American and Israeli government officials signed an agreement Wednesday that locks in the largest-ever package of U.S. military aid — $38 billion over the next decade — to Israel. This includes funds for missile defense systems, including the noted Iron Dome, that will protect against rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah and other terrorist groups.
While this long-term aid agreement is worthy of applause, American taxpayers should be alarmed that the very same terrorist attacks on Israel are also being financed with American taxpayer dollars. According to a 2015 Congressional Research Service report, the Palestinians are among the largest recipients of international aid, with the U.S. contributing more than $5 billion in security assistance and bilateral economic aid since the mid-1990s.
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