Last week, Congress finally got around to finalizing the 2011 budget, which included a record-breaking appropriation of $3 billion in military aid to Israel (not including an additional $415 million in Pentagon funding for joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense projects).This money was the third installment of a ten-year Memorandum of Understanding signed by the United States and Israel to provide Israel with $30 billion in U.S. military aid from 2009-2018, an annual average increase of 25% over previous levels.
the extent of U.S.weapons transferred to Israel and the direct relationship between these weapons and Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians has been difficult to detail.Not any longer.To coincide with Tax Day, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation launched a new website: How Many Weapons to Israel?to catalogue and quantify the types,values,and quantities of U.S.weapons transferred to Israel between 2000-2009.
How Many Weapons to Israel?paints a disturbing picture of the extent to which the United States is saturating Israel with weapons.Take just one example: in the last three years alone, the United States has provided Israel with enough ammunition(47 million pieces)to kill every Palestinian in the Occupied Territories more than ten times over! What a truly frightening thought.
[THAT AID IS ILLEGAL UNDER US LAWS,LEAHY,GLEN ACT,SYMMINGTON AMMENDMENT.. BTW]