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  • From:Norway

Date Posted:29-07-2015 03:24:38Copy HTML

Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

"Gaza, a year after Israel carried out a devastating bombing campaign that lasted almost two months, is in ruins," writes Hedges. (Photo: Agencia de Noticias/flickr/cc)

The Palestinians are poor. They are powerless. They have no voice or influence in the halls of power. They are demonized. They do not have well-heeled lobbyists doling out campaign contributions and pushing through pro-Palestinian legislation. No presidential candidate is appealing to donors—as Hillary Clinton did when she sent a letter to media mogul Haim Saban denouncing critics of Israel—by promising to advance the interests of the Palestinian people. Palestinians, like poor people of color in the United States, are expendable.

Justice for Palestine will never come from the traditional governmental institutions or political parties that administer power. These institutions have surrendered to moneyed interests. Justice will come only from us. And the sole mechanism left to ensure justice for Palestine is the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Sanctions brought down the apartheid regime of South Africa. And they are what will bring down the apartheid regime of Israel. BDS is nonviolent. It appeals to conscience. And it works.

The struggle against apartheid in South Africa was long and hard. This struggle will be too.All Israeli products including Jaffa citrus fruits, Ahava cosmetics, SodaStream drink machines, Eden Springs bottled water and Israeli wine must be boycotted. We must refuse to do business with Israeli service companies. And we must boycott corporations that do business with Israel, including Caterpillar, HP and Hyundai. We must put pressure on institutions, from churches to universities, to divest from Israeli companies and corporations that have contracts with Israel. The struggle against apartheid in South Africa was long and hard. This struggle will be too. 

Gaza, a year after Israel carried out a devastating bombing campaign that lasted almost two months, is in ruins. Most of the water is unsafe to drink. There are power outages for up to 12 hours a day. Forty percent of the 1.8 million inhabitants are unemployed, including 67 percent of the youths—the highest youth unemployment rate in the world. Of the 17,000 homes destroyed by Israel in the siege, not one has been rebuilt. Sixty thousand people remain homeless. Only a quarter of the promised $3.5 billion in aid from international donors has been delivered—much of it diverted to the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli puppet regime that governs the West Bank. And no one in Washington—Republican or Democrat—will defy the Israel lobby. No one will call for justice or stay the Israeli killing machine. U.S. senators, including Bernie Sanders, at the height of the Israeli bombardment last summer voted unanimously to defend the Israeli slaughter of a people with no army, navy, air force, mechanized units, artillery or command and control. It was a vote worthy of the old Soviet Union. Every senator held out his or her tin cup to the Israel lobby and chose naked self-interest over justice.

Israel, like the United States, is poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It too is governed by a corrupt oligarchic elite for whom war has become a lucrative business.

Israel, like the United States, is poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It too is governed by a corrupt oligarchic elite for whom war has become a lucrative business. It too has deluded itself into carrying out war crimes and then playing the role of the victim. Israeli systems of education and the press—again mirrored in the United States—have indoctrinated Israelis into believing that they have a right to kill anyone whom the state condemns as a terrorist. And Israel’s most courageous human rights campaigners, intellectuals and journalists are slandered and censored in their own country, just as American critics such as Norman FinkelsteinMax Blumenthal and Noam Chomsky are in the United States. 

Those who become addicted to the wielding of the instruments of war, blinded by hubris and a lust for power, eventually become war’s victims. This is as true for Israel as for the United States. 

Israel’s goal is to make life a living hell for all Palestinians, ethnically cleansing as many as it can and subduing those who remain. The peace process is a sham. It has led to Israel’s seizure of more than half the land on the West Bank, including the aquifers, and the herding of Palestinians into squalid, ringed ghettos or Bantustans while turning Palestinian land and homes over to Jewish settlers. Israel is expanding settlements, especially in East Jerusalem. Racial laws, once championed by the right-wing demagogue Meir Kahane, openly discriminate against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians. Ilan Pappe calls the decades-long assault against the Palestinian people “incremental genocide.”

In Gaza, Israel practices an even more extreme form of cruelty. It employs a mathematical formula to limit outside food deliveries to Gaza to keep the caloric levels of the 1.8 million Palestinians just above starvation. This has left 80 percent of the Palestinians in Gaza dependent on Islamic charities and outside aid to survive. And the periodic military assaults on Gaza, euphemistically called “mowing the lawn,” are carried out every few years to ensure that the Palestinians remain broken, terrified and destitute. There have been three Israeli attacks on Gaza since 2008. Each is more violent and indiscriminate than the last. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that a fourth attack on Gaza is “inevitable.”

