According to Rand Paul, Israel is a welfare recipient and it’s time to end (as is the money transferred to American arms industry via foreign aid). As Paul puts it:
I’m not singling out Israel. I support Israel. I want to be known as a friend of Israel, but not with money you don’t have…We can’t just borrow from our kids’ future and give it to countries, even if they are our friends…I think they’re an important ally, but I also think that their per capita income is greater than probably three-fourths of the rest of the world. Should we be giving free money or welfare to a wealthy nation? I don’t think so.
This reminds Muffti a bit of a paragraph in the report by Walt and Mearsheimer from a few years ago:
Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars.2 Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly oneâ€fifth of America’s foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.3 This largesse is especially striking when one realizes that Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capita income roughly equal to South Korea or Spain.