A BREAKDOWN OF UNITED STATES AID TO ISRAEL Financial Aid The Israeli government is the largest recipient of US financial aid in the world, receiving over one-third of total US aid to foreign countries4, even though Israelâs population comprises just .001% of the worldâs population and has one the worldâs higher per capita incomes. Since 1949 the US has given Israel a total of $84,854,827,200. The interest costs born by US taxpayers on behalf of Israel are $49,937,000,000 â making the total amount of aid given to Israel since 1949 $134,791,507,200 (more than $134 billion). An increasing number of Israelis are pointing out that these funds are not in Israel's best interest. Moreover, for every dollar the U.S. sends in arms aid, Israel must spend two to three dollars to train people to use the weaponry, to buy parts, and in other ways make use of the aid. Even "main-stream Israeli economists are saying it is very harmful to the country's future. Most Israeli generals believe this aid is "little more than an American subsidy to U.S. arms manufacturers," considering that the majority of military aid to Israel is used to buy weapons from the U.S. Moreover, arms to Israel create more demand for weaponry in Arab states. Thus the Israelis announced back in 1991 that they supported the idea of a freeze in Middle East arms transfers, yet it was the United States that rejected it. When Israel considered acquiring Russian-made Kamov fighter helicopters and European-made Airbus transport planes for reconnaissance purposes rather than U.S.-made aircraft .The U.S. departments of State and Defense had frozen the usual procurement procedures Israel follows for military equipment which it receives under the terms of its military aid package from the United States. The Israeli air force wants to use some of the funding to acquire civilian Boeing or Gulfstream aircraft and fit them with electronic reconnaissance equipment the Americans vetoed it. The Aerospace Industry Association which promotes these massive arms shipment is even more influential. This association has given two times more money to campaigns than all of the pro-Israel groups combined. Its force on Capitol Hill, in terms of lobbying, surpasses that of even AIPAC. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the U.S. military industry have a deep interest in maintaining some aviation lines, even if only a few planes a year are produced. Thus, the general thrust of U.S. policy would be pretty much the same even if AIPAC didn't exist.