Why Does America Spend So Much on Israel?


Why do we spend so much money on Israel? Over my decades of military service, as the
Deputy Commander of United States European Command and now as a security advisor, I’ve
often heard people make this complaint. The truth is we don’t spend enough. We should spend more. And for purely selfish reasons. Every dollar we spend on Israel is a dollar
spent, in effect, in our own defense. As a value proposition, it’s all in America’s
favor. Let me explain, but before I do let me say
this: I can easily defend why America supports Israel
on moral grounds alone. I’ve been there on numerous occasions. It’s a good and decent country. Given the neighborhood it lives in, I find
that both remarkable and admirable. But I will make this argument solely on the
basis of America’s security. Our partnership with Israel is unique. Unlike most of our current treaty alliances
— say with South Korea — our ties with Jerusalem are not premised on American troops serving
as tripwires on Israel’s frontlines. This is because Israel takes care of itself. America, for good reason, remains wary of
any further military engagement in the Middle East. And this only strengthens the case for giving
Israel the tools it needs to defend its borders. Here are three things we can do – again,
all in our own self-interest. First, the United States should front load
its financial commitment to Israel. We have agreed to provide Israel $38 billion
in defense assistance over ten years. That’s a big number, but it’s also a great
deal – for America. In addition to giving Israel the financial
wherewithal to purchase the weapons it needs, it also benefits the American economy. Under the agreement, Israel must spend these
funds on U.S. products. And it’s happy to do so. Without adding a cent to the total, the United
States should “front-load” this assistance to reflect the changing strategic situation
in the Middle East, specifically the rising danger presented by Iran and its proxies Hezbollah
and Hamas. An accelerated timetable would allow Israel
to acquire critical capabilities like more F-35 air attack squadrons, more air refueling
tankers and more precision munitions. It will need this hardware to defend itself
and American interests against these persistent, and growing, threats. Second, the United States should enhance our
alliance with Israel. It may surprise you to know that the United
States does not have a defense treaty with this essential ally – lots of agreements,
but no treaty. We should. Why is this important? Because it will send a loud strategic signal
to Israel’s enemies that if you mess with Israel, you mess with us. Israel is not going to ask us for troops. But we should be giving them anything else
they need — intelligence, weapons technology and other vital information. And we know this is a two-way street. Israel gives a lot in return. Which leads me to the third point. The United States and Israel should build
on their already close collaboration in research and development. Israel is one of the most high-tech economies
in the world. American investors understand this. More venture capital is spent per capita in
Israel than in any other country. Nine out of the ten largest companies have
R&D facilities there. This is in a country of just 8 million people. When we sell them military gear, they adapt
it to their own special needs. The American military, in turn, benefits from
these innovations, especially in the area of desert warfare. Indeed, President Obama’s Defense Secretary
Ashton Carter made this point. “There’s no question that American lives
have been saved by Israeli technology.” There are many cutting-edge projects we can
work on together, such as directed-energy weapons. This new form of cannon emits highly-focused
energy to neutralize targets. Such weapons will be needed to counter the
spread of cheap, deadly and plentiful mortars and drones from Iran and other bad actors. All this explains why I find it so infuriating
to see Americans, especially young Americans, support anti-Israel groups like BDS –Boycott,
Divest, Sanction – that want to weaken and destroy Israel. Putting aside the perverse logic of these
groups — that we should punish a free and open democracy — it’s self-destructive. Israel is on the front line of terror. They, not us, are within missile range of
Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas. To the extent these enemies of freedom are
held in check, they are held in check by Israel. And, they ask from us not one US soldier — only
for military aid, which they spend on American defense products to help defend American interests. We should give them that aid without reservation. Sure, it costs us treasure. But it saves us blood. Our blood. It’s also the right thing to do. I’m General Chuck Wald, United States Air
Force, for Prager University.

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100 thoughts on “Why Does America Spend So Much on Israel?

  1. People commenting here are so dumb, that i just can't believe my own eyes: the money goes out to Israel comes back in to the US since they only spend that same money on USA made weapons. And the US gets medical and technology developments from israel as well. So what the HECK do these antisemites want from this guy making the video?!

  2. Oh boy. I can’t believe how much antisemitism is on this thread. These people must be millennials living under their parent’s roof and going to a “popular” UC with their parent’s money. Pathetic. God bless the U.S and Israel.

  3. The only reason why I support Israel was because 1m Jews was expelled with nothing from across the middle East(their ancestral home) to Israel.

  4. What a terrible video , what a wanker you are chuck , please disclose if you are either on the payroll , compromised or just another dumb American who is So Blinkered it’s laughable !
    ( you’re probably are all 3 )

  5. This isn't the reason why America really helps Israel, The main reason is that there want to be blessed, the bible says it
    Genesis 12:3
    And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.
    Israel is blessed by God.

  6. Israeli here, what most americans dont know is that lots of us dont want your financial aid, we just dont need it. we love america but this deal is mostly benefical to the US. we use it to buy american military equipment only, which benefits american economy by many ways but the main way is that we market this equipment to the world by using it operationaly. for example, after the IDF bombed the Iraqi nuclear facilities decades ago, all the world bought F15 as Israel did and now we do the same thing with the f35 that was a failed project until now. we also use this money for researching and developing technologies that benefit Israel and the US. Its also important to mention that other countries get aid from the US. Afghanistan and Iraq for example get more than israel while Saudi and Egypt get little less.
    In the last Israeli elections i voted for Feiglin that one of his main promises was to stop American aid. The reason that i and many other Israelis dont want that aid is that beside the point that we dont want to rely on an outside help for anything, it cripples our own abilities to create our own planes and weaponry. thats right, we dont need those Lokhid Martin beauties, we want to make our own stuff. a few decades ago israeli military industry was working on a plane called the Lavi which was one of the most advanced fighter jets in the world at the time. under american pressure the Israeli goverment shut it down, inspite of a big protest in Israel. The reason for the US to do so was to kill the comptetion with their F15 and F16 and get all the benefits that i mentioned above.

    So please understand, we dont want or need your aid, you made us taking it !

    Peace to our American brothers and sisters.

  7. ISRAEL MADE HOLLYWOD who give usa alot of dollors 13 MILION JEWS WHO LIFE IN USA PAY TEX more then alot of american who not work at all ISRAEL MADE THE FIRST PC,INTERNET,CAMERA,GOOGLE ,FIRST HAND FHONE , ON USA LAND by jews and the usa make alot of money fROM IT,israel give usa tecnology like iron dome and trohpy sistem and more info abut TERORISTS WHO WANNA MAKE BOOMS IN US LAND AND ITS NOT IN THE NEWS
    ,,,,WITH NO ISRAEL WHO BOOM IRAQ IN 1981 THE ATOMIC BOOM WAS SEND TO US WITH LOVE FROM SADAMM BUT ISRAEL BOOM THIS PLACE AND SAVE 200 MILIONS AMERICAN LIFE ,,,ABUT USS Liberty WHO SHIP NEXT TO YAMMAN WITH NO FLAG ISRAEL NOT GOT IN THE 1940 TECNOLOGY TO KNOW ITS WAS AMERICA SHIP AND WE SORRY FIR IT WHEN JAPAN BOOM 100 SHIP IN HAWAY ISLAND AND KILL 3000 AMERICANS ALOT OF JAPANS PEOPEL NOT SORRY ON IT OR ARABS KILL 3000 PEOPEL IN 9/11 RHEY NO SORRY ON IT AND AMERICA GIVE THEM SIT IN THE CAPITAL THIS 2 ARABS WOMANS WHO HATE ISRAEL AND AMERICA OH ITS ISRAEL SO LET BLAME THEM

  8. America pays these idiots but America can't take care of their own veterans…the same soldiers that used to protect America are homeless and some even committing suicide. Why won't America help its people first?

  9. Well, as long as israel stand, enemies of usa in the area wont have resource to spare to harm usa interest in the area, most of the time.

  10. I will say it again, GOD is Israel, although the jews don't believe in Jesus Christ as their king and savior and redeemer, Jesus is the King not only of Israel but of the world, God father is light, the jews are light, they are not pigs, when there is a man like soros that doesn't mean that jews are bad, it's just a handful of them encouraging the idiology of endless almsgiven and charity, the Jews are the ones who behave like humans, they don't kill each other, they don't envy, they are god's people

  11. That's interesting… I never knew that. I always wondered why are we giving so much to Israel when we need the money here…

  12. Why why WHY can we "afford" to give Israel 38 billion dollars over 10 years, so 3.8 billion a year, but NOT 5 billion dollars for a wall to secure our southern border?

  13. The like to dislike ratio, Israel is quite a divisive topic. Still waiting for him to explain why the US spends so much money, he says why US should spend money, but not why they do

  14. the last time israel had the hardware to de=fend itself they pearl harbored theUSS LIBERTY now they moved to murdering teenage palestinians

  15. Might want to balance this out by reading Alison Weir's book AGAINST OUR BETTER JUDGMENT. Her website is ifamericansknew dot org.

  16. Before the European Colonists and Zionists moved into Palestine, most Arab and Muslim countries respected America. Our support of them is what lead to so much of the strife in the world. Many Americans advised against our support of Israel when we were looking at their beginnings. We'd all probably be better off had that country never been created. Continuing to support them is of questionable value.

  17. This guy keeps saying that Israel never asks for American soldiers. That's just not true. We keep fighting those wars in the Middle East basically for Israel with American lives.

  18. This is a blatant propaganda piece on why the U.S. should continue to borrow money and continue to go into unpayable debt to preserve the Rothschilds construct known as Israhell. The Jews in that part of the world give nothing back. Total loss.

  19. I was a great supporter of prager university until I saw this video, it completely dishearten me, what a load of bull shit propaganda was just uttered in this video, justifying a apartheid fascist regime who stole the land and subjugated its people……. really disappointed with prager U…I am unsubscribing it !!!

