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US Senate Eyes 'Largest Aid Package' Ever for Israel Blessed by Obama

A US Senate Committee is poised to discuss a bill that will give Israel one of the largest aid package ever received.

The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which is going under scrutiny at the Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to expand military links between the two countries and provide Israel with aircraft and special munitions.

Reports also state that the bill will allow Israel to have access to pictures from US spy satellites and extend US loan guarantees to Israel until 2015. In return, Israel will open Israeli air space for US Force exercise.

Special munitions could include bunker-busting bombs. Israel has sought an air-refuelling capacity as a means to cover the distance to Iran in the case of a strike.

"This bill has received the blessing of the Obama administration, which sees it as a conciliatory gesture towards Israel in advance of the agreement with Iran, about which Israel has already begun to express reservations," a source told Globes Online, a website covering Israel business news.

It represents a significant addition to the $1 billion for the missile defence system Israel is developing with the US, the $3.1 billion in regular annual military aid and $70 million for procurement of Iron Dome rocket interception batteries.

A similar bill has already been passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month, despite the opposition of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, who called it "another piece of one-sided and counter-productive foreign policy legislation".

"This bill will not help the United States, it will not help Israel, and it will not help the Middle East," he addressed the House. "It will implicitly authorize much more US interventionism in the region at a time when we cannot afford the foreign commitments we already have. It more likely will lead to war against Syria, Iran, or both."

According to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, however, who sponsored the bill, the Cooperation Act "reaffirms Israel's right to defend itself against threats and puts Congress on the record about America's longstanding commitment to the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/344551/20120523/israel-ron...

How is propping up a country with arms and billions of dollars affirming it's right to defend itself? There's no 'itself' about that.




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Transfer of Wealth.

banksters & govts take from some to give to others. see
"It's payback time: don't expect sympathy" – Lagarde to Greeks -
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/25/payback-time-lag...

U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel

Here's a great report by the Congressional Research Service on U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33222.pdf

if they cross the red line

boycott them

The loan guarantees were over 16 billion a year 30 years ago

not sure what they are now.

Pretty outrageous our govt gives them our money since they are a very wealthy country?

The Jews are a great and very high functioning people -I have to think they dislike thier govt as much as we dislike ours -Netanyahoo is bizzacko and a corporatist crook for sure just like our predetermined candidates -what a sham

We badly need people of principal in govt as Ron states on a regular basis

Government is supposed to protect our freedom, our property, our privacy, not invade it. Ron Paul 2007

Governments Do not come from Outer Space

Governments come from the people. If the people are corrupt, the government is corrupt.

Israeli people are corrupt because they want American largesse.

American people are corrupt because 50% want largesse and the other 50% are too cowardly to resist the looting and they are taught to even cheer the looting by Isreal.

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+1 for the cheer - (last line above).

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"It more likely will lead to war against Syria, Iran, or both."

And that is what it's really all about.

Take away non profit status from AIPAC

and make it declare/register as a foreign agency. The IRS *supposedly* was doing this, but, well....you know how that goes.

Controversies

Former Senator William Fulbright, in the 1970s, and former senior CIA official Victor Marchetti, in the 1980s, contended that AIPAC should have registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).[30] FARA requires those who receive funds OR ACT ON BEHALF of a FOREIGN GOVERNMENT to register as a foreign agent. AIPAC founder Kenen was an employee of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs - hello!! Case closed.

Read this article "Americans Demand Justice Department Regulate AIPAC as Israeli Foreign Agent [Video, Documents]" about its predecessor AZPAC, formed by Kenen also. which was forced by the Justice Dept. to register as foreign agent in 1962. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/americans-demand-jus...

Wiki info on AZC and AZPAC has been totally whitewashed of the espionage allegations. Query on AZPAC just redirects you to AIPAC.

"The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs has estimated total aid since 1949 at approximately $108 billion." [as of 2006]

Steiner resignation

In 1992, AIPAC president David Steiner was forced to resign after he was recorded boasting about his political influence in obtaining aid for Israel. Steiner also claimed that he had

met with (then Bush U.S. Secretary of State) Jim Baker and I cut a deal with him. I got, besides the $3 billion, you know they're looking for the Jewish votes, and I'll tell him whatever he wants to hear ... Besides the $10 billion in loan guarantees which was a fabulous thing, $3 billion in foreign, in military aid, and I got almost a billion dollars in other goodies that people don't even know about.[34]

Steiner also claimed to be "negotiating" with the incoming Clinton administration over who Clinton would appoint as Secretary of State and Secretary of the National Security Agency. Steiner stated that AIPAC had "a dozen people in [the Clinton] campaign, in the headquarters... in Little Rock, and they're all going to get big jobs."[34]

