Over half of US military assistance goes to Israel: US government report

On August 1, 2014, Congress approved a measure to deliver an additional $225 million in aid to Israel, with the aim of replenishing funds for the Iron Dome missile system. (AFP photo)

The US government provided $5.9 billion in foreign military assistance last year from American taxpayers’ money, according to a new report by the US State Department.

Israel with $3.1 billion, and Egypt with $1.3 billion, received about 75 percent of all US foreign military aid handed out by Washington in 2014, according to the government's Foreign Assistance report.

Iraq and Jordan with $300 million and Pakistan with $280 million were next largest recipients of foreign military financing.

The $5.9 billion for military funding represents 17 percent of the roughly $35 billion the US spent on total foreign aid last year, according to the report.

Israel and Egypt were also the largest recipients of US economic aid with $3.1 billion and $1.5 billion respectively.

Afghanistan received $1.1 billion, Jordan $1 billion and Pakistan $933 million.

Despite Israel’s procurement of $6.2 billion in total annual aid from the US, the Zionist regime is seeking a new 10-year agreement worth $5 billion in annual military aid with Washington.

This is a significant increase from the $3.1 billion it has received yearly since a 2007 agreement with the George W. Bush administration that expires in 2017.

The aid package is separate from the annual US funding of nearly $500 million which is spent on Israel’s missile programs in recent years. It is also on top of US warfare equipment held in Israel, valued at $1.2 billion.

US military assistance to Israel has amounted to $124.3 billion since it began in 1962, according to a recent congressional report.

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