US Financial Assistance to Israel
Quite often I have received from all sorts of anti-Israel campaigners messages that the United States must stop giving aid to Israel and that Israel must show greater appreciation for this help. I have addressed this issue before, but here are some thoughts:
1. With regard to foreign aid to Israel, the reason that $3.0 billion was agreed upon back in 1979 was that Israel abandoned its oil wells in the Sinai which equated to $3.0 billion in oil production per year at $8-10 a barrel of oil. How much would it be in today's market?
2. Egypt has been receiving a similar financial assistance package from the US since getting control of the Sinai, by just signing a worthless piece of paper at Camp David, and has done nothing to promote peace with Israel since than. Does anyone make any noise to say that the US must stop its aid to Egypt? Has Egypt said "thank you" to the good old USA?
3. What about Saudi Arabia, which symbolically receives a few million dollars of US aid? If I remember correctly, the citizens of both countries delivered their 'thank you notes' to the United States on September 11! (Please see below for more about US-Israel 'friendship')
Helping US Economy. The Israeli Defense Ministry submitted an official request to the Pentagon, asking to purchase a squadron of F-35 stealth-enabled Joint Strike Fighters (JSF). Each plane is estimated to cost between $70-80 million. In addition to the 25 planes, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the Defense Ministry also asked for an option to purchase 50 more. Already in September, the IDF announced its intention to purchase up to 100 JSF fighter jets over the next decade. (Pretence that the ‘Peace process’ exists helps the US economy and allows US aid to ‘come back’. More arms sold to Israel and to Arab states in exchange for oil!)
Spy Deal with Hezbollah but not the USA. A prisoner convicted of spying for Hezbollah, a Lebanese-born Israeli citizen, was released to Lebanon, after 6 years, by Israel as the terrorist organisation handed over what it said were the remains of dead Israeli soldiers who fell in the Lebanon War two years ago. (For 22 years Jonathan Pollard has been kept in prison. Even Soviet spies spent less time in US jails. ‘The Master’ – the USA, is teaching the ‘Slave’ – Israel, who is boss!)
The Same Hypocritical Game. The US State Department is playing down the significance of a speech by PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas calling for unity with Hamas.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Twisted Logic of Hypocrisy: In 1948 seven Muslim countries declared war against Israel. Leaders of the non-Jewish population of Palestine ordered their populace to leave Israel to make it easy for advancing Muslim forces to kill Jews. Now, after Israel won the War of Independence, the participants in this genocidal conspiracy call this victory al-Nakba or Catastrophe. They have been playing the victim game for 60 years and drawing sympathies towards the fake professional ‘Palestinian’ refugees. The international Jew-haters are only too happy to facilitate this hypocrisy!
Flip-Flopping Candidate! Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama qualified his support for a united Jerusalem last Thursday after Arabs voiced intense anger at this policy. Within 24 hours, he backtracked and declared. "Well, obviously, it's going to be up to the parties to negotiate a range of these issues. And Jerusalem will be part of those negotiations…”
Two Political Stooges are Playing Jewish Card. Hillary Rodham Clinton assured thousands of AIPAC activists that Barack Obama will be "a good friend to Israel." (But can we trust her opinion? The memory of her anti-Israel stand as first lady is still fresh!)
Barking Dogs. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Father Desmond Tutu condemned the ongoing Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip as a "gross violation of human rights." (They did not mention the humanitarian aid, much of which is shipped at the same time as terrorists attack Israel and did not condemn rocket fire and terror attacks against Israel as human rights violations! Who is paying their bills?)
Bush is "off the hook". Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's political quicksand that may force him out of the office might turn out to be perfect timing to get American President George W. Bush "off the hook", foreign affairs correspondent Anne Gearan of Associated Press wrote. "If Israeli politics are in meltdown, that's certainly not the time to lock in an agreement that breaks new ground."
Quote of the Week:
“The Jews have come from the tragedy (of the Holocaust), and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge, not with their terror, with their work, not their crying and yelling. Humanity owes most of the discoveries and science of the 19th and 20th centuries to Jewish scientists. 15 million people, scattered throughout the world, united (not quite, unfortunately) and won their rights through work and knowledge. We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people. The Muslims have turned three Buddha statues into rubble. We have not seen a single Buddhist burn down a Mosque, kill a Muslim, or burn down an embassy. Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people, and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them.” – Dr. Wafa Sultan, a Syrian-born psychologies.
Beware of Enemy Praise. PA website Ma'an News published a rare tribute to an Israeli politician in the form of a eulogy to Yosef Lapid, leading Israeli secularist.
Brigitte Bardot Convicted for Anti-Muslim Hatred. A Paris court convicted internationally known former actress and current animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France. Bardot said France is "tired of being led by the nose by this population that is destroying us, destroying our country by imposing its acts." (Political correctness has become the tool of suppression of freedom of speech and democracy!)
Never Ending Story. In his interview in Dubai on June 2, president Bashar Assad raised his price for a ‘peace’ deal with Israel. The Golan, which Syria’s invading army lost to Israel in the 1967 war, is not enough any more. Assad is also demanding a strip of the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. (When will the self-hating Jews and Israeli politicians realize that anything short of the destruction of Israel will never be enough for our enemies?)
Iran-made Multiple Launch Rocket in Gaza. The newly smuggled weapon from Iran, of the type used by the Lebanese Hezbollah, carries an 8 kg payload, bigger than the Qassam missile with about a 9 km range, drastically escalates the Hamas-led war against the Israeli population. (This is Hamas ceasefire ‘goodwill gesture’!)
Arabs Teenage Weapon. A network of 25 Arab teens ages 11 to 18 was identified and its members arrested on charges of hurling firebombs at Israeli vehicles passing through the Jerusalem neighbourhoods. (Teenagers are used as a human shield and as a weapon by Hamas and Fatah, but Israel is blamed for human rights violations!)
Look Who is Talking. Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed again last Thursday that Israel did not appear to be serious about wanting to find a peace settlement, because the Jewish State is not ceding the Golan Heights. (Supporting Hezbollah and Hamas, plotting war with Iran against Israel are ‘gestures of peace’!)
Another Fake ‘non-Starter’. Syria rejected Israel’s demand that Damascus cut its ties with Iran and Arab militant groups as a condition for a peace agreement. “Damascus does not want preconditions, that would put the cart before the horse…” (At the same time Syria demands that Israel cedes the Golan Heights as a precondition to a negotiation of peace. It is always a one way street!)
Hypocrisy of the ‘Loaded’ Headlines:
“US: Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip has helped Hamas” - a senior US State Department official (The Jerusalem Post) - The ‘popularity’ of Hamas among the so-called Palestinians has nothing to do with the killing of the Jews! Didn’t they vote for Hamas before the blockade?
Another ‘Gesture’ of Betrayal. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak will retroactively approve illegal construction by Arabs in ten neighbourhoods in Judea and Samaria. The approvals are part of Israel's ‘gestures’ toward the Fatah/PA in Judea and Samaria
Unusual Praise from the UN. Israel had a rare moment of gratification at the UN when the country was singled out by the president of the General Assembly, Srgjan Kerim, for its success in combating world food crises. Israel was praised for advance in agricultural technologies that have helped increase agricultural output.
Weapons in Gaza Schoolyard. IDF soldiers found weapons buried in a schoolyard in the Gaza City of Sajaya last week. The weapons cache included a grenade launcher and anti-tank missiles.
Talking to the Dogs. A new technology is enabling Israeli prison guards to better interpret the warnings given by their dogs. The custom-built computer program enables jailers to better identify abnormal events, such as a struggle or a breakout. (Jews can learn to talk even with dogs. Arabs are completely different matter!)