NY real estate developer Haim Katz told The Washington Times that he taped the conversation because "as someone Jewish, I am concerned when a small group has a disproportionate power. I think that hurts everyone, including Jews. If David Steiner wants to talk about the incredible, disproportionate clout AIPAC has, the public should know about it."[35]
Allegations of spying for Israel
Main article: Lawrence Franklin espionage scandal

In April 2005, AIPAC policy director Steven Rosen and AIPAC senior Iran analyst Keith Weissman were fired by AIPAC amid an FBI investigation into whether they passed classified U.S. information received from Franklin on to the government of Israel. They were later indicted for illegally conspiring to gather and disclose classified national security information to Israel.[36][37] AIPAC agreed to pay the legal fees for Weissman's defense through appeal if necessary,[38] but charges were subsequently dropped.[39]

In May 2005, the Justice Department announced that Lawrence Anthony Franklin, a U.S. Air Force Reserves colonel working as a Department of Defense analyst at the Pentagon in the office of Douglas Feith, had been arrested and charged by the FBI with providing classified national defense information to Israel. The six-count criminal complaint identified AIPAC by name and described a luncheon meeting in which, allegedly, Franklin disclosed top-secret information to two AIPAC officials.[40][41]

Franklin pleaded guilty to passing government secrets to Rosen and Weissman and revealed for the first time that he also gave classified information directly to an Israeli government official in Washington. On January 20, 2006, he was sentenced to 151 months (almost 13 years) in prison and fined $10,000. As part of the plea agreement, Franklin agreed to cooperate in the larger federal investigation.[42][43] All charges against the former AIPAC employees were dropped in 2009.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIPAC#cite_note-26

RP R3VOLution

Gee,

giving them the money and the visas to come buy up our businesses.
Yikes!

http://news.ino.com/headlines/?newsid=6898586816775712

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Change the title to Senate eyes largest BRIBE to Israel,

Not to attack Iran before the election.

You know we give a crap load of money per capita to Israel.

Pull the plug on Israel US TAXPAYER funding, and watch them survive? Doubt it.

Freedom may be worth searching for.

I have given up on my fellow Americans, (not DPers) as I will not shed one more calorie trying to awaken anyone else who is not a critical thinker and does not have the inherent feeling that something is wrong.

I really don't think some of

I really don't think some of the language in the comments here serves the message of Liberty.

Let me plunder you or else you are anti-semitic

Jewish AIPAC lobby is more brazen, more thugly every morning.

What the AIPAC/ADL/Federal Reserve crime syndicate is saying is:

Listen, Congress, plunder your middle class, loot Billions from them, and give all to us to finance our apartheid welfare state.

If you resist, you are anti-semitic, racist, KKK,

We will flood you with 3rd world. We will flood you with diversity, but we will remain pure ethnostate.

How can any American tolerate this blatant hypocrisy?

Oh Wait, we are supposed to be politically correct, hush hush, never to mention facts and reality.

let us close our eyes and go back to libertarian dream world.

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They can't even print Ron Paul's name

under his photo linked to that article! WOW.. SCREW YOU ZOGS. we know Mossad did 9/11, we know The USS liberty was attacked by Israel fighter jets. We know how you use the AIPAC lobby to control our Congress. Fuck you evil scumbags. You're the plight of humanity.

Spending can be National Security,BloodMoney needed for Dr Afrid

The comments on Isreal seem to imply all aid is waste. If someone really helped us National Security is spending money on aid

Such as helping Dr. Afridi when was inprisoned for 33 year for telling us where bin Laden was hiding,

I am not taling about endangering his relitives playing Rambo but blood money to get him released,
http://www.dailypaul.com/236080/dr-afridis-33-yr-sentence-us...

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Treason?

ANYONE who puts the needs and interests of another country over that of their own is a TRAITOR, period. If someone wants to VOLUNTARILY donate to another nation's well-being, fine, but to forcibly extract wealth/resources from one country's populace to give to that of another amounts to treason on the part of the former.

Do these people weigh the trade-offs?

I'm with Ron Paul and also Newt Gingrich on this. We don't HAVE money to give. We have to BORROW from China. The debt is being left to AMERICAN CHILDREN to pay off. How about their security? For the cost of a piece of paper to go into the Congressional Record, we can reaffirm Israel's right to defend itself by issuing this statement: "The U.S. reaffirms Israel's right to defend itself."

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Gingrich said that?

Gingrich, who never passed on opportunities to vote for more money for the Israeli government, is now saying we don't have the money?

You have a (great) point...

