Accession Number : ADA132040

Title :   Is US Aid to Israel Justified at the 1982 Levels?

Descriptive Note : Study project,


Personal Author(s) : McClendon,Robert P

PDF Url : ADA132040

Report Date : 07 Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : The basic question is whether or not US AID, including both Economic Support funding (ESF) and foreign Military Sales (FMS) as provided at 1982 levels is justified. Those areas examined in search of justification include Jewish cultural history and dynamics within the US, the historic US-Israel relationship, the record of the US Congress in supporting Israel, and some of the military and diplomatic activities of the Israeli nation. Data was gathered utilizing a literature search followed by interviews with past and present US federal government representatives including elected, appointed and staff personnel in various government branches. In addition to a government records review, both pro and con writings by Israeli citizens were also considered. It is concluded that while some aid to Israel is justified for various reasons, the current levels of support are out of proportion to the actual need. The primary reason Israel achieved this high level of US support appears to be the exceptionally well-organized and efficient US Jewish Diaspora. While the cohesiveness displayed and constituency pressure exercised are both admirable and legal, the end result is not necessarily in the best cause of this imbalance, so must it lead to the solution. Our elected officials hold the key but they must be directed by all they represent, not just the special interest groups. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Foreign aid, *Israel, United States Government, Foreign policy, Roles(Behavior), Congress, Ethnic groups

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE