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U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel, 1949-2014

| July 27, 2014

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This report provides an overview of U.S. foreign assistance to Israel. It includes a review of past aid programs, data on annual assistance, and an analysis of current issues.

Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $121 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance. Strong congressional support for Israel has resulted in Israel receiving benefits not available to any other countries; for example, Israel can use some U.S. military assistance both for research and development in the United States and for military purchases from Israeli manufacturers. In addition, U.S. assistance earmarked for Israel is generally delivered in the first 30 days of the fiscal year, while most other recipients normally receive aid in installments, and Israel (as is also the case with Egypt) is permitted to use cash flow financing for its U.S. arms purchases. In addition to receiving U.S. State Department-administered foreign assistance, Israel also receives funds from annual defense appropriations bills for rocket and missile defense programs. Israel pursues some of those programs jointly with the United States.

In 2007, the Bush Administration and the Israeli government agreed to a 10-year, $30 billion military aid package for the period from FY2009 to FY2018. During his March 2013 visit to Israel, President Obama pledged that the United States would continue to provide Israel with multi-year commitments of military aid subject to the approval of Congress. The FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-76) provides the President’s full $3.1 billion request in FMF for Israel. In addition, it provides another $504 million in funding for research, development, and production of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system ($235 million) and of the joint U.S.-Israel missile defense systems David’s Sling ($149.7 million), the Arrow improvement program (or Arrow II, $44.3 million), and Arrow III ($74.7 million). For FY2015, the Administration is requesting $3.1 billion in FMF to Israel and $10 million in Migration and Refugee Assistance. The Missile Defense Agency’s FY2015 request for joint U.S.-Israeli programs is $96.8 million. The Administration also is requesting $175.9 million for Iron Dome.

The full report is below.

–CRS Reports

US Foreign Aid to Israel, 1949-2014

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2 Responses for “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel, 1949-2014”

  1. palmcoaster says:

    Thank you Flagler Live for the researched data.
    We have to stop all foreign aid. Israel and or Israelis living abroad have/are some of the wealthiest people in the world. Why don’t they fund their country. Why we poor, jobless Americans that can’t even afford health or dental care are bleed to fund them? Enough is enough. End foreign aid. What are we all morons satisfying the special interest geared American politicians lobbyist?
    3 billion a year just to Israel alone, plus more to others. Our hard earned funds that we desperatly need here at home. To hell with the IMF (International Monetary Fund). Lets take care of our own first.

  2. palmcoaster says:

    MORE THAN $22 BILLION TO EDUCATION since 1988! http://floridalottery.com/inet/educationDollarToEducation.do
    Now all here can compare the monstruosity of the foreign aid given to just one country not even counting the others, in the same period of time the Florida Lottery raised (meager in comparison) 22 billion for education. When are we going to demand to stop all foreign aid and instead invest in our own first?

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