by Yoram Ettinger, Amb. (ret.)
The annual $3.8bn extended by the US to Israel (to purchase only US military systems) does not constitute “foreign aid.” It is an annual US investment.
In June 2016, Israel became the first country to use the highly-computerized F-35 operationally. Israel soon became successful in solving initial glitches that caused concern among prospective buyers.
The scores of Israeli solutions to the F-35 glitches – in the areas of data gathering and processing, electronic warfare and firing control accuracy - have been shared with the US manufacturer and the US Air Force, sustaining the F-35 superiority over its global competition.
Similar mega-billion-dollar benefits to the US economy and defense have been generated by the hundreds of Israeli solutions and add-ons, which have upgraded the performance of the technologically less-challenging F-16 (Lockheed-Martin) and F-15 (Boeing).
Moreover, some 250 commercial US high-tech giants (e.g., John Deere, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Texas Instruments, Intel, Nvidia, General Motors, Microsoft, AT&T, IBM, Dell, Google, Facebook, Intuit, etc.) have established research and development centers in Israel, leveraging Israel’s brain power and innovative spirit, in order to sustain their global lead, yielding a consequential increase in global sales.
Israel’s battle experience has been shared with the US, saving American lives by serving as a basis for the formulation of US air force and ground force battle tactics, enhancing military medicine, as well as training US soldiers in urban warfare and facing car bombs, suicide bombers and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Israel shares with the US more intelligence than is shared with the US by all NATO countries combined. The scope of Israeli intelligence gained by the US is equal to the output of five CIAs (the annual budget of one CIA is almost $15bn).
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Enemies of Israel and international Jew-haters, be it Arabs/Muslims or traditional European and American anti-Semites, do not even bother to engage in meaningful and factual debate with Israel. Facts are meaningless to them, so they resort to slander only. They say, “poor Palestinians”, knowing (they are not stupid) that before 1964 there was no such nation or country, and that most leaders of so-called Palestinians are not poor, thanks to generosity of international anti-Semites in the UN. They accuse Israel of violating international laws, but never say which ones.
After Ben-Gvir said that his family's life in the West Bank trumps Arabs' freedom of movement, the United States responds: “We condemn all racist rhetoric as such messages are particularly damaging when amplified by those in leadership positions”. A State Department spokesperson stated, “We strongly condemn Minister Ben-Gvir’s inflammatory comments on the freedom of movement of Palestinian residents of the West Bank. “We condemn all racist rhetoric; as such messages are particularly damaging when amplified by those in leadership positions and are incongruent with advancing respect for human rights for all.” Netanyahu said that National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir meant that Jews have a right to life. “Israel allows maximum freedom of movement in Judea and Samaria for both Israelis and Palestinians. Unfortunately, Palestinian terrorists take advantage of this freedom of movement to murder Israeli women, children and families by ambushing them," the prime minister said. (When will the US condemn the PA’s rhetoric? That’s a rhetorical question – Most likely, never!)
Two Palestinians were killed in a “work accident” explosion at a Hamas facility in a residential area of Deir Balah in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday. The Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, acknowledged that Ashraf Hussein was killed in what the group described as an “accidental explosion”. Hamas has a number of training sites and underground facilities used for manufacturing weapons and storing raw rocket material.
At the height of a terror wave, the IDF is forced to cancel terrorists' arrests due to lack of space in prison facilities. In recent years there has been a substantial rise in the number of orders for administrative detentions: While in 2021, there were around 450 administrative detentions, in 2022 the number rose to more than 900. So far, in 2023 more than 500 terrorists have been arrested.
The Biden administration told the Israeli government last week that it would have to make significant concessions to the Palestinian Authority as part of any possible mega-deal with Saudi Arabia that includes normalization between the kingdom and Israel. (Most likely, Saudi Arabia does not really care about fake Palestinians, but anti-Semites in the White House do!)
