other Arab states do not make good on their pledges of last year, there is the real risk of the Palestinian people becoming disillusioned with its leadership, which will necessitate harsh repression of dissent,” he said. “This is all the more urgent in light of the American district court decision to penalize the PLO and Palestinian Authority financially for involvement in attacks more than a decade ago, as if those deaths even matter right now, when Abbas himself cannot finish his new palace.”

    http://www.preoccupiedterritory.com/abbas-asks-arab-states-for-more-funding-toward-villas/

    • talknic
      November 4, 2015, 10:20 pm

      It’s a typical Ziopoop propaganda article Mayhem. Written by an idiot for morons to propagate.

      The buildings of state, which is what the Palestinians are attempting to build, serve the state and remain regardless of who is in power. All states build stately buildings for such purposes.

      At least they’re building in their own territory, unlike Israel.

      • Kay24
        November 4, 2015, 10:25 pm

        Israel builds according to the building plans in the Bible. :))

    • diasp0ra
      November 5, 2015, 5:16 am

      HAHAHAHA, MAYHEM.

      Do you even know you’re quoting an ironic news website in the likes of the Onion?? It even says “Farce” on the top banner.

      Read their other news stories, they all have terrible Israeli propaganda slants, but they are all farcical not meant to be taken literally, AND YOU’RE QUOTING IT LIKE IT’S REAL.

      The very fact that you think it’s real should really make you question your news sources. Is Zionist propaganda truly so close to this “satire” that you couldn’t tell the difference? If you had a shred of self reflection you would go think about your life choices.

      By the way, in typical Zionist propaganda fashion, there is no such thing as a palace for Abbas, but don’t let reality get in the way of your raving.

      • talknic
        November 5, 2015, 6:03 am

        Maybe Mayhem can submit an article http://www.preoccupiedterritory.com/submit/

      • gamal
        November 5, 2015, 7:05 am

        Sadly M linked to the wrong article a far more persuasive piece can found under

        “Scholars: Islamic sources justifying lying might have been lying”

        which includes

        “Shaqran does not expect the revelation to have much of an effect. “People are going to do what they’re going to do, and justify it any way they can,” he said. “If not Taqqiyya, then some other doctrine can be invented, such as Alqilya, which involves putting to death anyone who asks uncomfortable questions.”

        you didnt notice it was satire, i foresee a battlefield demotion,

        http://www.preoccupiedterritory.com/scholars-islamic-sources-justifying-lying-might-have-been-lying/

    • Annie Robbins
      November 5, 2015, 5:49 am

      Nobody wants to mention the fact that the US has sent a ‘message’ to Abbas with an $80 million aid cut to PA funding.

      someone mentioned it the other day already. boring. like we care. the PA should be dismantled.

    • Present_Absentee
      November 6, 2015, 4:47 am

      Lol, thanks a million Mayhem for leading me to that website… it’s hilarious…

      • CigarGod
        November 6, 2015, 10:20 am

        I hope he was trying to be funny…but I wonder if any of his fellow hasbarats…got it.

  16. Herchel
    November 4, 2015, 9:15 pm

    How is that the GDP for multiple muslim countries sitting atop huge oil reserves have such a smaller GDP than tiny Israel build on the desolate sand dune ruins left by the Ottomans after their centuries-long occupation?

    • amigo
      November 4, 2015, 9:33 pm

      Might have something to to do with stealing land on which to build factories where you hire Palestinian slaves .

      Let me ask you why a state with such a large GDP takes 3.5 billion from the US every year.

      You really should not ask stupid questions.

    • RoHa
      November 4, 2015, 9:57 pm

      Perhaps it helped that Israel was built on the thriving farms, orchards, and businesses looted from the Palestinians. Perhaps it helped that foreign money poured in, and still pours in, to support Israel.

    • talknic
      November 4, 2015, 10:12 pm

      @ Herchel November 4, 2015, 9:15 pm

      … tiny Israel build on the desolate sand dune ruins left by the Ottomans after their centuries-long occupation?

