U.S. Backing for "Operation Protective Edge"

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, July 29, 2014

Budgeted ahead of time by the Israeli legislative committee, monies for “Operation Protective Edge,” amounted to an estimated $880 million.

That's less than 30% of the direct foreign assistance provided to Israel annually by the United States.

That amounts to approximately $121,128 per Palestinian killed or wounded so far. (Or $852,713 for every Palestinian killed.)

According to Haaretz newspaper, on July 14 an IMF spokesman revealed that the IMF “expected the Israeli economy to recovery quickly from the fighting but warned that the Gaza Strip would require substantial donor aid for reconstruction.”

The loan guarantee deal between the U.S. and Israel is currently at $4 billion.