Here is the official US response to your question
In November 2011, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro publicly reaffirmed the Obama Administrationís commitment to preserving Israelís aid and QME.
In his remarks, he stated:
But today, in these budget constrained timesósome are now asking the question why should we keep providing aid to Israel? Yes, Israel is a long time democratic ally and we share a
special bondóbut some skeptics are questioning whether thatís enough of a reason to continue to spend hard earned American tax payer dollars on Israelís security.
I can answer that skepticism directlyówe donít just support Israel because of a long standing bond, we support Israel because it is in our national interests to do so.
This aspect of our relationship with Israel is often overlooked.
Americaís commitment to Israelís security and prosperity
has extended over many decades because our leaders on both sides of the aisle have long understood that a robust United States-Israel security relationship is in our interests. Our
support for Israelís security helps preserve peace and stability in the region. If Israel were weaker, its enemies would be bolder. This would make broader conflict more likely, which would be catastrophic to American interests in the region.
It is the very strength of Israelís military which deters potential aggressors and helps foster peace and stability.
Ensuring Israelís military strength and its superiority in the region is therefore critical to regional stability and as a result is fundamentally a core interest of the United States.
To clarify. I have no gripe. You know better than to take questions personally. You gain nothing by doing so. I'll assume that the answers were first reactions to loaded questions. I see that based on your finding the official reason your first answers were reactionary and nothing more.
I ask the questions that many taxpayers ask themselves. Why are we spending money abroad when we have deep problems at home? You just reiterated this with the official US response. It's not just Israel, it's everywhere. You name it and we are spending cash. There always has to be a reason for giving money to other countries, whether it is a lot or a little.
You mentioned Iraq as the primary recipient of US aide and also stated that Israel is no longer top dog. In reality, it could be that we are simply spending more elsewhere, but the aide to israel has remained flat. I don't know the numbers, but I'm sure someone can google 'em. Maybe I'll google them later on just for good measure.
In your posting of Shapiro's response, you also answered the question believe it or not. I was looking for the last part of Shapiro's answer. "...Ensuring Israelís ... fundamentally a core interest of the United States ...". The rest of his answer was blah blah friends, allies, blah stability, blah democracy ... When in reality, it appears to come back to that one precious thing that we can't live without. Oil. Oil is the primary interest in the area for the US and Israel happens to be a place where we can defend those interest from. I don't think we care abut the people per say. It's that black gold.
Thanks for answering the question. This really is what I have been looking for.
I won't waste a lot of words with you other than to say that you really need to use links. If anyone wants to read about the prophet and his sword, they will click the link. Re-evalute your words. I have no desire to get into name calling or insults with you. Honestly, I'm not sure you can handle it if I play the game, but I won't.