      Odd. This is what Mark Twain said

      The narrow canon in which Nablous, or Shechem, is situated, is under high cultivation, and the soil is exceedingly black and fertile. It is well watered, and its affluent vegetation

      Sometimes, in the glens, we came upon luxuriant orchards of figs, apricots, pomegranates, and such things

      We came finally to the noble grove of orange-trees in which the Oriental city of Jaffa lies buried …”

      Bayard Taylor 1852 “….one of the richest districts in the world

      Laurence Oliphant1887 “ … a huge green lake of waving wheat, with its village-crowned mounds rising from it like islands; and it presents one of the most striking pictures of luxuriant fertility which it is possible to conceive

      • Herchel
        November 5, 2015, 9:39 am

        Excellent retort… Were it not for the fact that Mark twain was speaking only about the biblical city of Nablus. I’m sure the four or five Jewish people living there today have done such an effective job fleecing its resources that the current Israeli GDP is greatly boosted by that region.

        If you are going to revise history with quotes from well-known authors, you may want to avoid using writers like Twain who also famously noted such things as:

        “….. A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”

      • Kris
        November 5, 2015, 11:35 am

        Hershel, http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Articles/Story845.html.

        Though it doesn’t matter. What matters is that “tiny Israel” was built on stolen land and “tiny Israel” continues to steal even more land and resources and continues its program of ethnic cleansing of the owners of that land and those resources, the Palestinians.

        I am a much better gardener than the person who owns the house and garden in Victoria, B.C. that I would like to have, but that doesn’t give me the right to take that house away from that Canadian owner, clueless though he is.

      • eljay
        November 5, 2015, 11:51 am

        || Kris: … I am a much better gardener than the person who owns the house and garden in Victoria, B.C. that I would like to have, but that doesn’t give me the right to take that house away from that Canadian owner, clueless though he is. ||

        Haven’t you heard? All you have to do is…
        – consider that property to be your historic home/land;
        – keep a diary in which you tell yourself your gawd tells you that the home/land belongs to you; and
        – repeatedly mutter “Next year in that house!”,
        …and that property is as good as yours!

        And if the current owner tries to stop you from taking it over, he’s a terrorist so you’re entitled to expel, oppress, torture and/or kill him.

        (Zio-supremacists refer to all of this as “morality”.)

      • CigarGod
        November 5, 2015, 11:56 am

        You forgot one thing.
        You’ve got to give my middlemen 10%.

      • talknic
        November 5, 2015, 12:18 pm

        @ Herchel “Were it not for the fact that Mark twain was speaking only about the biblical city of Nablus”

        Save your bullsh*t for somewhere else.
        A) Twain was traveling in the driest part of the year, thru some of the most barren parts of Palestine.

        B) Desert he described as … well… guess what… desert. Same for the barren areas.

        D) Whatever he said is entirely irrelevant to the legal status of Israel and Israel’s illegal activities in territories that in the official words of the Israeli Government on May 22nd 1948 were, “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”

        Never the less

        Tabor

        ” stands solitary and alone, a giant sentinel above the Plain of Esdraclon. It rises some fourteen hundred feet above the surrounding level, a green, wooden cone , symmetrical and full of grace a prominent landmark, and one that is exceedingly pleasant to eyes surfeited with the repulsive monotony of desert Syria. We climbed the steep path to its summit, through breezy glades of thorn and oak . The view presented from its highest peak was almost beautiful. Below, was the broad, level plain of Esdraclon, checkered with fields like a chess-board , and full as smooth and level, seemingly; dotted about its borders with white, compact villages, and faintly penciled, far and near, with the curving lines of roads and trails. When it is robed in the fresh verdure of spring, it must form a charming picture, even by itself

        Like wise he saw the Jeezreel Valley out of season

        Shechem / Nablus

        “We camped at Jenin before night, and got up and started again at one o’clock in the morning. Somewhere towards day light we passed the locality where the best authenticated tradition locates the pit into which Joseph’s brethren threw him, and about noon, after passing over a succession of mountain tops, clad with groves of fig and olive trees, with the Mediterranean in sight some forty miles away”

        Jaffa

        “We came finally to the noble grove of orange-trees in which the Oriental city of Jaffa lies buried;

        ” I’m sure the four or five Jewish people living there today have done such an effective job fleecing its resources that the current Israeli GDP is greatly boosted by that region”

        You weren’t talking about today pal!

