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:
Iâ€™m not singling out Israel. I support Israel. I want to be known as a friend of Israel, but not with money you donâ€™t have…We canâ€™t just borrow from our kidsâ€™ future and give it to countries, even if they are our friends…I think theyâ€™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 donâ€™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 Americaâ€™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.