Israel is not an anomaly. It is a window into the dystopian, militarized world that is being prepared for all of us, a world with vast disparities of income and draconian systems of internal security. There will be no freedom for Palestine, or for those locked in our own internal colonies and terrorized by indiscriminate police violence, until we destroy corporate capitalism and the neoliberal ideology that sustains it.

During its 51-day siege of Gaza last summer Israel dropped $370 million in ordinance on concrete hovels and refugee camps that hold the most densely packed population on the planet. Two thousand one hundred four Palestinians were killed. Sixty-nine percent—1,462—were civilians. Four hundred ninety-five were children. Ten thousand were injured. (During the attack six Israeli civilians and 66 soldiers were killed.) Four hundred Palestinian businesses were wiped out. Seventy mosques were destroyed and 130 were damaged. Twenty-four medical facilities were bombed, and 16 ambulances were struck, as was Gaza’s only electrical power plant. Israel tallied it up: 390,000 tank shells, 34,000 artillery shells, 4.8 million bullets. Most of the civilians who died were killed in their homes, many of the victims torn to shreds by flechette dartssprayed from tanks. Children were burned with white phosphorous or buried with their families under rubble caused by 2,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs. Others died from dense inert metal explosive, or DIME, bombs—experimental weapons that send out extremely small, carcinogenic particles that cut through both soft tissue and bone. The Israel Defense Forces, as Amira Hass has reported, consider any Palestinian over the age of 12 to be a legitimate military target. Max Blumenthal’s new book, “The 51 Day War,” is a chilling chronicle of savage atrocities carried out by Israel in Gaza last summer. As horrible as the apartheid state in South Africa was, that nation never used its air force and heavy artillery to bomb and shell black townships.

A report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) found Israel killed and injured more civilians with explosive weapons in 2014 than any other country in the world. Hamas’ indiscriminate firing of wildly inaccurate missiles—Finkelstein correctly called them “enhanced fireworks”—into Israel was, as a U.N. report recently charged, a war crime, although the report failed to note that under international law Hamas had a right to use force to defend itself from attack.

The disparity of firepower in the 2014 conflict was vast: Israel dropped 20,000 tons of explosives on Gaza while Hamas used 20 to 40 tons of explosives to retaliate. Israel’s wholesale slaughter of civilians is on a scale equaled only by Islamic State and Boko Haram. Yet Israel, in our world of double standards, is exempted from condemnation in Washington and provided with weapons and billions in U.S. foreign aid to perpetuate the killing. This is not surprising. The United States uses indiscriminate deadly force in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia that outdoes even Israel, leaving behind civilian victims, refugees and destroyed cities and villages in huge numbers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who during his last election campaign received 90 percent of his money from U.S. oligarchs such as Sheldon Adelson, has internally mounted a campaign of state repression against human rights advocates, journalists and dissidents. He has stoked overt racism toward Palestinians and Arabs and the African migrant workers who live in the slums of Tel Aviv. “Death to Arabs” is a popular chant at Israeli soccer matches. Thugs from right-wing youth groups such as Im Tirtzu routinely beat up dissidents, Palestinians, Israeli Arabs and African immigrants in the streets of Tel Aviv. It is a species of Jewish fascism.

Israel is not an anomaly. It is a window into the dystopian, militarized world that is being prepared for all of us, a world with vast disparities of income and draconian systems of internal security. There will be no freedom for Palestine, or for those locked in our own internal colonies and terrorized by indiscriminate police violence, until we destroy corporate capitalism and the neoliberal ideology that sustains it. There will be no justice for Michael Brown until there is justice for Mohammed Abu Khdeir. The fight for the Palestinians is our fight. If the Palestinians are not liberated none of us will be liberated. We cannot pick and choose which of the oppressed are convenient or inconvenient to defend. We will stand with all of the oppressed or none of the oppressed. And when we stand with the oppressed we will be treated like the oppressed.

Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning,What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.  His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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  • From:USA

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Date Posted:02-08-2015 04:14:29Copy HTML

 Tell, me, Easy, who are these nefarious Zionists you claim are running "our" country? Name names, expose the traitors! Once you've proven your case, maybe I'll help you build those industrial-size ovens you want and front you the cash to cook up a little Zyklon B.....