        “If you are going to revise history with quotes from well-known authors, you may want to avoid using writers like Twain who also famously noted such things as …”

        .. the pathetic cherry pickings by Ziobots of his descriptions of the desolate areas he passed thru and who who dare not quote what else he and other writers wrote and who seem to think what he said had some legal justification on the matter. It doesn’t.

        It’s entirely irrelevant to the Palestinians legal rights under the Laws and UN Charter Israel agreed to uphold.

      • Herchel
        November 6, 2015, 3:07 pm

        You forgot “C” but I bet I can guess what it was:

        “Doesn’t matter anyways because you’re a Zionist occupier that steals land, intentionally kills children and does a bunch of other bad things for which there is no evidence but I’m not a anti-semite”

      • talknic
        November 6, 2015, 6:46 pm

        @ Herchel “You forgot “C” “

        There was no “C”. You had to invent one

        “but I bet I can guess what it was”

        You’re not guessing anything. You’ve been defeated in the debate and have nothing of any factual substance to support or justify Israel’s ongoing illegal acquisition of non-Israeli territory.

        An honest person when defeated, would concede the point, learn, become a better person for it. Pathological liars can’t. They’re ill. Propagandists can’t. It’s not in their brief. What’s your excuse for drowning yourself in Ziopoop?

        ” … Doesn’t matter anyways because you’re a Zionist occupier that steals land, intentionally kills children and does a bunch of other bad things for which there is no evidence”

        Based on the evidence the UNSC has adopted numerous resolutions wherein they have named “Israel” as “the Occupying Power” and condemned the settlements as illegal under the binding Laws and UN Charter those resolutions re-affirm and emphasize.

        “… but I’m not a anti-semite”

        Antisemitism is the hatred of Jews. Put up your evidence unless of course you prefer to continue looking quite pathetic

      • CigarGod
        November 6, 2015, 10:09 pm

        Good work, Talknic.
        But it’s difficult to convince adults that they are children.

  17. Rooster
    November 4, 2015, 11:39 pm

    Love the thought-provoking map. Illustrations are much better at prompting dialogue and encouraging people to challenge their own preconceived notions…

    … but Israel already gets 3.1 billion US dollars, according to the illustration. Do they really need to get Gaza, too?

  18. kalithea
    November 5, 2015, 12:13 am

    Netanyahu is asking for a 50% increase in U.S. aid:

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-asking-us-for-50-increase-in-next-defense-package/

    And do you know why Egypt is second in line in receiving U.S. funding?

    Here’s just one reason: Egypt is collaborating with Israel to build a seawater canal on Gaza’s border to destroy Gaza’s tunnel economy. Lately Egypt has been flooding Gaza’s tunnels with seawater and this is adding to environmental problems in Gaza.

    Israel’s repeated cyclical bombing campaigns have already severely damaged water facilities in Gaza that cannot be adequately repaired with the blockade that Israel has imposed on Gaza.

    Now the flooding of the tunnels by Egypt with seawater is contaminating aquifers and crops and there is also concern that sinkholes will appear in areas of Gaza neighboring the border with Egypt. Already farmers in the area are said to be negatively impacted.

    As if the people of Gaza haven’t suffered enough! Zio-al-Sissi has joined forces with Netanyahu and no doubt he’s being handsomely rewarded for this treachery!

    Here are some links regarding the seawater flooding and the building of the canal on Gaza’s border with Egypt:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/04/us-palestinians-egypt-tunnels-idUSKCN0ST1N620151104

    border:http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-floods-gazas-tunnels-seawater-351883398

    http://www.aljazeerah.info/News/2015/September/29%20n/Egyptian%20Flooding%20of%20Gaza%20Border%20With%20Sea%20Water%20an%20Implementation%20of%20an%20Israeli%20Plan.htm

    There’s just no end to the suffering the people of Gaza are forced to endure in between Israel’s devastation of their infrastructure with bombing campaigns.

