The official, on-the-table U.S. aid to Israel --rarely, if at all, addressed in the mainstream media-- is $3,000,000,000 (40% economical and 60% Military) since 1984 and $2,500,000,000 since 1973. Add to that $1,271,000,000/yr for special gifts and programs subsidized by the U.S., such as the Arrow missile and the Lavi fighter, plus the loan guarantees of $10,000,000,000 over 5 years, plus the interest ($500,000,000/yr) the U.S. must pay on money borrowed to pay for the grants to Israel. The total for the five years (1993-1997) was around $6,300,000,000/year ($6.3 BILLION) or over $17 Million/DAY. This is more than what the U.S. spends on domestic drug enforcement. Respectively, the total U.S. foreign aid to the whole world (6 Billion people) is about $18 BILLION, so, the one thousandth (1/1000) of the world population living in Israel --with life expectancy higher than that of the U.S.-- gets one third of US aid. Also, in 1990 Israel GNP is $24 Billion, i.e. a quarter of Israel's income comes from the U.S. The Aid to Israel is in the form of loans, which are typically forgiven by the AIPAC-dominated congress. The above figures do not include: 1. the tax-deductible donations, mostly by American Jews and Christian Zionists, to Israel totalling over $1,000,000,000/year. 2. the lumps of money Israel usually demands from the U.S. upon each withdrawal from the occupied territories during the current Peace Process, (for example, Netanyahu is planning to ask the U.S. for about $1,200,000,000 for the 13% withdrawal of mid-1998, to cover costs). 3. Israel Bonds sold in the U.S. for $500,000,000/year 4. the $1,000,000,000/year U.S. commercial banks lend to Israel 5. the $2,100,000,000/year the U.S. rewards Egypt for signing peace with Israel 6. The fact that unlike other countries, Israel gets its US aid in one chunk at the beginning of the distribution year, instead of quarterly instalments. This allows Israel to further make interest on that money over other aid-receiving countries. (For source on the above see the Washington Report magazine and A & L Cockburn's Dangerous Liaison 1991). These figures are interesting considering that Israel has a life expectancy and infant mortality HIGHER than the United States'.