  20. While the assertion made is in fact true, the speaker did a poor job of explaining it. For a truly comprehensive explanation of why USA aid to Israel is in fact an investment with major returns for the USA, see here: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/09/aid-to-israel-isnt-foreign-aid-its-an-investment/

  21. Because Israel, and america are both ran by the same people, The Jews own all the media and have seized power and wealth in the top echelons of society. The very person who made this video and owns prageru is a Jew himself. This is propaganda plain and simple.

  22. Israel is not the largest recipient of US foreign aid. Afghanistan costs American tax payers $4.89 billion per year from both the economic and security assistance budgets.
    The $3.18 billion in security assistance to Israel is far less than what the United States spends on other countries if you also take into account the larger Department of Defense budget for things like overseas military bases. There are 48,828 American soldiers stationed on Japanese soil costing the American tax payer $27 billion per year. US troops are also stationed in Germany costing $21 billion and in South Korea $15 billion. Moreover, these American troops may be expected to enter a war if these nations are threatened.
    In contrast, Israel does not ask for or want American soldiers to fight their battles. While the United States and Israel closely cooperate on multiple levels, the only US service personnel on the ground in Israel are a few dozen stationed at an Israeli facility housing a US military radar installation.
    Here's the list of top 10 recipients….
    1 Afghanistan ($4.89 billion)
    2 Iraq ($3.36 billion)
    3 Israel ($3.18 billion)
    4 Jordan ($1.38 billion)
    5 Ethiopia ($943 million)
    6 South Sudan ($922 million)
    7 Kenya ($899 million)
    8 Pakistan ($892 million)
    9 Nigeria ($644 million)
    10 Uganda ($608 million).
    https://www.concernusa.org/story/foreign-aid-by-country/

  23. Israel is the best country in the world, The U.S. Second because it was founded by god fearing men. Never do jews try to murder Muslims or go kill everyone just because they disagree with them. People like Mohammed and Hitler were like that. That's why we help Israel also Israel is God's land. Anyone who hates Israel, hates God. Anyone who does not help Israel does not help God. Israel is innocent and deserves our help.

  24. I agree with most of the PraguerU says but with Israel is something I disagree but i respect because The people of israel dont have the fault

  25. AIPAC ANYONE?they are NOT OUR FRIENDS. . They are the 15th largest economy in the world- with their own agenda. Their influence is a 5th column in our politics! Zionism is not the only answer in this area- the only point I differ with prayer!

  26. 1) How does giving them money to buy from us help us? That’s just like us just giving them the things.
    2) R&D…. I’m sure we could do that research.
    3) “the right thing to do” that’s not much of an argument.

    Balance the budget. Then help others with part of what’s left over.

  27. Alright, I'm fine with giving money but no more wars, Israel is one of the few allies we have in the middleeast and their presence there is necessary

  28. Israel is a criminal state, and Jews are a vile nation of murderers. They murdered Philistines, Greeks, Syrians, Spaniards, Poles, Russians, Ukrainians and many others. Their hatred for white people is immeasurable. Their love for Marxism and communism is immense. Jews are the worse enemy of the Greco-roman civilisation since two millenias. Understand that, dear Anglos, or you will suffer the fate of Poland as a state and of white Afrikaaners as a nation.

  29. The propaganda is strong with this one. What people seem to forget is Israel, like old South Africa, is an apartheid state. Palatines are second class, have no rights, no representation & are persecuted daily. The US was quick to condemned South Africa in the 70's & 80's, but not Israel for doing the exact same things, in fact the US is paying them to keep doing it.

  30. Jerusalem is holy to Christians. Technically the largest group on planet earth, also the most powerful. Israel is a buffer which prevents formation of a dynamic where this group is aroused. That is the only reason.

  31. The only democracy in the whole of the Middle East . An island in a sea of dictatorships and Islamic Republics , ( same thing )

  32. This video should be instead titled;

    ”How to form a parasitical relationship with a nation”

  33. We spend so much on Israel to fulfill Prophecy. I am glad that I live in a country that is for Israel and not against it, for Prophecy says that all of Israel's enemies will fall in defeat by the God of Israel who is Yahweh, his son Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha-Kodesh. You will soon see what happens to those who war with God's people.

  34. OMFG, to all the idiots who keep crying about USS liberty. You should know that the USA has also once destroyed an iranian CIVILIAN jet because they thought it was gonna kamikaze into their fleet. Everyone makes mistakes.

  35. Jesus christ.. so much antisemitism going on in this comment section it's not even funny. And it's not hidden aswell, just plain old antisemitism.

  36. You support those who have occupied the land, killed the children, raped the women and arrested the unarmed They practiced the worst forms of terrorism and dictatorship against the Palestinians And then you talk to the world about democracy and freedom, the ugliest forms of hypocrisy for what for the sake of interests How can you blame someone as a terrorist   Which ye have made He just wants to take revenge. He wants to be free. They are not criminals The criminal is Whoever is criminal in their right And he still criminalizes

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