    The U.S. is really funding crimes against humanity.

    • CigarGod
      November 5, 2015, 7:24 am

      Open for war crimes 24/7.
      All the little cracks of light we all place so much hope on, are still just little cracks of light in the overwhelming darkness of global zionism.

  19. Kay24
    November 5, 2015, 7:48 am

    IT’S THAT DELIBERATE TIMING AGAIN
    NUTTY YAHAOO UNDER FIRE FOR NOMINATING A JACKASS:

    “Netanyahu’s New Spokesman Accused Obama of anti-Semitism
    Ran Baratz’s harsh comments come to light days before Netanyahu is slated to meet with Obama for the first time in over a year.

    The incoming head of Israel’s National Public Diplomacy Directorate has previously accused U.S. President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism. Dr. Ran Baratz posted the remarks on Facebook a few hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the U.S. Congress on March 3.
    Baratz’s harsh comments come to light days before Netanyahu is slated to meet with Obama at the White House. The two will convene on Monday for the first time in over a year, in the aftermath of the showdown between the White House and the prime minister’s bureau over the nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu seeks to reach an agreement with Obama over a defense aid package worth tens of billions of dollars that the U.S. would transfer to Israel over the course of the next decade.   
    “Allow me to be harsh, contrary to my moderate habits,” Baratz wrote in the March 3 post. “Obama’s reference to Netanyahu’s speech – this is what modern anti-Semitism looks like in Western and liberal countries. And it comes, of course, alongside much tolerance and understanding toward Islamic anti-Semitism. So much tolerance and understanding that they are willing to give [Iran] an atom[ic bomb].”
    read more: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.684347

    Biting the hands that feed ’em eh?

    • Kay24
      November 5, 2015, 7:52 am

      The New York times article headlines regarding this subject says:

      “Israeli PM Under Fire Over Nominee’s ‘Inappropriate’ Remarks”

      Again, it’s the timing (just before the Beebs meets Obama). Only an unhinged man will keep doing the same controversial thing over and over again.

      • CigarGod
        November 5, 2015, 8:31 am

        Pretty telling, when you consider that your best negotiating posture is…crazy.
        Where do you go from there?

    • CigarGod
      November 5, 2015, 8:28 am

      “Modern anti-semitism”

      The old definition just wasn’t bringing in the donations, so we need to add another spooky head and a few extra arms to our boogyman.

      • Kay24
        November 5, 2015, 8:57 am

        You got that right. :))

      • Mooser
        November 5, 2015, 4:39 pm

        “Modern anti-semitism”

        Oh heck, don’t stop there! Write some songs, work up a few dance routines and “Thoroughly Modern Antisemitism” the musical, will win a Tony award.

    • talknic
      November 5, 2015, 8:47 am

      The incoming head of Israel’s National Public Diplomacy Directorate

      Uh? They really have lost the plot.

      • Kay24
        November 5, 2015, 9:01 am

        Yes, but this has become a bad zionist habit, a pattern, by loony tunes Yahoo, Will this make patriotic Americans in Congress stamp their feet, and say “enough Beebs, you have continuously insulted the President, and make in your face decisions before you violate the space in the WH?”…nah they will all be eager to kiss up to a large posterior and say how high when he barks the order. Sheesh.

      • Rashers2
        November 5, 2015, 6:54 pm

        Do try to see things from the Israeli perspective, talknic! What is the main purpose of most nations’ engagement in diplomacy and having diplomatic corps? It’s de-escalation: personal mediation to prevent minor slights or errors becoming “incidents”, “incidents” becoming crises and crises becoming conflicts or wars. It’s integral to Mileikowsky’s and the Zionists’ psyche never to tone down the rhetoric, compromise, accommodate, apologise or change tack. Ran Baratz’s appointment merely follows a pattern of recent choices – Danon for the UN, Dermer for Washington, Regev for London. They’re firemen whose first inclination is to douse a blaze with petrol. The upside for the Ziopaths is two-fold: first, such diplomatic representatives increase the likelihood of the perpetual conflicts and wars on which Israel is so dependent; second, they inspire wisespread dislike and contempt among their foreign peers. Cue the eternal victim: “Everyone hates us because we’re Jews.” Neat, eh?

