billboard initiated by the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs went up Sept.
10 on the Washington-Idaho state line and will be posted for one month,
countering an advertisement that calls for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.
The pro-Israel billboard on the border of the cities of Spokane (Washington) and Coeur d’Alene (Idaho), organized by StandWithUs in partnership with the Spokane Coalition for Israel, includes the text “America & Israel. Shared Values—Defending Freedom.” The anti-Israel ad, erected by Spokane Veterans for Peace (SVP), leaves out “context and pertinent facts,” StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said.
“The U.S.-Israel military agreement is for $3 billion per year, with 75 percent earmarked for defense contracts with American manufacturers, creating hundreds of thousands of American jobs across 47 states,” Rothstein said in a statement.
SVP’s ad also “ignores the fact that many countries receive U.S. aid, not just Israel,” according to Rothstein, who noted the $87 billion in aid that has gone to Jordan and Egypt since 1946 as well as “$250 billion a year for American soldiers to protect allies around the world such as Germany, Japan and South Korea.”