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Israel as financial parasite: the staggering cost to Americans

Israel has a population of approximately 7.8 million, or a million fewer than the state of New Jersey. It is among the world's most affluent nations, with a per capita income similar to that of the European Union.[1] Israel's unemployment rate of 5.6% is much better than America's 9.1%,[2] and Israel's net trade, earnings, and payments is ranked 48th in the world while the US sits at a dismal 198th.[3]

Yet Israel receives approximately 10% of America's foreign aid budget every year.[4] The US has, in fact, given more aid to Israel than it has to all the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean combined—which have a total population of over a billion people.[5] And foreign aid is just one component of the staggering cost of our alliance with Israel.

Given the tremendous costs, it is critical to examine why we lavish so much aid on Israel, and whether it is worth Americans' hard-earned tax dollars. But first, let's take a look at what our alliance with Israel truly costs.

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Thanks for the post!

Super important.

(And like the immigration issue, it's hard to discuss without some PC censors screaming "Race baiting!" or whatever. Sad. Controlling the dialogue is SILVER for fascism, but *preventing* it is GOLDEN.)

What would the Founders do?

Why is that none of the

prevailers of Zionist support, who claim to be Christian, are never questioned why the support the persecutors of the Palestinian Christians who in Christ's Words are the Brotheren? Isn't this the same as supporting Saul of Tarsus? Apparently, they are not really Christians or they would have envisioned in their Spirit, Saul's journey on the Road to Damascus, and realized they have been revolting against God. I was a Christian Zionist 10yrs ago, and my inner spirit began to show me this was wrong. I believe the lure of greed, like Judas, blinds them from the Spirit of Christ. This blindness is a result of the use of trickery and deception from the teachings used by the Judaics from the books of the Talmud and the Zohar. Once, you realize where these teachings dirived, then you can understand what Christ meant in Matthew 16:6.

This is an Important Topic That Americans Must Understand

The Congressional Research Service is one of many "think tanks" used by the U.S. Congress to advise them on national policy matters such as foreign aid, gun control, etc. This advice is published in reports that are NOT readily available unless a member of Congress releases them into the public domain (what happen to the concept of "open government", huh?)

The Israeli government receives a significant amount of taxpayer money which primarily is used to fund their military operations. The 2012 financial aid report to Israel can be downloaded here (see: https://opencrs.com/document/RL33222/2007-04-25/).

This 34 page report details the money, weapons systems and close economic relationship the federal government has with the Zionist state.

Page 4 describes the QME (Qualitative Military Edge) the US provides to Israel to maintain military superiority in the Middle East.

Page 7 describes how Israel agreed to purchase 19, F-35 joint strike fighters at a cost of 2.75 billion dollars. However Israel will pay for these aircraft with FMF (Foreign Military Financing) grant money (that's our tax money folks).

Page 8 documents how the U.S. sold "bunker buster bombs" to Israel over a number of years. Quiz; can you guess what country will be the recipient of those babies?

The report goes on to mention U.S. support for various missile systems, the "Iron Dome", X-Band Radar, the stockpiling of U.S. Arms in Israel, etc. The EDA (Excess Defense Articles) program has given Israel over 330 million dollars since 2001 which is above and beyond what they need for defense because they are a "non-NATO ally". Another reason why Israel hasn't joined NATO, huh?

But that's not the worst. Page 16 documents Israel's use of cluster bombs given to them by the U.S during the 2006 conflict with Lebanon. The use of cluster bombs is banned by the United Nations but the U.S. government has snubbed the restriction effectively rendering the international body impotent. The UN is a puppet organization of bureaucrats who serve the oligarchy of the U.S. No wonder Dr. Paul wants us out of the UN!

Page 18 describes how Israel has sold U.S. military technology to China. Weapon designs and materials that will definitely be used against the U.S. military when the conflict in Asia eventually erupts.

Page 19 shows how Israel planned to sell sophisticated drone aircraft integrated with U.S. made parts to Russia. Unbelievable. Hey, you Pentagon armchair generals and admirals, watch your back because this is America's closest ally in action!

