by Paul Iddon
In response to lawmakers' complaints about the Biden administration, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant recently highlighted his country's decades-long dependence on the United States for its fighter aircraft.
At almost 400 fighters strong, Israel boasts the world's second-largest F-16 fleet, operating various types throughout the decades. In July, it ordered another 25 stealthy fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighters for $3 billion, bringing its fleet up to 75.
Israel can only sell second hand fighter aircraft to third countries with Washington's permission. Before Israel became a close American ally, it had relied on France for warplanes. Paris embargoed an Israeli order for 50 Mirage jets following the outbreak of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
Israel's Lavi fighter project courted controversy at home and abroad. The United States, which had invested in the project, opposed potential competition in the export market. American pressure had essentially robbed Israel of the opportunity to compete with American aerospace giants.
In 2010, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens argued that had Israel pushed ahead with the project, it "would be operating the world's most advanced fighter, upgraded over the years to incorporate operational experience and newer technology" instead of going "hat in hand" to the U.S. for F-35s costing approximately $150 million each. (Having good friends is nice, but it has never worked for Jews. Israel must establish its own political and military independence.)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Quite often, parties in the leading democracies – US, UK, Germany and Australia – formed governments, allected by the countries’ voters, with a minor majority of 1 or 2 votes in their parliament. This allows them to introduce and implement various laws. Israel is one of the most democratic states in the world, in spite of being under constant existential threat from neighbouring Arab/Muslim countries and terrorist attacks instigated by the Fatah/Hamas, Hizbollah, and other terrorist groups. The current government of Israel has a majority of 8 votes in the Knesset. Why do the international Jew-hating bigots think that they have the rights to dictate to the only Jewish state what laws it can or cannot adopt?
Saudi Arabia conveyed to the US and Israel that it is not interested in small steps on normalization, but rather in significant steps for all parties, and especially in the US commitments to the Saudis. Saudi Arabia has set three conditions for signing a normalization agreement with Israel - access to advanced American defense technology such as the THAAD missile system, the establishment of a defense alliance with the United States, and a green light to develop nuclear power for civilian purposes. Saudi officials have also repeatedly said that a Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital is a prerequisite for Saudi Arabia normalizing ties with Israel. (In the Middle East you are either friends or enemies. Allegiance of friendship are changed all the time.)
The David Sling Israeli air defense system is set to be sold to Finland for $345 million in the first sale of that system abroad. David’s Sling was developed as part of a joint program between the Israel Missile Defense Organization and the US Missile Defense Agency, with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems serving as the prime contractor. Rafael also makes the Iron Dome air defense system, which is for shorter range threats.
Alex Soros, son of George Soros, actor Mandy Patinkin, Randi Weingarten - president of the American Federation of Teachers Union, Jill Jacobs, who runs T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights organization and other progressive Jews are among those who signed a letter, under the aegis of Americans for Peace Now, urging US President Joe Biden to take ‘Decisive Action’ against Netanyahu.
Israel's Ambassador Erdan submitted a complaint against Lebanon to the UN Security Council, demanding that the Lebanese government and UNIFIL take immediate action against Hezbollah’s provocations at the border between Israel and Lebanon, which constitute a blatant violation of Security Council Resolution 1701. He also added, "Let me be clear: there is no 'right of return’ (for fake Palestinian refugees). You all know this. The demand of returning millions of descendants of refugees is a demand to obliterate the Jewish people’s right to self-determination, and this will never happen."
A message from the leaders of the coalition, regarding Basic Laws enacted by the Knesset as part of the judicial reform, states: "The court does not have the authority to invalidate Basic Laws, and it does not have the authority to determine that the Basic Law will enter into force at a later date." Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana said that the court does not have the authority to discuss Basic Laws - even though petitions have been filed against them.
Quotes of the Week:
"I think that any deal with Iran that doesn't set back Iran's nuclear infrastructure is basically not worth it because it means nothing. Israel will do what it needs to do to defend itself by itself against the threat of Iran to annihilate it with nuclear weapons." - Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister - The solution, though, is regime change in Iran, after moralising its nuclear program.
Terminology - Jewish Dictionary
by Steven Shamrak
Quite often Israel-bashers throw accusations and use terminology without any interest for the facts. It is done deliberately in order to create a perception of impropriety committed by the Jewish state.
At the same time, they knowingly ignore: the obvious human right violations, abuse of women, slavery and so on, committed by the Palestinian Authority and by many other Muslim countries. These issues are not questioned or scrutinised by the international press and Jew-haters.
Here are some examples of obscure terminology these hypocrites have been using to muddle the issues of the Arab-Israel conflict. I hope that ‘Jewish dictionary’ clarifications will bring a better understanding of the obscure terminology:
Confiscation of Arab land - This is Jewish land. The Government of Israel is in its right to appropriate the land in the interest of national security or to accommodate the need for development.
House demolition - Arabs have been building thousands of illegal houses in Israel and disputed territories. The Arabs must not be exempted from construction and property laws. Many countries used demolition as a common practice of deterrent or punishment.
Targeted killings - Arab terrorists want to be rewarded by 72 virgins and to sit next to Mohamed at the table in heaven facing Allah. The Israeli army just facilitates their desire. It is better to target and kill terrorists than let innocent people die!
Building Jewish settlements - It is the right of Jewish people to live on the Jewish land of their ancestors! For the moment, at least on paper, Israel is still an independent state.
Administrative detention - It would be preferable to transfer the Arab terrorists and their extended families to Arab states as an anti-terror deterrent. But 'the world' would make too much noise if Israel did it!
Torture - If it is done, it would be for the sake of saving lives, when the time factor is imperative. Israeli security prevents 9 out of 10 terrorist attacks, including random drive-by shootings, kidnappings and suicide bombings! But Arab terrorists behead and kill people for pleasure!
Relative calm - It is used as a sinister attempt to cover up the daily barrage of shells and rockets from the Gaza, Judea and Samaria, and Lebanon. This relative calm is also used to cover up sniper attacks, drive-by shootings, knifings and suicide bombings in Israel! There is not a “Peace Process” in Israel. There is a preparation for another war!
Please, for a better understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict change your vocabulary and use the Jewish dictionary!