Israel’s expanding military campaign against Gaza is already becoming a costly affair, prompting government officials to clamor for a raise in U.S. taxes to bankroll the bombing and ground offensive.
“The $3 billion a year we get from America is much appreciated,” an aide for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanahu said after a morning presser. “But do you have any idea how much all this stuff we’re dropping on Gaza costs?”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed Ryan’s sentiment. “U.S. taxpayers right now fund 21 percent of Israel’s military budget. I see no reason why we can’t bump that up to 25 percent so Israel can do whatever it needs.”
When challenged that such a tax increase would be inconsistent with the GOP’s current tax stance, Republicans bristled. “Look, raising taxes so Americans get stuff like healthcare is outrageous,” said Ryan. “But raising revenue for Israel? That’s not taxes. That’s tithing.”