Page 20 describes the migration and refuge assistance to Israel to resettle Jewish refugees in Israel. This is nothing more than funding the settler encroachment of Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Page 21 mentions loan guarantees to Israel subsidized by the U.S. government for housing, economic recovery and refinancing their debt.

Page 24 lists by year the additional aid Israel receives under the ASHA (American Schools and Hospitals Abroad) program.

Have we finally exhausted American taxpayer funding of Israel? Nope, more to come.

Page 25 lists the BIRD foundation (Israel-U.S. Bi-national Research & Development Foundation), the BSF foundation (U.S.-Israel Bi-national Science Foundation) and the BARD foundation (Bi-national Agriculture and Research and Development
Fund). Slush funds of grant money (i.e., taxpayer money) to Israel.

On and on and on. What other country on planet Earth receives this kind of special privilege from the coerced American people? Is there any doubt the power Israel has over the U.S. Congress? This is exactly what Dr. Paul warned us about: foreign entanglements.

Hey Bob-45, do ya think we’ll get a little bump in our social security check this year?

Not a chance buddy, not a chance.

it's getting to the point where . . .

it will be off-limits to discuss anything to do with Israel, simply because of all the debate, arguments, disagreement--

and the emotion it elicits on every side--

it's kind of scary really--

not sure what to think or say--

but if anyone mentions Israel, there is huge division--

and then someone will come back with an OP urging that nobody criticize Israel, etc.--

http://www.syrianbride.com/english.html

One of the actresses (Palestinian-Israeli) talked about how in the region itself Palestinians and Israelis get along well, and that if the "world" would stop interfering, they would continue to get along well--

this was before the most recent hostilities between Gaza and Israel, but--

it was an interesting comment that she made, something along the lines of "the road to hell is paved with good intentions"--

spouse and I watched this recently; we are hunting for films that help Americans understand what is happening--

with an Israeli (Jewish) director/producer and an Arabic (Muslim) writer--

and with a mix of actors/actresses . . . it gives an interesting perspective--

true cinema may be one of the few ways *we* can understand--

it's easy for some of us to point to a bunch of globalists of every stripe as the cause of all of this--

but one can't help but admire those who are trying to build bridges; *they* (the people of this area) are--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Once we censor

Once we censor ourselves IDF trolls like LF win.

Luke 3:38
Isaiah 43:3-5

I don't believe that this should be censored--

I'm just commenting that it is a hot and divisive topic; I don't have an answer for it myself--

I'm also saying that perhaps it is important to look to 'art' to see what is really happening; there are good people on both 'sides' who are trying to get along--

are *we* helping that or not? Ultimately, *we* each decide whether we are for building things up or tearing things down--

I am not saying that there are not evil people who want to destroy others; I believe there are--

but I also think that *we* can point out where people are trying to educate--

and reach out to those who do not have the same religion or language, etc.--but who do have the same ideals and values--

such as family, integrity, hard work--

I linked to a movie about Muslims written by a Muslim and an Israeli Jew and directed by an Israeli Jew with a German who is neither Jewish nor Muslim--

it showed hard heads on both sides and good hearts on both sides--

it showed humanity--

it showed the ridiculousness of bureaucracy--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

If you understand

that Israeli-Palestinian conflict is about groups demans for the land and not about individual rights, then Libertarians have no issue against Zionism. Issue about aid is valid and ALL HERE AGREE to stop US aid to all.

The rant is generated by anti-Semites who think about Jews all the time. They biologically (or pathologically) need to talk about Jews daily. Some feel shy, so they mask their talk with Zionism, Israel, Palestinians group demands, etc. Phychologists had already diagnozed pathological anti-Semites - unrecognized inferiority complex.

you need to get over thinking it's just a one-sided issue--

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it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

What else besides aid that we all agree upon?

1. Collectivists side with either Israel or Palestinians group demands.
2. "Human rights" groups talk about artifitial rights not individual rights. Sharia Law violates individual rights all the time. Since the two sides are at virtual war, individual rights are often violated as anywhere else.
3. UN was once an independent arbitrator (when the land owner, UK, delegated that power.) But UN changes its rule as it goes, so it had lost its independent arbitration status and became a NWO tool.
4. Ayn Rand sided with Israel, because Palestinians did not advance any individual rights.
5. Evangelical Zionists cannot defend muslims whom Jesus will burn in hell.

