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US Senate Quietly Approves $38 Billion for Israel Amid Historic Economic Downturn

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signs a proclamation formally recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights Monday, March 25, 2019, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) Date: 25 March 2019 Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/47413884972/in/photostream/ Author: Shealah Craighead

S.3176 was passed without being named, debated, or even discussed, even though it would set into law the largest such aid package in US history.

This article was originally published at IAK and Mintpress News on May 22nd

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee quietly passed a bill yesterday to give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next ten years despite the ongoing devastation to the U.S. economy caused by the coronavirus.

The bill – S.3176 –  will now go before the full Senate. Since the legislation has already been passed by the House of Representatives, if the Senate passes the bill, it will then go to the president to be signed into law.

The bill was passed by the committee under two unusual circumstances and with almost no public awareness.

First, Senate Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) refused to allow a live stream of the meeting, despite the fact that the Senate Rules panel had recommended that extra efforts be taken to ensure public transparency while the Capitol is closed to the public and the presence of reporters is severely limited. The Senate’s Press Gallery Standing Committee of Correspondents had objected strongly to Risch’s decision.

Second, the bill was passed without being named, debated, or even discussed, even though it would set into law the largest such aid package in U.S. history. There has been no mention of the bill by most media in the United States.

The massive package is particularly noteworthy in light of the current devastation to the American taxpayers who will be footing the bill – over $10 million per day. In recent months approximately 30 million Americans have lost jobs, 100,000 small businesses have already closed forever, and over seven million are at risk of doing so.

The bill was voted on as part of a package of 15 bills that were voted on “en bloc” (all together).

After Senator Kaine said he didn’t know what the list contained, Risch responded: “I’m not trying to pull anything here… this was circulated among the staff.”

Risch then rapidly listed the numbers but did not give the titles. There was then a voice vote and the motion passed unanimously.

Democratic members of the committee had voiced strong objections to blocking a live stream of the meeting because of a different agenda item. After the meeting, Committee Ranking Member Robert Menendez (D-NJ) released a video of the meeting.

None, however, voiced any concern for giving a massive aid package to a country widely documented as a major violator of human rights.

Neither did any Democrats on the committee object to requiring American taxpayers to give Israel what amounts to over $7,000 per minute when many Americans are suffering catastrophic financial difficulties.

Democratic committee members MenendezBen CardinCory Booker, and Chris Coons, like many of the Republican members, are particularly known for being under the influence of AIPAC and the Israel lobby and receiving pro-Israel campaign donations. Many of the members are co-sponsors of the bill.

The bill, entitled “United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020,” expands and sets into law a memorandum of understanding agreement signed by the Obama administration with Israel in 2016. This agreement is nonbinding and not required by law. It also set the $38 billion as a ceiling.

The legislation just passed by the committee would make this disbursal legally required, and, in addition, it would make the $38 billion a floor rather than a ceiling. In other words, the amount of money could legally go even higher.

Given the power of the pro-Israel lobby, combined with the fact that U.S. media are not informing Americans of this use of their tax money, the likelihood is that U.S. money to Israel will go up in the future – possibly even this year.)

Most Americans say they feel the U.S. is giving Israel too much money. Israel has received more U.S. tax money than any other country – on average, about 7,000 times more per capita than others around the world.

The Council for the National Interest has posted a petition against this year’s installment, $3.8 billion. So far, it has been signed by close to 2,000 people.

Alison Weir is an author and activist.  Her book, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel is an Amazon best-seller and has been called a “must-read for all Americans.” Learn more about it here.

Alison Weir

Alison Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew, president of the Council for the National Interest, and author of Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel.


  1. Mark Stevens May 30, 2020

    What an extraordinary state of affairs – $38 billion nodded through like a thief in the night – and at a particularly stressful stage in the US economyAll of which merely confirms what any thinking person has known for years; the Zionists run America, as one of their earlier leaders boasted many years ago.
    Doubtless Jared Kushner- Trump’s Mossad minder – was hovering in the background, congratulating himself on another coup.
    With the increasing takeover of Britain by Zionist interests, we desperately need a similar organisation here in the UK ( “If the British Knew…”?) but I suspect that it’s already too late here.

  2. M. D. Block August 1, 2020

    Speaker Pelosi or Thief in Chief, a first generation American who has stolen our tax dollars for Israel for many years with the help of so many feckless members of congress who betray America for Israel.
    AIPAC, a Jewish lobby, threatens with money and media against those cowardly members of congress and the President who oppose it! It is truly sad to watch the pathetic, subservient, unpatriotic members of congress, mostly Italian/Irish Catholics, Cubans and Jews, all for whom and by whom our Democracy was not designed pander to Jews and Israel!
    A stated reason for the 9-11 Attack Is our ‘support for Israel,’ Of course now America is suffering an OxyContin Holocaust. THE FAMILY THAT BUILT AN EMPIRE OF PAIN” – THE SACKLER DYNASTY RUTHLESS MARKETING OF PAINKILLERS HAS GENERATED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND MILLIONS OF ADDICTS,
    Jews are to America what Hitler was to Jews. Jews are no less evil.
    America weeps!


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