By Ted Belman
Those of us who follow the ME closely are aware that the US gives $2.3 billion in military aid to Israel and 1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt, annually.
We are also somewhat aware that the US committed to doing so as an inducement to Egypt to oust the Russians and make peace with Israel and an inducement to Israel to return the Sinai to Egypt notwithstanding its strategic and economic value to Israel.
Over the years we wondered why the US continued to build up the Egyptian military when they had no enemies to defend against. We worried that Israel was the only potential target.
Claire Berlinski wrote her doctoral dissertation about the formation of American arms transfer policy toward the Arab-Israeli antagonists.
Apparently its roots are to be found in the Cold War and her 15 page answer can be downloaded here.
That aid would have better spent feeding the Egyptians rather than their military.