1. it is our duty as humans

1. it is our duty as humans to defend the defenseless
Psa 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Psa 82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

2. Sharia law is wrong. But so is the talmud and kaballah where it is written Jesus is boiling in excrement in hell. and you can rape a child under 3 because it is not a person yet

3.The UN was founded as a NWO tool. why do you think once the League of Nations became extinct they couldn't wait to start up again under a different name The UN

4. Ayn Rand sided with Israel because she was a zionist jew. Do you expect any different?

5. Why single out muslims? are there not some jews going to be burning? or does God approve of the annihalation and murder of innocent people?

"and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32

Broken Record

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I once again ask the question, can anyone show me any document creating an alliance between the US and Israel? I contend there is no treaty. With other US "allies" there are treaties. The US has Senate confirmed mutual defense treaties with individual nations and with organizations such as NATO.

I have searched for the treaty for years. For evidence of other treaties one only has to search the Avalon Project. This organization collects the important documents of the world. They have no US-Israel treaty. I even contacted them and was told that just because they don't have it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I guess that could be true but Constitutionally there is no room for secret treaties that have not received Senate confirmation.

I once read the Israelis were offered a treaty (possiblly in the 1960's) and they turned it down. They are not US allies. The US is their stooge.

It is a known fact that

your life and life of your children is pledged to defend Turkey, Croatia, Slovakia, Poland, Japan, Korea, etc by the treaty without your personal consent.

There is no such an agreement with Israel. Israel fought all its wars by itself. USSR was supplying weapons to Arabs, while Chechs, France and later USA to Israel.

Financial burden to maintain defense for NATO and other countries in peace time is huge. Nevertheless, whining about Jews is THERAPEUTIC for a mind that is dependent on the Jew.

Go away you anti Palestinian

Go away you anti Palestinian bigot. You have failed to convince us that no Jew ever does evil.

The Parasite gets other monies, too!

The Germans are taxed into oblivion on everything! ...and from Germany alone, the Parasite receives over US$30 Million PER DAY for war reparations from the German taxpayers. This has no expiration date. So these hard-working folks are being made to pay-out for an event supposedly perpetrated by their grand and great-grandparents to a nation full of people who were never in Germany in the 30s and 40s.
So, add up the German money, the Amerikan money and most-likely other nations that are being extorted, and The Parasite is doing damn well, financially! I equate it to the section-8 people here...sucking off the government teat with food stamps, free rent, free phone, free cable, free cheese..whatever...The last few times I drove through "the hood", (in different cities), it looked like a Mercedes Benz dealship!! Never seen so many brand new $60k cars parked in front of one crackhouse after the other...and we're paying for it!

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BC
Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

LOL..a downvote...really? So,

LOL..a downvote...really? So, someone here doesn't WANT truth? Good grief...

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BC
Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

Israel are behind also the

Israel are behind also the cyber wars. They point the finger to other nations here is the proof.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7F06S_cpjQ&lc=-YqOp5gTmJaYrc...

Quite an interesting article

mostly rehashed instances but put together nicely. Unfortunately they neglected to mention the highest price of all we incur for the unabashed support our Government lavishes upon Israel. Creating generation after generation of oppressed individuals who have had their property seized as well as seeing their families massacred has created a force of individuals whose hatred towards the U.S. and it's citizens can never be sated. When you create enemies you can expect attacks. When you experience attacks you can expect a response from your Government. Unfortunately our Government has been infiltrated with opportunistic despots whose main goal is to undo the protections of our Constitution and to place the populace into a subject state. The 911 attacks allowed them to remove more liberties and freedoms from this nation than even they thought possible before the attack. Dollars can be recouped for all the true waste they are but freedoms, once lost, are not so easily regained.

If not us than who?

Hatred that can never be sated you want to appease?

It was not until I joined the Catholic Church, where they keep family records, and I met families who have been residents of Mendocino for over 300 years by Church documents, meaning that these families were here long before CA became a state of the Union. They were Mexican, and then became Americans because of the Mexican Americans war. The Church shows us that governments come and go.

