Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel once suggested that his government should wean itself off of foreign aid from the United States. Such a move would actually make the Jewish state stronger, he argued in a 1996 joint speech before Congress.
Now that the administrations of Barack Obama and Bibi Netanyahu are trashing one another in private it may be a good time to revisit foreign aid to one of America’s greatest allies–if only so that our anti-Israel president doesn’t use the relatively meager $3 billion as a cudgel to beat the thriving Middle Eastern democracy and economy.
The new war of words is prompting some commentators to suggest that the American-Israeli alliance might not be as strong as it once was.
Obama administration official: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickensh*t” http://t.co/ybbRWhy0qP
— HotAir.com (@hotairblog) October 28, 2014
Who'd he call "chickenshit?" pic.twitter.com/rmhA9mOkTO
— Jill Zangsten (@ItsJustJill) October 28, 2014
Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens even suggested a trial separation though fell short of calling for a reduction or elimination of foreign aid to Israel.
Israel and the U.S. need some time apart to figure out what, if anything, draws them together. My WSJ column: http://t.co/m3QHP3pJBh
— Bret Stephens (@StephensWSJ) October 28, 2014
The timing of this latest row is interesting.
The latest disagreement may force a reappraisal of the $3 billion the U.S. annually sends in foreign aid to Israel.
Senator Rand Paul got into hot water in August 2013 when he suggested that we wind down foreign aid to other countries, including Israel.
Rand Paul Gets Defensive on Foreign Aid: I've Never 'Targeted' Israel http://t.co/3PazbIMEWs (VIDEO)
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) August 5, 2014