Lion’s share of U.S. aid to Israel

Despite expectations that the Obama administration would financially pressure Israel to accept a two-state solution and implement practical measures, the U.S. administration has indicated that aid to Israel will, in fact, be raised. At the same time, the budget also imposes harsh conditions on the Palestinian Authority in order to receive aid.

According to the Israeli daily, Haaretz, the budget proposed to Congress for 2010 is more than a 10% increase in total U.S. aid to Israel.

The Israeli government is already the largest recipient of US financial aid in the world, receiving one-third of total US aid to foreign countries, even though Israel’s population comprises just .001% of the world’s population, and it also has one the world’s higher per capita incomes.

The United States provides direct and indirect military aid to Israel – totaling more than it gives to all the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean put together, whose combined total population is well over a billion.

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