Conflict in the Gaza Strip, who supports Israel and who Hamas? The major funders of the war

Elizabeth Smith

Are there states that send military aid to Israel and Hamas or states that have decided to do so now, after the outbreak of war?

The answer to this question is yes. And one of the main financiers of the Israeli state is among the most powerful nations in the world.

War in Israel triggers military aid: all major financiers

It is known to many that among Israel’s main financiers is the United States of America. The reasons are not only economic, but also political.

Economic and civil-military cooperation agreements did not come into being as a result of the outbreak of war, but have existed since the creation of the State of Israel.

Israel is considered a Western bulwark in the Middle East. And for that reason is a strategic ally of countries such as the U.S. and more generally of the so-called Western Bloc.

Since 1951, the U.S. has spent about $260 billion in military aid to Israel. Partly to prevent nations such as Iran or their allies’ rivals from undermining Israel’s political stability.

The U.S. economic-military support has enabled Israel to create an excellent military and a state-of-the-art missile protection system.

After the attacks by Hamas departed from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, the U.S. will almost certainly increase its spending to support the Tel Aviv government militarily.

No other nations are known to support Israel economically and militarily. But in all likelihood, should the need arise, just as it did for Ukraine, the Western Bloc countries could put their national resources to work to help the Middle Eastern nation.

Hamas supporters

The discussion becomes thornier when referring to military aid to Hamas. Unlike Israel, Hamas is a political and paramilitary organization that occupies the Gaza Strip. Many nations considers it a terrorist organization.

Most likely one of Hamas’ main financiers could be Iran as it has found in the Palestinian organization a common enemy-Israel.

Israel and Western countries also fear that the Lebanese political party and organization Hezbollah. Which has already claimed attacks in the northern part of the Holy Land, may be behind the funding.

Some states, although they have a deep animosity toward Israel, have never been too vocal about the events that have been terrorizing the world for almost a week.

The fear is that possible economic and military aid to Hamas could then bring down the chill on relations with Western nations.

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