How many times have you heard about the vast sums of money that the U.S. ‘gives’ to Israel? Most people imagine that American taxpayer money is supplied to Israel to be spent in Israel for the benefit of Israelis. This is a canard that must be constantly refuted with facts.
The reality of course is that most of the money is never ‘given’ to Israel. It is paid directly to American companies and workers, thereby benefiting American communities and the American economy. This is accomplished under the auspices of the U.S. Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program.
For example, South Carolina companies received more than $1.5 million in 2010 for U.S. government-funded military contracts with Israel through the FMF program. One of the companies granted a contract was Woven Electronics, LLC in Simpsonville.
Simpsonville is a small South Carolina community near Greenville with a population of just over 18,000 people. With 250 employees, Woven Electronics is one of the main employers in the community, producing military, aerospace, and commercial applications. What Woven produces for Israel is not publicized.
So the next time you hear that the U.S. is “giving” money to Israel, remember the FMF program and Simpsonville, S.C.
In 2010, South Carolina exported almost $69 million worth of manufacturing goods to Israel last year, making Israel South Carolina’s 30th leading trade partner