Top 15 Countries that Get the Most Foreign Aid from US

Believe it or not, the first U.S. aid program developed long time ago. After the World War II, George Marshall sent a significant amount of financial aid to Europe in order to help it rebuild after the war. The U.S. foreign aid is always a hot topic with many wondering if America should be involved in the aid-giving business at all and what is the overall effect of its assistance. The common belief is that U.S. spends around 25% of the Federal budget on foreign aid. However, this is not true and the amount is actually only 1%, although the sums of money seem pretty large. Data for U.S. foreign aid by country in 2016 shows that the largest amount went to Israel ($3.10 billion) just as it was the case in 2015. 

Insider Monkey experts combined a list of top 15 countries that get the most foreign aid from the US. The list itself is very comprehensive and explains in what ways the US provides aid for the countries on the list. Foreign aid is not only financial, although it is the most common way of offering aid to countries in need. Sometimes, countries offer military aid and this is often the most controversial form. Military aid technically means enabling US allies to acquire American military equipment and training. A lot of conspiracy theories stem from this fact because there are people who believe that the US is actually arming the opposing side. However, according to the data published in the Insider Monkey's article, countries that receive most foreign aid from the US in form of military aid are those countries that need extra help in fighting terrorism. They are the common allies in fighting terrorism and foreign aid is very welcomed in strategically important and endangered areas. In any case, America is on the top of the list of countries that give most foreign aid to other countries. 

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