... One of the consequences of such a flawed [money driven] system is that foreign states
such as Israel are able to send politicians such as Binyamin Netanyahu
to demand of congress $6 billion a year as an involuntary gift from the
American electorate to support his own government and to keep him in
power. That huge sum includes vast amounts of arms and military
equipment to support the Israeli government’s policy of illegal
settlement on Palestinian land. A policy for which Mr Adelson uses the
considerable clout of his (unelected) power to support. Anthony Bellchambers (1/1/2016)
Establishment of a nuclear weapons-free zone of course
requires the cooperation of the nuclear powers: in the Middle East,
that would include the United States and Israel, which refuse. The same
is true elsewhere. Such zones in Africa and the Pacific await
implementation because the U.S. insists on maintaining and upgrading
nuclear weapons bases on islands it controls. Noam Chomsky, Because we
Say So. p 86
US-Israel relations have been described in a variety of
ways. Politicians refer to Israel as the US 's most reliable ally in
the Middle East, if not the world. Others speak of Israel as a
strategic ally. Some speak of Israel and the US as sharing common
democratic values in the war against terrorism. On the Left, critics
speak of Israel as a tool of US imperialism for undermining Arab
nationalism, and a bulwark against fundamentalist Islamic terrorism.
Very few writers point to the "excess influence" which the Israeli
governments exercise on US government policy via powerful Jewish
lobbies and individuals in media, financial and governmental circles,
or their exercise of that influence for the primary benefit of Israel,
irrespective of how that impacts the well-being of the United States.
While there is a grain of truth in much of the above, there
are numerous unique aspects in this relationship between the US, an
imperial power, and Israel, a regional power. Unlike Washington's
relation with the EU, Japan and Oceania, it is Israel which pressures
and secures a vast transfer of financial resources (by 2004, $2.8
billion per year, $84 billion over 30 years). Israel secures the latest
arms and technology transfers, unrestrictive entry into US markets,
free entry of immigrants, unconditional commitment of US support in
case of war and repression of colonized people, and guaranteed US
vetoes against any critical UN resolutions. James Petras book: The
Power of Israel in the United States (on-line)
Unlike Iran, Israel refuses to allow inspections or to sign
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It has hundreds of nuclear
weapons and advanced delivery systems, and a long record of violence,
aggression, and lawlessness, thanks to unremitting American support."
Noam Chomsky: Because We Say So. Pg 65
Ask Cicilline why our tax dollars are going to Israel
Congressman Cicilline needs to explain giving your money away.
Congressman Cicilline owes an explanation to Rhode Island taxpayers.
While most of our larger cities contemplate bankruptcy, and citizens
suffer the brunt of budget cuts, higher taxes, and slashed social
programs, the congressman is lavishly giving your money away to a
Last week, the congressman was an original co- sponsor of H.R.4229,
which received no media coverage from Rhode Island media outlets. This
bill requires U.S. taxpayers’ money be given to Israel so they can buy
and expand the Iron Dome missile system. That’s right; you are buying
them a missile system.
The cost was excluded from the bill so as not to outrage citizens, but
on April 4 Israel requested $700 million for its purchase. But wait,
there is more! In addition to this $700 million, you already gave
over $200 million for the originally deployed missiles. This was done
by our Congress, while telling the tornado-destroyed residents of
Joplin, Mo., there was no assistance money left for them. In
addition to the Iron Dome system, you graciously paid a minimum of $1.5
billion to help Israel develop the “Arrow” missile system, which has
yet to be tested.
You have donated over 13 billion dollars in aid to Israel since the
recession began, not counting the 3.1 billion in military aid each
year. It gets worse!
Next time you fill up you gas tank, consider that you also pay for the
gas and fuel used by Israeli army. While drastically slashing social
programs for Americans, Congress has increased aid to Israel this year.
All these are well kept secrets to mitigate public anger. We need an
explanation from our media about their silence, and we need the
congressman to explain why he is giving our tax money to a foreign
nation while we suffer cuts at home. How about it congressman?
former archbishop of Cape Town said the international community’s
“silence and complicity, especially on the situation in Gaza, shames us
Mr Tutu said conflicts were resolved through talking to enemies not
The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is beginning to approximate
that of Somalia, where 77 percent of the population requires emergency
humanitarian support, and the rate of malnutrition is the world's
highest. Food insecurity in Gaza currently runs at 56 percent and is
deteriorating rapidly, 42 percent of the Strip's population is
unemployed and 76 percent is receiving humanitarian assistance (all UN
Israel tries to play down minister's warning of
attack on Iran 09 Jun 2008 Israel yesterday attempted to play
down a warning from a senior government minister that an attack on Iran
was "unavoidable" if Tehran continued to develop nuclear weapons. The
transportation minister, Shaul Mofaz, a key figure in Israel's dialogue
with the US on Iran's nuclear programme, raised the prospect of a
unilateral Israeli attack against Tehran on Friday, adding that
international sanctions had been ineffective.