The recent military deal between the United States and Israel is meaningless in that it will return to America’s pockets in exchange for more weapons that will be used against Palestinians, says E. Michael Jones, a political analyst in Indiana.
Based on the deal, which was signed on Wednesday, the Israeli regime will receive $3.3 billion per year from 2019 to 2028 — up from $3.1 billion per year currently – along with $500,000 per year in funding for missiles.
“The money goes right back to the United States because it all going to be used to purchase military hardware,” Jones, the editor of the Culture Wars Magazine, told Press TV on Wednesday.
According to the analyst, the increase in the annual aid was part of Washington’s efforts to “placate” the Tel Aviv regime following the landmark nuclear deal that was struck between Iran and the P5+1 nations—the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany—earlier this year.
“In order to placate [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and his government… and make the nuclear deal palatable to them, they increased the aid to Israel,” Jones said of American officials.
“The real issue here is it is meaningless, it is a totally meaningless gesture other than the burden that it places on the United States taxpayer,” he argued.
Jones said Israel is not at war at the moment and the new military equipment that it is slated to purchase will only be used against the Palestinian people.
“The use that Israel makes of this military hardware is to basically attack defenseless people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,” he added. “You don’t need sophisticated military hardware to attack children who are throwing rocks at tanks.”
“So, it is one of those in essence meaningless gestures to placate the Israel lobby in the United States,” he concluded.
Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II. America’s military assistance to Israel has amounted to $124.3 billion since it began in 1962, according to a recent congressional report.