Or then again, maybe you could just shut the fuck up and keep your vile hatred to yourself.
“Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.” -Dexter Morgan
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  • From:Norway

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Date Posted:02-08-2015 04:19:04Copy HTML

Go to bed you drunken buffoon. You need to know when to shut the fuck up. You're only cementing your image as a rube. lol  bye, bye chump 
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Date Posted:02-08-2015 04:28:17Copy HTML

Reply to easyrider123

Go to bed you drunken buffoon. You need to know when to shut the fuck up. You're only cementing your image as a rube. lol  bye, bye chump 

Does your mom know how much you hate Jews, Easy?

She didn't work at Buchenwald, did she?
“Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.” -Dexter Morgan
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http://www.ronpaul.com/2015-07-28/neocon-warmongers-raise-100-million-to-sink-iran-peace-effort/   
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  • From:Norway

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Date Posted:03-08-2015 07:26:55Copy HTML

Keep in mind that the Jewish lobby is not the same as the Israeli lobby.

For instance the Jewish lobby in America is for the Iran deal. The Israeli(Zionist) lobby is vigorously against it. 

As we see, the GOP and Congress and AIPAC are all with the Zionist warmongering Israelis led by Bibi in Israel and by the Neocons in the U.S. 

Netanyahu: An Enemy of Peace


Mel Gurtov
 is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective, an international affairs quarterly and blogs at In the Human Interest.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has established himself as the biggest enemy of peace in the Middle East.  His thoroughly unwelcome and error-marred speech to Congress on Iran, his last-minute racist scare tactics on election eve in Israel, and his disingenuous post-election statement that he really does support a two-state solution all reveal a man who fears a just Middle East peace and will do everything he can to thwart it.

President Obama has taken the correct position in distancing himself from Netanyahu and, with the usual diplomatic language, making plain that so long as Netanyahu is in charge, the peace process is dead.  Their widely reported strained personal relationship is one thing, but the main thing is that the United States and the Palestinian Authority do not have a negotiating partner.  What Netanyahu said in the last moments of his electoral campaign simply cannot be walked back: that no two-state solution will ever occur while he is prime minister; and that the Arab vote is a threat to Israel’s political system.  This is a man who will say and do whatever it takes to preserve his power and keep the Palestinian people in a subordinate place.

Netanyahu has a lot of help in achieving those objectives, both in Congress and from his embassy in Washington.  The Israel Lobby remains powerful and well funded, with many resources for ensuring that military and economic aid to Israel continues, that the Palestinian cause is ignored, and that Israel’s nuclear weapon arsenal is never a fit topic of debate.  Netanyahu’s faithful front man–the American-born Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer–is a key figure in the lobby—a man who, like his boss, never takes a backward step when it comes to promoting an expansive notion of Israel’s security needs. He is reportedly working tirelessly to restore Bibi’s credibility and embolden Congress members to maintain sanctions on Iran.  Unless and until the Israel Lobby is reined in, significant change in US policy is hard to imagine.

President Obama correctly stated that “figuring out how do we get through a real, knotty policy difference” is the chief challenge now.  But “getting through” should not mean salving over the differences and reaffirming the unbreakable US-Israel partnership.  Rather, Washington should “get through” by using Netanyahu’s offensive behavior as an opportunity to change course in its Middle East policy.

A new course should include reaffirmation of the two-state solution within the pre-1967 war boundaries, opposition to a Netanyahu-backed bill that would define Israel as the “nation-state of the Jewish people,” and major development assistance to the Palestinian Authority (especially in Gaza, which is facing a water crisis among numerous other deprivations).

Working through the United Nations Security Council rather than continuing to rely on bilateral diplomacy with Israel should also be part of a new US agenda.  And the President should condemn outright the Israeli-Republican axis that has formed to undermine his efforts to engage Iran and craft a just peace between Israel and Palestine.

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  • From:Norway

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  • From:USA

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 Hate Jews now! Win valuable prizes!
“Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.” -Dexter Morgan
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Date Posted:05-08-2015 01:31:25Copy HTML

I was noticing yet another denunciation of our one sided media today. The best thing about forums like this is that because we ARE committed to a position, none of us are really hogtied by one or the other major media outlets.

Now, there are going to be some even here who won't even look at differing perspectives. But most of us aren't idiots of that sort. If we post something, we can be pretty sure that someone on the other side is going to post the counterpoint. If you only seek out those sources which provide confirmation bias, then you never get exposure to the other side.

