Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine Gets Nitty Gritty on U.S. Aid to Israel

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CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS ON PALESTINE GETS NITTY GRITTY ON U.S. AID TO ISRAEL

The United States has provided Israel a total of $84.8 billion in grants and loans since 1949 at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $134.8 billion, according to executive editor Richard Curtiss of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Curtiss, a retired U.S. foreign service officer, spoke on "True Lies About U.S. Aid to Israel" Oct. 21 at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine in Washington, DC. The figures, he pointed out, do not include the $10 billion in U.S. loan guarantees provided to Israel, because the ultimate cost of these guarantees to U.S. taxpayers is as yet unknown. Nor have these figures been adjusted for inflation.

The editor's talk was based upon information he obtained from the USAID program and the Congressional Research Service for the September/October issue of The Link, published by Americans for Middle East Understanding in New York.(1) In the talk he covered the Israeli government's elaborate lobbying apparatus that has made this extraordinary transfer of U.S. wealth to the state of Israel possible.

Coordinating this lobbying effort is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Israeli government's principal lobby in Washington, DC, with a budget of $15 million, 150 employees and five or six registered lobbyists who personally visit all 535 members of Congress at least once a year. …