What I was recalling from the debates was his "zero-based" foreign aid policy. I can't find the clip, but it's also at his website. http://www.newt.org/answers/#zero-based-budgeting-in-foreign...
"Zero-Based Budgeting in Foreign Aid/Inclusion of Israel
...Newt believes that zero-based budgeting is a good approach to apply all across the federal government, not just for foreign aid. Before we spend money every year in various areas of the federal budget, we should ask the right questions of whether we should continue to spend like we have the year before. We have to break the “baseline” mentality that just assumes that spending will automatically be in place and grow every year." But, he does say Israel would still warrant support (i.e., even if evaluated this way). What I was also recalling was his saying we had to always ask, "Is this worth borrowing 40cents from China for every dollar we give away?" That is, we needed to weigh trade-offs. But you're right. Actions speak louder than words. I was never a NG fan, for multiple reasons; but his words only supported RP in pointing out that 40% borrowing number. That is, "even" an establishment Rep. is worried.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

IzUnReal is the same

as the USA and the palastin peoples are the same as the American Indian. Both genocides caryed out by the same Rothschild zionist bankgangsters.

sovereign

Annexation?

We should simply annex Israel and get it over with. Maybe Bibi could be the first governor of the 51st state!

Israel sure seems to be our Middle East base

That is the impression I'm getting more and more. Their weapons are really our weapons, and their nukes are probably really our nukes.

I think it is the other way around...

We are nothing more than a slave to Israel. It is sad but one thing I have come to terms with over the past few years is this, Israel controls our foreign policy. It owns our Congress and hell don't forget our media is owned by Israel as well. It controls what we get to see on the Television and has pretty much decides what we get to watch from Hollywood.

Now, do I hate the Jewish people? Of course not, some of the greatest and smartest minds this world has ever seen have come from Jewish men and women. To fail and recognize that is to do so at our peril. I just believe we should be more aware of who is steering the public.

My father is a die hard Zionist who believes that Israel comes before America, I just happened to disagree with his beliefs. You see, I am an American first, seconder, and third-er. Do I hate Israel, again of course not, but I believe until we get some since of Nationalism, regardless of our race, we leave the door open for those who would come to this Country and manipulate the policies of this Country for their benefit.

I have posed a question to people around me that you may find to be absurd yet you would be profoundly surprised by the answers I have been given.

Here is the question that I have posed:

Imagine that you are in a boat, and you have only one anti- ballistic missile to shoot down a rocket that is launch from some Island off the coast of Korea, the anti-ballistic missile you have will knock down any rocket shot off from that Island. Now imagine that two rockets are shot at the same time, one going to Israel and the other coming to America to destroy you and your family. Which rocket would you shoot down?

Every person that I posed this question to had to think hard about which rocket they would shoot down. Most of the people that I talked to said they would shoot down the rocket that was going to Israel. This shows you how well the American people have been brain washed into not having any since of Nationalism. This is one reason why I feel Israel has to much control over our media and churches.

Until we can come together as a Country, we will not be able to solve some of the core problems that we are facing. Many people have been steered into thinking America is not their Country. America does not belong to anyone. This is wrong. If you are a citizen of this Country, then America is your home. Israel will face annihilation if she does not change her course and America will not be able to save her. Israel is like a bully with a big brother, running around the world destroying what ever she feels she can get away with at the time. Take away her her big brother and she will start to behave herself.

the idea that Israel is a

the idea that Israel is a colonialist outpost of the U.S. is the BIGGEST leftist lie that was ever told - clearly the we gain nothing from our "special relationship" except billions of dollars of tax payer money reallocated, international resentment, and terrorism directed toward us which the government then uses to take take freedom away from the population. in the cost-benefit analysis it is all LOSS and no gain for the U.S. in defending Israel and her aggression and coming to bat to be her main bull dog....

there is no left or right, only system and anti-system.

Or all nations that have a ROthschild central bank

are false debt slaves to the zionist king redsheild. Every nation has a ratchild central bank and an extorted theft tax collection system of control based upon the false debt of isuance of sovereign monies.

sovereign

It's Amazing

This grand psy-ops mission that Israel has played on this country is something. I'm not anti-Israel. They're good people and they're an important ally. Some of their leaders have really done a number on our government and brainwashed our people though. We shouldn't give them (or any other country) a dime in foreign aid. The notion that we're broke and still giving away money that we're borrowing is insane.

They like to demonize Iran a lot,

so that you don't notice that it's Israel who has been planning and threatening to actually do the attacking, and has been publicizing it for months, if not years.
Nobody in the media seems to think that constant threats of attack by Israel is "belligerent".
But when Iran just sits there doing nothing, the media construes that as "intolerable".
So, the bully attacker is construed as good, and the innocent victim(Iran) is demonized for just minding its own business.

The "policy" could be summed up like this, "I might not be able to trust him in the future, so let's just kill him now."
This "policy" could be used to destroy every country and person on the face of the Earth. "Just kill everybody, to be on the safe side". "The only ones we can leave alive are me and you, and I'm not so sure about you either."

simply outrageous

simply outrageous