Some things never change:

U.S. President Barack Obama will not cut the billions of dollars in military aid promised to Israel, a senior U.S. administration official said Wednesday. The $30 billion in aid promised to Israel over the next decade will not be harmed by the world financial crisis, the official told Israel Radio. He spoke on condition of anonymity.

The military aid is an increase from the recent past and was agreed to by Bush in 2007. Close to $1 billion will also go to rebuilding the wreckage in Gaza caused in part by armaments paid for by ... the US! Quite a racket when you come to think about it. But there's a condition on that money:

Some $900 million pledged by the United States to the Palestinians will be withdrawn if the expected Palestinian Authority coalition government between Fatah and Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist, Western and Israeli diplomats said Wednesday.

How does this compare to the military aid we give to other allies? Say, Turkey?

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