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ISRAEL Cost the USA taxpayer $3,000,000,000,000 just to 2003. .By :The Washingto [Copy link] 中文

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The Real Cost Of US Support For Israel
$3 Trillion

by Christopher Bollyn, September 19, 2003

While it is commonly reported that Israel officially receives some $3 billion every year in the form of economic aid from the U.S. government, this figure is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many billions of dollars more in hidden costs and economic losses lurking beneath the surface. A recently published economic analysis has concluded that U.S. support for the state of Israel has cost American taxpayers nearly $3 trillion ($3 million millions) in 2002 dollars.

"The Costs to American Taxpayers of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: $3 Trillion" is a summary of economic research done by Thomas R. Stauffer. Stauffer's summary of the research was published in the June 2003 issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

Stauffer is a Washington, D.C.-based engineer and economist who writes and teaches about the economics of energy and the Middle East. Stauffer has taught at Harvard University and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Stauffer's findings were first presented at an October 2002 conference sponsored by the U.S. Army College and the University of Maine.

Stauffer's analysis is "an estimate of the total cost to the U.S. alone of instability and conflict in the region - which emanates from the core Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

"Total identifiable costs come to almost $3 trillion," Stauffer says. "About 60 percent, well over half, of those costs - about $1.7 trillion - arose from the U.S. defense of Israel, where most of that amount has been incurred since 1973."

"Support for Israel comes to $1.8 trillion, including special trade advantages, preferential contracts, or aid buried in other accounts. In addition to the financial outlay, U.S. aid to Israel costs some 275,000 American jobs each year." The trade-aid imbalance alone with Israel of between $6-10 billion costs about 125,000 American jobs every year, Stauffer says.

The largest single element in the costs has been the series of oil-supply crises that have accompanied the Israeli-Arab wars and the construction of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. ?To date these have cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion (2002 dollars), excluding the additional costs incurred since 2001,? Stauffer wrote.

The cost of supporting Israel increased drastically after the 1973 Israeli-Arab war. U.S. support for Israel during that war resulted in additional costs for the American taxpayer of between $750 billion and $1 trillion, Stauffer says.

When Israel was losing the war, President Richard Nixon stepped in to supply the Jewish state with U.S. weapons. Nixon's intervention triggered the Arab oil embargo which Stauffer estimates cost the U.S. as much as $600 billion in lost GDP and another $450 in higher oil import costs.

"The 1973 oil crisis, all in all, cost the U.S. economy no less than $900 billion, and probably as much as $1,200 billion," he says.

As a result of the oil embargo the United States created the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to "insulate Israel and the U.S. against the wielding of a future Arab 'oil weapon'." The billion-barrel SPR has cost U.S. taxpayers $134 billion to date. According to an Oil Supply Guarantee, which former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger provided Israel in 1975, Israel gets 'first call' on any oil available to the U.S. if Israel's oil supply is stopped.

Stauffer's $3 trillion figure is conservative as it does not include the increased costs incurred during the year-long buildup to the recent war against Iraq in which Israel played a significant, albeit covert, role. The higher oil prices that occurred as a result of the Anglo-American campaign against Iraq were absorbed by the consumers. The increase in oil prices provided a huge bonus for the leading oil companies such as British Petroleum and Shell, who are major oil producers as well as retailers. The major international oil companies recorded record profits for the first quarter of 2003.

The Washington Report seeks to "provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states." The monthly journal is known for keeping close tabs on the amount of U.S. taxpayer money that goes to Israel and how much pro-Israel money flows back to Members of Congress in the form of campaign aid.

The journal's website,, has an up-to-date counter at the top :

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Post time 2005-5-24 21:32:39 |Display all floors

This is near $500,000 for EACH Israeli man woman and child.Asssuming a 5 million

Meanwhile  a jewish guy comments on the Israel the USA is pouring money into.