    • ckg
      November 5, 2015, 10:17 am

      And Baratz said that Kerry’s mental age does not exceed that of a twelve-year old. The State Dept daily briefing today could be very interesting.

      • Kay24
        November 5, 2015, 10:47 am

        Just imagine how they (the zio corporation unlimited) would have politicized and shown outrage, had this been told by a Palestinian, or an Iranian official. But such ugly statements can only be ignored should it be spoken by one supposed to be our dear “ally”.

      • ckg
        November 5, 2015, 6:24 pm

        Mr. Kirby: “But it’s – we learn in kindergarten about name-calling, and it’s simply not a polite thing to do.”

        QUESTION: And finally, I have one last question. Seems that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed a spokesman who has basically made allegations that the president – President Obama was anti-Semitic and so on. Is that something that you – I mean, do you have any comment on that?

        MR KIRBY: Yeah, we’ve seen reports of Mr. Baratz’s previous comments about U.S. officials. We understand those comments were made in his private capacity. His comments about U.S. officials, including the President and Secretary Kerry, we believe were troubling and offensive. We obviously expect government officials from any country, especially our closest allies, to speak respectfully and truthfully about senior U.S. government officials. The Secretary spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning, and we understand that the prime minister will be reviewing this appointment when he returns from his visit to the United States. And I would refer you to the Government of Israel for any additional comment.

        QUESTION: That’s an interesting response, given what your colleague at the White House had to say, which was basically we want to stay out of this and noted that the person in question had apologized for the remarks. Your colleague, Josh Earnest, said that they were aware of the apology and thought that an apology was fully warranted.

        MR KIRBY: And we would agree, certainly.

        QUESTION: Right. But are you suggesting that you would like to see him – by saying that you understand the prime minister is going to review this nomination, are you saying that you think that perhaps he should rescind the nomination, that it’s a bad choice?

        MR KIRBY: I didn’t say – no, I didn’t say that. I said that I’m – all I did was repeat what the prime minister told Secretary Kerry, which was it is his intention to review the appointment when he returns from the United States.

        QUESTION: Right.

        MR KIRBY: But I completely agree with Mr. Earnest and his characterization about the apology being warranted.

        QUESTION: Did Secretary Kerry call Prime Minister Netanyahu specifically because of this appointment?

        MR KIRBY: They – I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu initiated this particular call. I know this was a topic of it. I don’t know – I can’t say whether they discussed other issues.

        QUESTION: This seems to be a recurring theme among minute members of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s cabinet.

        MR KIRBY: Minute members?

        QUESTION: Members —

        MR KIRBY: Members.

        QUESTION: — of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s cabinet, making – by name – disparaging remarks about senior U.S. officials. Does this cause you any concern?

        MR KIRBY: Well —

        QUESTION: And conversely, does it cause you concern that there are – seem to be numerous American officials speaking on background who have been disparaging of Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israeli government officials? Is this indicative of the poor state of relations between the two countries?

        MR KIRBY: I don’t have the history of every comment spoken by people on either side, but that aside, obviously name-calling and insults, certainly, aimed at individuals doesn’t do anything to help advance and deepen the relationship, which is where Secretary Kerry wants it to go. And it was clear to him that that’s where Prime Minister Netanyahu wants things to go, too. And so our focus is on that. But it’s – we learn in kindergarten about name-calling, and it’s simply not a polite thing to do. And it’s certainly not helpful when you’ve got – excuse me – you got bigger fish to fry.

        Sorry, my voice is going here.

        QUESTION: It is going. But I’d say it’s striking that you would say that, considering that that seems to be in itself a bit of name-calling, no? I mean, one of the things that the new Israeli spokesman has apologized for is saying that Secretary Kerry’s – his – he’s got the – a pre-teen – his thoughts are like a 12-year-old.

        MR KIRBY: No, no, no.

        QUESTION: Now you’re talking about kindergarteners here.

        MR KIRBY: I’m just talking about – it’s a rule you learn when you’re a very young child about the – about trying to avoid name-calling. And again, it’s not helpful. But we’re not focused on this, Matt.

        QUESTION: Okay.

        MR KIRBY: We’re focused on the relationship and moving it forward. And the Secretary was grateful for the conversation he had with Prime Minister Netanyahu. And as far as we’re concerned, we’re looking forward to his visit here to the United States and to spending time working on issues that really do matter.

        QUESTION: Right. Okay. So this chapter is closed as far as you’re concerned?

        MR KIRBY: As far as we’re concerned, yeah.

      • ckg
        November 5, 2015, 7:09 pm

        Just don’t call it incitement.

        QUESTION: Just to go back to these sort of statements by the Israeli prime minister’s media advisor, I mean, one post was about building a third Jewish temple in the al-Aqsa compound. So I mean, his is to basically improve the Israeli Government’s image around the world, and his past is basically supporting building a third temple. During the conversation between the Secretary and Prime Minister Netanyahu, did that ever come up? I mean, can you give more detail about how somebody who sort of said these things which can inflame tensions between Israelis and Palestinians could be chosen for such a role like this?

        MR KIRBY: I don’t really think I can add to my comments before. I said we found the comments that he made in the past in a private capacity – we have found those troubling and offensive. We’ve noted that an apology – we’ve said we believe that that was warranted. I’ve also noted that the prime minister himself said that he would be reviewing the appointment upon his return to the United States. This is for Prime Minister Netanyahu to decide, obviously, and we respect that. But I don’t know that I could add anything more to what I’ve said in answer to Matt’s question with respect to his comments.

        QUESTION: Can I just —

        QUESTION: Well – but on the – what you said were troubling and offensive were his comments about President Obama and Secretary Kerry, not necessarily – are you saying that the comments that he made about a third temple —

        MR KIRBY: We certainly —

        QUESTION: — are also troubling and offensive? Because that’s the kind of talk that has – that the Secretary was referring to – at least some of it – on the Israeli side —

        MR KIRBY: Right.

        QUESTION: — when he talked about inflammatory rhetoric, things that he —

        MR KIRBY: Certainly, those comments too are troubling and not in keeping with the kind of future we want to see for the holy sites and for Jerusalem. So obviously, we certainly don’t associate ourselves with comments like that. But look, this is an issue for Prime Minister Netanyahu to deal with.

      • RoHa
        November 5, 2015, 8:01 pm

        Your State Department spokespeople are a constant source of delight.

        I wish I could say the same for the spokespeople of our Department of Foreign Affairs, but it is not even certain that such beings exist. If they do, no-one has noticed.

  20. MHughes976
    November 5, 2015, 9:30 am

    Foreign aid has a merrygoround element when used to purchase goods, often but not necessarily military supplies, from the donor country – ie money is being moved from the mass of taxpayers to certain commercial enterprises whose employees all have a certain reason to vote for the politicians who voted for the aid. Even more importantly, the owners of these enterprises have reason to make campaign donations, in proportion to their enrichment by taxpayer money, to the same political bunch. Thus for politicians to vote for aid to foreign countries, particularly the particularly conspicuous, donor-attracting aid to Israel, is to push a button marked ‘aid for me’.

  21. Nevada Ned
    November 5, 2015, 11:22 am

    Foreign aid is often criticized because it’s supposed to contribute to economic development, but it doesn’t.

    Long ago, a State Department official admitted that often economic development wasn’t the goal in the first place. The goal may have been to buy a vote at the UN, or to prevent a country from going Communist, or a variety of other goals. But not economic development.

    Also, much foreign aid is siphoned off corruptly, at one end (US) or the other (recipient country).

    The upshot is that nobody should really be surprised by the persistence of poverty in Israel among Jews, even though Israel has received enough money over the decades to give each Israeli family over $100K. A few years, large numbers of Israeli Jews protested that they couldn’t even afford to buy sour cream, and spontaneous uprising seemed to threaten the Netanyahu regime. (Of course, Palestinians are even worse off).

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