I was thinking about that today as I was going through my feeds on FB. Now, as it might be expected, most of my feeds are liberal oriented. Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren. LeftAction. Etc. If those were ALL I saw, I would believe that America was totally in favor of PP. And by contrast, if I were a rightwinger with feeds from FOX, Hannity, Neocon Express blah blah blah, I'd be equally inclined to believe that America was hyperventilating over the CMP vids.

But because I'm here I know that neither of those scenarios are true. That as many as are on totally one side or another, there are in the middle, perhaps uncomfortable with this exact issue, but not willing to destroy PP over it.

The above pic by EZ is kind of silly in that I don't think the Bush admin was literally 'controlled" by Zionists. But it does do us good to remember that while we rail on about "radical Islam", there are a lot of non-radical Muslims who rail on against "hegemonistic Americans" and, from their perspective, with equally good reason. If all we see are rah-rah memes for the US, then we forget that the world we live in is a bit more complicated.

So as frustrating as these sites may seem to be once in a while, especially when we are in a tiny minority on one of the issues or other and are getting beat up, we should remember that ultimately, we gain more in our own ability to be informed on issues from varying perspectives, than we lose by being called idiot, moron, socialist and fascist, or, even, Koch-suckers.

~Oh, I wish it would rain.~ --The Temptations
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  • From:USA

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Date Posted:05-08-2015 02:11:55Copy HTML

 Or Soros whores.
“Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.” -Dexter Morgan
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Unka sam uses 'terrorists' as justification for... pretty much any nasty shit he wants to do.
Islamic terrorists use Unka sam as justification for... pretty much any nasty shit they want to do.

That said, it would be nice if unka sam would stop offering us up for scapegoating.  Stop the drone bombing, the bombings, the invasions, the foreign aide... stop all that shit.

If we want to wear the white hat, we have to actually be the good guys and currently... we're not.
Come to the Dark Side. We have cookies. The advantage of insinuations over hard arguments is that they bypass critical thought. No one can respond precisely to a charge that is utterly vague or to accusers who will envelope any reply in a poisonous fog of further insinuations. ~ David Warren, The Guardian There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” ― H.L. Mencken
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  • From:Norway

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Date Posted:05-08-2015 07:14:19Copy HTML

mickey.......The above pic by EZ is kind of silly in that I don't think the Bush admin was literally 'controlled" by Zionists.

Well it may be slightly silly, and I mean slightly. But realistically the neocon Bush admin.(which was formed before the shrub). Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Perle, Abrams et all and the PNAC papers are Israeli/neocon minions with very, very close ties to the Zionist Likud right wing extremeists of Israel and by proxy Washington D.C.


 
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Imagine a world with no Jews....imagine Hitler had managed to get them all.










Now imagine Easy crouched in a corner picking his nose, with nothing at all to hate today.
“Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.” -Dexter Morgan
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Imagine a world with no Jews....imagine Hitler had managed to get them all.










Now imagine Easy and Jimmy Carter crouched in a corner picking their noses, with nothing at all to hate today.




Show compassion, people. Hate a Jew for Easy and Jimmy. It's the right thing to do.
“Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.” -Dexter Morgan
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Isn't Jimmy Carter the president the country couldn't wait to get rid of?  

Until Barry, the worst we'd ever had?

So who cares what he says?
Try to remember the kind of September when men weren't girls and girls weren't fellas..................
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Who cares what Carter says or does? Lots of people do and I count myself as one of them. 


Jimmy Carter, now aged 86, 39th president of the United States (1977-1981), is that increasingly rare phenomenon in international politics: a man of modesty and principle. Whatever his failures and successes while in office, an interview in the New Review reveals the values that have shaped his three decades of service. He is a citizen of the world, shunning the exploitation of his political career via the pursuit of celebrity, wealth, and the acquisition of all the often ridiculous paraphernalia of visible affluence.

The Carter Centre, the foundation that he and his wife, Rosalynn, set up in the 1980s, in their home town of Plains, Georgia, is the base from which the couple work to eradicate diseases such as Guinea worm and river blindness and from where they champion human rights.

This autumn, as he has done every year, Carter will be helping to build homes with volunteers, this time in Haiti. As one of Nelson Mandela's Elders, a group of elder statesmen, he visits the most intractable trouble spots negotiating to avoid conflict and bloodshed, motivated not by commercial considerations but from a respect for human life.

Guided by a strong Baptist faith and steadied by a 65-year love affair with Rosalynn, that colleagues say is touching in its fire and constancy, the former engineer, peanut farmer and naval officer, has pioneered the model of post-presidential activism that Bill Clinton has tried to emulate.

