Last year, the U.S. spent $35 billion providing 142 foreign countries with financial aid. Now you can see where most of the money went in a single map. The site HowMuch.net created an infographic that resizes each country based on how much U.S. aid it received. As you can see, with $3.1 billion, Israel received more than double the aid of any other country. As Market Watch notes, most of that was military spending. Other leaders included Egypt ($1.5 billion), Afghanistan ($1.1 billion), Jordan ($1 billion) and Pakistan ($933 million). Overall, global health programs received the biggest portion of foreign aid, with 24 percent. You can go here to see a full-size image of the map. Discuss
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise trip to Jerusalem this week, calling for peace after renewed violence has heightened tension in the region. In the last month, 10 Israelis and 43 Palestinians have been killed in the violence. Throughout parts of Israel, there have been knife attacks and stabbings targeting Israelis that have killed at least eight and injured 75 more. The U.N. head will meet with both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today, and during a press conference, he said he hopes his visit can help the two sides come together to end the violence. “My visit reflects the sense of global alarm at the dangerous escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians. I am here to encourage and support all efforts to lower tensions and prevent the situation from spinning out of control. It’s not too late to avoid a broader crisis.” The most recent clashes were sparked by disputes over access to a holy site that is significant to both Jews and Muslims. Discuss
In response to a wave of attacks on Jerusalem that a half-dozen people dead, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today that he will take “aggressive steps” to stop the violence.
"Today we will decide on a series of additional aggressive steps in our war against terrorists and inciters," Netanyahu said in a speech to parliament, reports AP. "We will use, and not hesitate to use, all means at our disposal to restore calm."
This has been the most recent in a long string of attacks in recent months. Check out the full video report over at the AP.Discuss
Benjamin Netanyahu has won his reelection campaign. Though the official results are not yet available, the standing Prime Minister has claimed victory, and his main rival, Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog, has conceded defeat. Netanyahu’s political party, the Likud Party, also earned 30 seats in the country’s parliament. Days before the election Netanyahu announced a change in his own position, stating that he would oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state ... Discuss
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress in a speech today that the U.S. should abandon a proposed deal with Iran because it could help the country possess nuclear weapons in the near future. The U.S. is part of a coalition of nations negotiating an agreement with Iran for the country to temporarily stop pursuing nuclear technology. The U.S. and several other nations are offering relief from economic sanctions if Iran complies. In his speech, Netanyahu said, "We've been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well this is a bad deal, a very bad deal." He claimed that the agreement “will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons, lots of them." Specifically, he warned, "Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal because all the restrictions would basically expire in about a decade.”
His speech was extremely controversial in Washington, because it was done at the invitation of Republican lawmakers, not the Democratic White House. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi refused to clap during several standing ovations and issued a blistering statement following the speech, calling it an "insult to the intelligence of the United States." Netanyahu thanked the U.S. for their support, and added, “I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political.” Throughout the speech, he underscored why he believed Iran remains an enemy of the U.S. and Israel, in hopes of preventing the proposed deal from moving forward. President Obama refused to meet Netanyahu out of concern that it would interfere with a coming meeting with officials from Iran. White House aids said that Obama did not plan on watching today’s speech on television ... Discuss