By CALEV BEN-DAVID, Jerusalem Post,

How is Israel a festering Hellhole? Let me count the ways ... ]
Snap Judgment: Where have you gone, Meyer Lansky?,
By CALEV BEN-DAVID, Jerusalem Post, Decmber 16, 2004
"[T]he days when the Israeli public could complacently look on underworld doings as real-life Sopranos-style tabloid entertainment are long gone. The power and threat of local organized crime has skyrocketed during the past decade. The horrific bombing attempt in Tel Aviv last week on the life of mob boss Ze'ev Rosenstein that instead claimed three innocent lives is being described by police Insp.-Gen. Shlomo Aharonishky as "a turning point in the police's attitude toward crime and criminals." One has to wonder though, why that point wasn't reached after the previous incidents of gang warfare this year that left an additional seven bystanders lying dead in the streets. Perhaps it is understandable, as some have argued, that the police (and public's) focus on the threat of terrorism has distracted them from the growing menace of organized crime. If so, it's a grievous mistake. The two phenomena are in fact closely connected. There are direct links between the Israeli and Palestinian underworlds. It is well known that the tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border used to smuggle weapons into the hands of terrorists are also conduits for narcotics and the prostitutes who ply their trade in Israel's growing number of brothels. Israeli criminals who continue to enter Palestinian areas shunned by law-abiding citizens have also been found to abet ?and occasionally fall victim to ?terrorist acts. The linkage between political terrorism and organized crime, seen elsewhere around the globe in such trouble spots as Columbia, Chechnya, and Northern Ireland, has proved potent enough to destabilize entire societies. Beyond the direct threat of violence, and perhaps even more dangerous, has been the institutional corruption that accompanies such large-scale vice rings. In recent years there has been growing concern that the hugely powerful and wealthy organized crime rings that crawled out from under the wreckage of the former Soviet Union might be infiltrating Israel along with the massive wave of Russian aliya. Perhaps the emphasis given this possibility led the police and justice system to underestimate the flourishing of more home-grown gangs. If so, the rampant corruption that accompanied last year's Likud Knesset candidate elections, in which mob-connected figures like the Alperons succeeded in gaining control over entire local branches of the party, should have sent up red warning-flags long before last week's bombing. Even more worrying is the increasing influence of a gambling industry, both legal and otherwise, whose web of ties stretch from the Palestinian Authority-controlled casino in Jericho, to gaming houses in Eastern Europe controlled by Israeli families able to buy a Knesset seat for one of their members, and perhaps even into the prime minister's office itself ... And if the police, courts and government don't act hard and fast, the likes of [famous Jewish American crime syndicate head Meyer] Lansky and even Shmaya Angel will look like nothing in comparison to the reign of crime heading our way."

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Post time 2005-5-25 15:02:33 |Display all floors

$3,000,000,000,000* would solve many USA problems and I don't need any of it

But I am a nazi for mentioning it.? Now who is a little Zionist then?

* It is now  probably near $4,000,000,000,000 and when I get an accurate estimate I will let you know Zionists and others alike

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Post time 2005-5-25 18:16:50 |Display all floors

Squander the money ...won't send the money south of the Equator 1/2 half the glo

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Post time 2005-5-25 20:34:10 |Display all floors

right broken _heart

The figure is an incredible pointer to the control Israel has over the USA. This sort of money would GIVE $3000 EACH TO A BILLION PEOPLE* or $1000 to 3 billion people--------Those needing it , south of the equator as you said. I mentioned the USA needy ( and there are quite a lot) just to catch the eye of any Americans who may be interested.

* Or put another way $1500 TO EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD IN CHINA.

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Post time 2005-5-26 15:12:52 |Display all floors


Fantastic? work it out------3 trillion divided by the Israeli population of 5 million==================$500,000

Many tanks USA

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Post time 2005-5-28 20:43:39 |Display all floors

Many tanks?

And F16s and Nukes (paid for by the USA) and American technology (there are reasons to suspect Israel has direct contact with most USA technology despite the jailing of an Israeli spy recently.*

* Proof?  Don't make me laugh

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