This year, Israel has seen the most terrorist attacks since the second Intifada. Since the beginning of 2023, 34 Israelis have been murdered in terrorist attacks, while "the total for 2022 was 33. "The number of alerts is at a peak and stands at about 200 a day. And all this after the IDF committed the largest number of forces in Judea and Samaria since 2005 for Operation Home and Garden," said military correspondent Yossi Yehoshua.
Four Druze men were shot dead in Abu Snan, an Arab town in western Galilee, bringing the number of Arabs killed in crime-related incidents in Israel in 2023 to 156. Three of them are members of the Saab family. Victim Ghazi Saab was running for president of his local council, and that he denounced the rise of violent crime in the Arab sector. “The crime and acts of violence in our villages have exceeded all limits and we can no longer remain silent about them,” Saab wrote. “Enough of the violence. We are very saddened by what is happening in our beloved country (Israel).”
The US Marines will purchase Iron Dome batteries from Israel, obtaining the advanced anti-missile system that the Jewish State has used to protect civilian areas from barrages of rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists. Deal will include three Iron Dome batteries, with 44 launchers and 1,840 Tamir interceptor missiles. The Iron Dome batteries are intended to contend with cruise missiles, but are capable of taking out UAVs and rockets.
Israel’s Population Authority has appealed to the Jerusalem District Court asking to annul a ruling that declared a Muslim as a Jew. During his conversion process, the man divorced his PA Arab wife, but it turned out that on the day of his declaration as a Jew, he approached the Islamic Sharia court and remarried his ex-wife. A few days later, he changed his registration with the Population Authority and began the process of regulating the status of his Muslim wife as an Israeli citizen. (Islamic law, Taquiah, allows to lie to infidels.)
Quotes of the Week:
"Hard is starting this country being surrounded by people who hated you. Hard is figuring out how to do drop irrigation so you can start growing your own products. Hard is building and being not only a start-up nation, but now leading a number of start-ups you're seeing across the globe. Don’t stop believing, Israel. That is the potent secret weapon. All of you who are start-ups, you believed in something. The original start-ups were your parents and grandparents, they believed in something. Israel is a unicorn because of them. Don’t abandon what they built.” - Eric Adams, NYC Mayor
by David Israel
Rabbi Leo Dee, who tragically lost his wife Lucy, and daughters Rina and Maia, four months ago, commented on the murder of Batsheva Nigiri HY’D (Mother of 3, Batsheva Nigri HY’D murdered by Arab terrorists near Beit Hagai):
She was the kindergarten teacher of the kids of some of my close friends in Efrat and, according to everyone who knew her, a giving lady with a wonderful heart.
The murder was carried out by Fatah, the army of the Palestinian Authority. The PA is the funder of 70% of terror attacks that go on in Judea and Samaria, including the attack that killed my wife and two daughters four months ago.
World governments are funding the PA to the tune of $1.2 billion per year - the same PA that educates children to murder Jews through textbooks and terror training summer camps, the same PA that pays more than $300 million annually to families of terrorists to encourage the next round of attacks.
Additionally, the Israeli army protects the PA from its own people, whom it abuses, because Israeli leaders (of both coalition and opposition delusionally) claim this leads to “stability and security”.
It no more leads to security and stability than backing Iran and other Arab countries to develop nuclear weapons, the current US Administration’s apparent “stabilizing”; policy for the Middle East.
In the Palestinian economy, more than 200,000 Palestinians come into Israeli towns every day and earn more than 70 percent of the PA’s GDP. When will Israel and the world see that they are the authors of our own nightmare and stop backing the terrorists who are killing our best citizens day in and day out? This lunacy has to stop, and it has to stop now. (If Israel cut the 'blood supply' to the terror-supporting, Jew/Israel-hating enemy population, it will force them to leave Jewish land, find jobs and settle somewhere else. There are 22 Arab countries they can move to. Without support from those ‘nice’ Palestinians Fatah, Hamas and many other terrorist organisations would not exist!)