US Aid for Israel – A Historical Overview

30 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2014 Last revised: 8 Sep 2016

Date Written: March 3, 2014


Historical data on US aid to Israel illustrates incentives of political leaders and special interests, first and foremost in Israel. As on the early stages of Alliance Israel military capabilities could provide valuable services to USA, undermining USSR influence in the Middle East, the current relations are hard to explain by mutual national interests.

The paper focus on the political actors' personal incentives, provides explanation for growing exploitation of US Aid by the special interests in Israel, while significance of the aid is approaching to insignificant level and contributes negatively to the country Defense capacity because of political conditionality imposed.

The data presented could support a new vision of US-Israel alliance: ceasing of the US Aid programs for Middle East could contribute both countries Defense needs.

Keywords: Political conditionality, Special interests, Political leverage

JEL Classification: D74, D78, D72, F35

Suggested Citation

Yanovskiy, Konstantin, US Aid for Israel – A Historical Overview (March 3, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Konstantin Yanovskiy (Contact Author)

Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy ( email )

Gazetny pereulok, 3-5
Moscow, 125993

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