America talks about the Civil War, but says very little about the Mexican American war. Is it because America is no different than Israel, stealing and occupying the land of the Mexican People?

Maybe Americans need to practice what they preach about Israel least they continue to appear to the world no different? Just look at how Americans treat Mexicans. Talking about American's support for Israel is a red herring to cover it's own aggression against and hatred that can never be sated for Mexico?

You're preachng to the choir

about having a nation stolen from someones ancestors. My Great Grandmother was a full blooded Cherokee. Some of my ancestors were on this continent long before the Spanish landed and mixed blood with the natives to create a new minority race. Your post caused me to go back to my OP and for the life of me I can find nothing in it that would suggest I support appeasement. We must learn to live in the present, accept and learn from mistakes of the past and not allow the past to create our future. If you care to dwell upon some such pet peeve with regards to Mexicans and your perceived sense of injustice inflicted upon them, that's your prerogative, myself I happen to believe the unabashed support of Israel by my Government is of a much greater consequence.

If not us than who?

Why?

Do you live in Israel?

Either you don't even give someone

the common courtesy of reading their entire post or you haven't the intellect to engage in an intelligent conversation. I wont devolve to suggesting you are under the influence but your responses surely leaves that as a possible explanation of your incoherent babbling.
Does being like that make down voting more enjoyable?

If not us than who?

you won't disolve or resolve anything

I prefer to upvote and more often than not give explainations for my downvotes. Usually I gove downvotes to insults and what I see as threats (not speaking psecifically to any post here, just my general reasons for voting).

I think much of the anti-Israel sentiment is well meaning, but based on hearsay propeganda and twisted acts that paints less than half a picture of the situation.

peace be with you.

the hypocrisy is . . .

overwhelming, indeed.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

It's much, much worse than that!

When Benjamin Shalom Bernanke gives out 5 trillion dollars to "foreign" banks and institutions which he refuses to name, where do you think all that money goes? It goes to the only country where money is no object, where they can send 26 assassins to a hotel in Dubai to kill one man.

You should learn

something. Obviously when you refused to learn things for your own bar-mitzvah (assuming you are not a pathological liar) things deteriorated for you fast. Check what "Prime Member bank means" for the Federal Reserve system and how they redistribute T-bills (money for US unbalanced budget) to people worldwide.

Lending liquidity to prime member banks is responsibility of the FED based on USA law. Otherwise, USA government wont be able to keep unbalanced budget via borrowing.

With allies like that

who needs a back stabbing silent coup?

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

Your aqua tank smells fishy

If your taxes did not go to subsidize defense of Turkey and South Korea, you would be able to buy better non-flouride chemicals and better quality food for storage.

The usual group of anti-Semites

feel the itch. If a day passes by without a talk about the Jew, anti-Semites feel uncomfortable. Their mental dependency on the Jew creates anxiety that needs to be released.

Ron Paul stands for cutting aid to ALL. Rand Paul had a conversation with Israel's prime minister, Bibi, about this. Bibi basically acknowledged that cutting aid to all is a reasonable idea. Ron Paul said many times that total USA aid to Israel's muslim enemies is 3-4 times more than aid to Israel. If we follow Libertarian ideas and cut aid to ALL and stop supporting NWO, UN, Israel will get ahead compared to Sharia Law fans. Those who will suffer the most are Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, UK, Ireland, Spain, etc.

So our anti-Semites ignore Ron Paul on purpose because that would undermine their constant whining about the Jew.

You make it hard

I support your position on the issue. I just wish you could rise above insulting others as it doesn't help your argument, but rather it weakens it.. so it hurts that you make a great argument dirty.

I want to upvote you because I agree with you, but I don't upvote you (not that you should give a damn about votes) because the insults ruin your point.

Peace be with you.

Thanks,

but I stand firmly on my OWN reason. I welcome any rational arguments. Anti-Semites have none. That is why the thumb work. You do not need to help me. Use your own rational faculty and decide if you respect people who do not respect reason and should you pander for the sake of unity of the collective.