As Salamu 'Alaykum, Recently I had a discussion with one of my neighbors concerning Palestine and Israel. He made the statement that Israel has "owned" the land that is now Israel and Palestine for over three thousand years. I told him that I didn't think that was correct, but would research it; however, regardless of whether that "fact" was correct or not, I don't like my taxes going to support Israel when children in West Africa are urinating blood because of impurities in their drinking water. I will post the results of my search here. However, here are facts concerning The United State's AID to Israel. If I read it correctly The USA has given Israel over 106 BILLION DOLLARS since 1949! And, my understanding is Israel doesn't have to account for any of its' spending. Ariel Sharon once shouted at Peres: "Don't worry about American pressure, we the Jewish people control America!"