102. Aid is Important

Medhat Credi's letter of June 18 [101], as usual is loaded with untruths and half-truths.

Of the $3.2 billion that Israel receives in American aid, 80 percent is spent in the United States. That means jobs for Americans and the money stays here.

As the unconventional weapons threat from radical Middle East states such as Syria, Iran and Libya grows, at a time when American global force projection capabilities are cut, our ability to deal effectively with regional crisis will continue to diminish. Reliance on our most reliable, capable and strategic ally, Israel, will become increasingly more important.

The Saudis have continued to reject prepositioning of weapons on their soil to avoid the circumstances of a six-month buildup of allied forces should a future crisis arise.

Israel welcomed it.

Congress knows that aid to Israel is the most cost-effective investment that the United States makes on behalf of its national interests. Sen. Dan Inouye, D-Hawaii, has been saying for years that for all the reasons listed plus the value of the military intelligence which is shared with the United States, when measured against the cost of our NATO allies at more than 40 times than the cost of aid to Israel, aid to Israel is our biggest bargain.

Arthur Canal

June 30, 1993

For a rebuttal see [103] and [104]