Yet another model to this question, which is plainly among the most commonly asked on Quora:
Why does the United States offer ‘financial support’ for Israel?
The US federal government has chosen that spending in excess of $120 billion per year to promote its geopolitical goals is worth it. And the $3 billion of credits that is given to Israel against purchase of US military hardware is small potatoes compared to what it actually spends on other allies.
David Vine, a teacher at American University, mentions in Base Country: How U.S. Armed Force Bases Abroad Damage America and the World that there are 150,500 American troops stationed in seventy nations around the globe. The cost price quote to the American taxpayer yearly is at least $85-100 billion. As soon as the real expenses are determined, the biggest aid recipient is Japan, where 48,828 US military workers are stationed. This translates into a United States military aid package of over $27 billion. Germany, with 37,704 United States troops on its soil, gets help comparable to around $21 billion; South Korea, with 27,553 US troops, receives over $15 billion; and Italy gets a minimum of $6 billion.
What does the US government receive from those credits?
While the Israel-haters wish to provide the United States military help bundle as some sort of ‘no strings connected’ gift, the truth is more of an exchange of goods and services, along with the fulfillment of guarantees made by the United States in peace treaties.
Containment of Soviet/Russian Influence
One informing point is that the US did not support Israel militarily until after 1967, and economically maybe not until the 1980’s. The Cold War controlled US geopolitics, stimulating endless operations to include Soviet influence in almost every corner of the world. Just when Israel showed itself as a beneficial adversary to the Soviet client states that surrounded it in 1967 did the United States support begin.Although the Cold War is over, in many methods the US behavior towards Russia is similar to that of the USSR. In the following chart, note how the nations who receive the most US aid are adjacent to Russia and her allies (Syria, Iran, Hizbullah).
A United States attack aircraft carrier in a troubled region
Israel exists in a highly tactical and yet extremely unsteady area. And even the most ardent Israel-hater should concur that Israel can be counted upon as a trusted US ally. US Secretary of State Alexander Haig likened Israel to “the largest American carrier worldwide that can not be sunk, does not bring even one American soldier, and lies in an important region for American national security.” It could be added that this ‘warship’ does not cost nearly as much as the drifting variety (carriers are extremely pricey to develop and keep). It might and possibly need to also be noted that the United States does now operate a very little base in Israel, with about 100 workers. Israel philosophically discovers it distasteful to have a foreign base on its soil, but the size and benefits of this mini-base were enough for it to make this one exception.
The cost of keeping an US military existence in Germany and Japan, extremely rich countries which exist in much less volatile or strategic regions, is approximated to cost United States taxpayers a minimum of $20 billion annually for each country. Israel is quite a deal in contrast.
Balance of military help
US supplies economic and military help to several countries who show lukewarm approval of Israel’s existence if not outright hostility. Israel’s immediate next-door neighbors figure big on the list of US help, as do the fear centers of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Camp David Accords, which offers many geopolitical benefits to the US, assured Egypt considerable financial and military help. If one wishes to be seen as reasonable and balanced, equivalent assistance needs to be offered to both sides.
Furthermore, United States has sold advanced military hardware worth 10s of billions of dollars to wealthy Arab petro-states who have frequently required Israel’s damage in the past. If you wish to make the sale and yet keep Israel as an ally, you need to offer some reciprocity.
Increase domestic defense industry
With brand-new Obama policies, 100%of United States aid to Israel is spent on buying devices from the US. This is definitely in contrast to US military spending in Germany and Japan. In those countries much of the military spending plan is invested locally, assisting the regional economy much more than that of the United States.
Control of the sale of Israeli weapons to United States competitors
Israeli high tech weapons is valued throughout the world, and demanded by lots of countries, including some which are not precisely friendly to United States interests. To exert this particular influence over Israel, which likewise affects Israeli GDP, some incentive needs to be supplied by the US.
A current Trump scandal in the last couple of months revealed a little bit of the dependence of the United States intelligence community on the Mossad. Trump revealed to Russia some information of a Mossad operation where Israeli representatives permeated Islamic State and discovered their strategy to plant bombs in laptop computers taken onboard business aircraft bound for the US.
It is clear that the US relies on Mossad for access to important details, and this has actually held true for decades. George Keagan, former head of U.S. Air Force Intelligence, stated that “Israel deserves 5 CIAs.”
Application to a recent news product: when an Israeli F16 was shot down by a barrage of Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, the details of that conflict is of big value to the United States military. The US can expect to get extensive information that will help plan future prospective interactions with Russian developed systems.
Joint military hardware advancement
Israel has a distinct position in its cooperation with the US on development of military hardware. Many jobs, such as the Arrow missile, are established together to the advantage and expense savings of both.
Furthermore, Israel is a significant test bed for United States military hardware. It was mostly Israeli-flown however US-built F-15 fighter jets that accrued the F-15’s enviable record.
” The very first kill by an F-15 was scored by Israeli Flying force ace Moshe Melnik in 1979. … F-15 As reportedly downed 13 Syrian MiG-21 s and two Syrian MiG-25 s. Israeli F-15 As and Bs participated as escorts in Operation Opera, an air campaign on an Iraqi atomic power plant In the 1982 Lebanon War, Israeli F-15 s were credited with 41 Syrian aircraft ruined (23 MiG-21 s and 17 MiG-23 s, and one Aérospatiale SA.342 L Gazelle helicopter). Throughout Operation Mole Cricket 19, Israeli F-15 s and F-16 s together shot down 82 Syrian fighter airplane (MiG-21 s, MiG-23 s, and MiG-23 Ms) without any losses.
Additionally, much information about the current Soviet innovations were gotten during Israel’s many wars to protect its existence.
Israel is the just really dependable place in the area for the storage of US military hardware if US needed to get that product to a neighboring theatre of operation quickly.
Defending Shipping Lanes
Probably among the most important functions for the sole international superpower is to maintain the security of the world’s shipping lanes. Much of what can be stated in praise of Pax Romana and Pax Britannia was their defense of trade routes, and the increase in worldwide wealth since of that. In this regard, Israel is a terrific help to the US, considering its area near to the Horn of Africa and one of the most well-known shipping traffic jams accessed by Somali pirates.
Supreme AIPAC lobbyists?
In spite of all of this, Israel haters like to single out AIPAC as having immense impact in Washington. Even though it is clear that AIPAC is hardly the most effective lobby for a foreign country in Washington, we could likewise aim to the success of AIPAC in lobbying congress to vote versus Obama’s Iran deal. AIPAC failed entirely. Omnipotent? Maybe not.
Here is a list of the financing of foreign lobbyists:
” In 2010, foreign federal governments invested around $460 million on lobbying Congress and the U.S. Federal Government In Between 2015–2017, the Saudi Arabia paid $18 million to 145 registered lobbyists to affect the U.S. government.”
Where is the outrage about South Korea and Japan, who spend much more than Israel in lobbying the US government?
However even foreign nations pale in contrast to the top lobbyist groups: