That Israel should hear, too (Israel)
Saudi Arabia is but one of the nations mentioned as recipients of U.S. arms deals. Israel stands to gain $30 billion in U.S. military aid.
It's speculated that the billions in U.S. military weaponry that would be sold to the Saudis, Egyptians and others in the Middle East is a sweetener to keep them quiet about the money given to Israel.
The question of why Israel needs more military aid ought to be explored.
The United Nations criticized Israel for the targeting of civilian areas with cluster bombs during the 2006 Lebanon War. Israel was justified in responding to Hezbollah rocket attacks on Israeli cities and towns, but not at the expense of the lives of non-combatants in Lebanon.
According to the July 3 edition of the Israeli newspaper Haaertz, "The cluster bombs constitute the No. 1 humanitarian problem facing Lebanon after the war, because many of the bomblets remain unexploded and have turned into makeshift mines, converting towns, villages and fields into undeclared minefields. Dozens of civilians, including many children, have been killed or maimed by unexploded bomblets in southern Lebanon since the cease-fire."
Israel launched as many as 4 million cluster bombs into Lebanon last year, according to the United Nations. Many of those landed in civilian areas, resulting in the deaths of 1,000 people, according to Amnesty International. The U.S. State Department has suggested that Israel violated its end of a U.S. arms deal by targeting civilians.
Those facts are enough to give the United States pause. Before giving away more aid, the Bush administration must be confident that Israel won't misuse the weaponry that it receives.