Nobel peace prize winner (2002), Carter says he is proud that during his presidency: "We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war." The day after Carter lost his bid for re-election, he told the press that he would not make money off the back of his presidency.

It's an unusual moral maze for a leading politician to enter but even his harshest critics must acknowledge, Jimmy Carter has navigated the challenge superbly well.

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Here is an American that says exactly what I think and stand for.  


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I don't expect Alaskaone and his fellow-fascists to believe this....

I've  accompanied my Israeli-born wife to Israel and we've spent quite a bit of time in Iran.   I far prefer Iran.  My wife's Jewish family lives in Tiberias, but apart from that, she agrees with me.

Jews were almost always treated better in the Middle East than their fellow-Jews were by Europeans.

Most Iranian Jews strongly disagree with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's denunciations of the Iran nuclear accord. Jewish leaders in Iran estimate that there are between 12,000 and 30,000 Jews in Iran today, making Iran's the second-largest Jewish population in the Middle East after Israel.

Tapo, one of six kosher restaurants in Tehran, has become an informal hangout for the city’s Jewish community. During a lunchtime rush last week customers ate savory kebabs whi...

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Most Iranian Jews strongly disagree with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's denunciations of the accord.
usatoday.com

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US press blacks out Israeli defense minister’s citation of ‘Nagasaki and Hiroshima’ as model for dealing with Iran

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/05/ministers-nagasaki-hiroshima
Two weeks ago, Electronic Intifada reported public comments by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in which he cited Hiroshima and Nagasaki as role models in responding to Iran. Ya’alon suggested that Israel might have to nuke Iran in order to prevent a long war: “at the end, we might take certain steps.” Last week Ali Gharib picked up the EI report at Lobelog and linked to the video of Ya’alon, speaking in English on May 5 to the Israel Law Center (and posted by that rightwing group, which supplied a transcript). -Mondoweis

"Les hommes ne font jamais le mal si complètement et joyeusement que lorsqu'ils le font par conviction religieuse." Blaise Pascal
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Have you heard any stories of Jews protecting Palestinians?

“When I saw her, I didn’t see her uniform or a symbol of the occupation. I saw a person who was crying, who was breaking down. And I had to stand by her side.”

As Israeli settlers pummeled them with rocks, two Palestinian men came to the aid of a female Israeli police officer and shielded her with their bodies, and the...
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hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!  Are you cons OK with this? Do you even see the implications? Since this figure was up to 2002, we can safely assume that it is about 2 TRILLION dollars by now....


Economist tallies swelling cost of Israel to US

Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. If divided by today's population, that is more than $5,700 per person.

This is an estimate by Thomas Stauffer, a consulting economist in Washington. For decades, his analyses of the Middle East scene have made him a frequent thorn in the side of the Israel lobby.

For the first time in many years, Mr. Stauffer has tallied the total cost to the US of its backing of Israel in its drawn-out, violent dispute with the Palestinians. So far, he figures, the bill adds up to more than twice the cost of the Vietnam War.

And now Israel wants more. In a meeting at the White House late last month, Israeli officials made a pitch for $4 billion in additional military aid to defray the rising costs of dealing with the intifada and suicide bombings. They also asked for more than $8 billion in loan guarantees to help the country's recession-bound economy.

Considering Israel's deep economic troubles, Stauffer doubts the Israel bonds covered by the loan guarantees will ever be repaid. The bonds are likely to be structured so they don't pay interest until they reach maturity. If Stauffer is right, the US would end up paying both principal and interest, perhaps 10 years out.

Israel's request could be part of a supplemental spending bill that's likely to be passed early next year, perhaps wrapped in with the cost of a war with Iraq.

Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid. It is already due to get $2.04 billion in military assistance and $720 million in economic aid in fiscal 2003. It has been getting $3 billion a year for years.

Adjusting the official aid to 2001 dollars in purchasing power, Israel has been given $240 billion since 1973, Stauffer reckons. In addition, the US has given Egypt $117 billion and Jordan $22 billion in foreign aid in return for signing peace treaties with Israel.

"Consequently, politically, if not administratively, those outlays are part of the total package of support for Israel," argues Stauffer in a lecture on the total costs of US Middle East policy, commissioned by the US Army War College, for a recent conference at the University of Maine.

These foreign-aid costs are well known. Many Americans would probably say it is money well spent to support a beleagured democracy of some strategic interest. But Stauffer wonders if Americans are aware of the full bill for supporting Israel since some costs, if not hidden, are little known.

