As such,Israel simply does not need U.S. foreign aid. The most recent remarks of the former U.S. Secretary of Defense should be heeded as a clarion call for Israel to finally sever, or at least greatly modify, the ties that bind Washington and Jerusalem.
An Israeli government independent of U.S.aid would be forced to reduce the public sector in size, through defense budget cuts, restructuring and increased efficiency in other frameworks.
Ultimately, all continued reliance on the United States has done is stifle Israel’s ability to realize its full potential.
About the Author: Gidon Ben-Zvi is an accomplished writer who left behind Hollywood starlight for Jerusalem stone. He maintains a blog, Jerusalem State of Mind. As a ‘returning resident’ to Israel, Gidon has vivid memories of playing hooky from Rene Cassin High School while strolling through Ammunition Hill. After serving in an IDF infantry unit for two-and-a-half years, Gidon returned to the United States, where he embarked on a twelve-year run of half-baked careers and wholly misguided educational pursuits.
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