Jul 9, 2021
Many United States taxpayers were far from pleased after the bipartisan US House Appropriations Committee approved a $3.3 billion security assistance package to Israel at a time when so many Americans are struggling.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) celebrated on Twitter Friday, following the approval last week, thanking both the Democrat and Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee.
AIPAC declared that the “critical aid helps ensure our ally has the resources needed to defend itself by itself in the world’s most dangerous region.”
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved $3.3 billion in U.S. security assistance to Israel.
This critical aid helps ensure our ally has the resources needed to defend itself by itself in the world’s most dangerous region.
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) July 9, 2021
Despite AIPAC’s enthusiasm, many Americans on social media were not happy to see their tax money being shipped off to a country with one of the highest GDPs in the world.
— Michelle #QuestionEverything (seriously) 🌹 (@GratefulDog) July 9, 2021
What a waste of taxpayers money…
— Antor Rashid (@yeaitsantor) July 9, 2021
Others questioned why the money would not be going toward Americans and joked that the US “must be currently running at a surplus if we have all this money to give away” – a reference to the nation’s $28.5 trillion debt, which is currently on track to reach as high as $89 trillion by 2029, according to the US Debt Clock website.
“There are millions of people who are homeless, unemployed, suffer from trauma and have a multitude of issues that need to be taken care of first,” another person wrote.
Why aren't more Americans objecting this? There are millions of people who are homeless, unemployed, suffer from trauma and have a multitude of issues that need to be taken care of first
— Subaas Baig (@SubaasB) July 9, 2021
— Steven (@libertyhulk919) July 9, 2021
With 🇺🇸 debt approaching $30 trillion, we need to start rethinking our generosity toward our wealthy allies in the Middle East and Europe.
This is not sustainable. https://t.co/TBEQN7dzJN
— Kira DeSantis (@KiraSantis) July 9, 2021
Israel is the second-highest receiver of US foreign aid, behind only Afghanistan.
The aid was approved last week as part of the 2022 State and Foreign Operations bill, which also condemned perceived “anti-Israel bias” at the United Nations – which has launched investigations into alleged Israeli war crimes – and expressed concern over international boycott movements of Israel.
AIPAC declared last week that “the committee’s appropriation, with no added political conditions, reflects the strong bipartisan commitment for Israel’s security in Congress.”
Published at www.rt.com