One huge cost is not secret. It is the higher cost of oil and other economic damage to the US after Israel-Arab wars.

In 1973, for instance, Arab nations attacked Israel in an attempt to win back territories Israel had conquered in the 1967 war. President Nixon resupplied Israel with US arms, triggering the Arab oil embargo against the US.

That shortfall in oil deliveries kicked off a deep recession. The US lost $420 billion (in 2001 dollars) of output as a result, Stauffer calculates. And a boost in oil prices cost another $450 billion.

Afraid that Arab nations might use their oil clout again, the US set up a Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That has since cost, conservatively, $134 billion, Stauffer reckons.

Other US help includes:

• US Jewish charities and organizations have remitted grants or bought Israel bonds worth $50 billion to $60 billion. Though private in origin, the money is "a net drain" on the United States economy, says Stauffer.

• The US has already guaranteed $10 billion in commercial loans to Israel, and $600 million in "housing loans." (See editor's note below.) Stauffer expects the US Treasury to cover these.

• The US has given $2.5 billion to support Israel's Lavi fighter and Arrow missile projects.

• Israel buys discounted, serviceable "excess" US military equipment. Stauffer says these discounts amount to "several billion dollars" over recent years.

• Israel uses roughly 40 percent of its $1.8 billion per year in military aid, ostensibly earmarked for purchase of US weapons, to buy Israeli-made hardware. It also has won the right to require the Defense Department or US defense contractors to buy Israeli-made equipment or subsystems, paying 50 to 60 cents on every defense dollar the US gives to Israel.

US help, financial and technical, has enabled Israel to become a major weapons supplier. Weapons make up almost half of Israel's manufactured exports. US defense contractors often resent the buy-Israel requirements and the extra competition subsidized by US taxpayers.

• US policy and trade sanctions reduce US exports to the Middle East about $5 billion a year, costing 70,000 or so American jobs, Stauffer estimates. Not requiring Israel to use its US aid to buy American goods, as is usual in foreign aid, costs another 125,000 jobs.

• Israel has blocked some major US arms sales, such as F-15 fighter aircraft to Saudi Arabia in the mid-1980s. That cost $40 billion over 10 years, says Stauffer.

Stauffer's list will be controversial. He's been assisted in this research by a number of mostly retired military or diplomatic officials who do not go public for fear of being labeled anti-Semitic if they criticize America's policies toward Israel.



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David Bromwich – Huffington Post

Benjamin Netanyahu is laying siege to the Congress of the United States, not for the first time. He has thrown his voice and channeled his influence into the arena of American legislative politics, to abort the P5+1 nuclear settlement with Iran, which was signed on July 14 by the US, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia ... For Netanyahu and Schumer what offends is the prospect of Iran's re-entry into the global community as a trading partner and a non-nuclear regional power of some resourcefulness. This emergence can only curb Israel's wish to dominate for another half century as it has done for the past half century. That, and not anything resembling an "existential threat," is the real transition at issue.

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The positive thing is that we Americans have assisted our most important ally, Israel, in our best state of the art 2015 military technology so the IDF can plant a Hellfire missile into the navel of any given enemy, or IF they prefer a single fifty caliber explosive round!

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EZ, when you get in these 'moods', and post multiple pieces one after another, it is pretty evident you are in jew meltdown.
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Reply to Yobbo

I don't expect Alaskaone and his fellow-fascists to believe this....


I don't find myself terribly inclined to listen to anyone who doesn't know what a fascist actually is.

You could look it up.  It's not hard to spell and there are quite a few on-line dictionaries... however, to spare you the effort, I'm not a fascist.  I would be the opposite of a fascist.  An anti-authoritarian, authoritarian.

Mickeyrat, DrJ., and their followers are fascists.  They believe government should control every aspect of society... indirectly through laws and regulations.

Me... not so much.

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EZ's Jew fixation is going to get worse.  We're coming up on a full moon.
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Ah skrumpie, what no defense, no apologetic nonsense.............only idiotic infantile snark?

It must be a sight, you snarling as you crawl from your lair in the wee hours each day ready to spit and dribble your caustic bile.

Chew on some reality in the meantime eh........... I don't support Israel or anyone who does so, enemies of America and what we stand for. 

It's Time To Admit It. Israeli Policy Is What It Is: Apartheid
By Bradley Burston
I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel. Not anymore.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42672.htm
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Take deep, cleansing breaths, EZ.  The full moon is on the 29th, and you should get some relief after that.
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