Monday, July 27, 2009

Short Note About U.S. "Aid" to Israel

Some people have asked me what Israel would do without American "aid."

As you know, I'm a former English teacher, and there must be a very good reason for me to put quotation marks around the word, "aid."

That's because the real beneficiary is the United States, not Israel. This so-called "aid" is just to beef up the American economy. Israel gets shopping coupons, like those "gift certificates" sent out by fancy stores offering a $10- free purchase in a store that sells nothing for under $25.

Other "aid" consists of what gets cleaned out of American surplus storage.

Israel would have a healthier economy if we produced our own weapons. Then we could market them sans American vetoes.

The American economy is in very bad shape. Industry and production are down. Unemployment and foreclosers are up.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

You don't want the 'aid' any more, is that it?

Then where will the State of Israel obtain the money to buy the aircraft that drop the bombs that kill the civilians that leaves the children without a mother or father or the parents without their children?

Killing unarmed civilians is a war crime.

Anonymous said...

Killing unarmed civilians is a war crime.
27/7/09 10:24

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Liar.

Not true when targeting a military objective and certainly not true in the numerous instances where the Arab terrorists cower behind their own civilians.

The Geneva Conventions clearly place the responsibility in these cases upon the Arab terrorists.

Did I mention that you're a liar? :)

Anonymous said...

Batya, listen to Professor Paul Eidelberg:

The mutually beneficial US-Israel relationship; security and economy

Unknown said...

Monday, July 27, 2009
The popular "Rogatka" (slingshot) nightclub in Tel Aviv is refusing entry to IDF soldiers in uniform.

IDF Uniforms are associated with oppression and genocide, and the IDF's violence is the reason for all violence in Israel, explained the club's workers.

"It's nothing personal, but ideological. Your uniforms symbolize genocide and violence." they were told by club employees and guests.

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
I haven't listened to Prof. Eidelberg yet, but he's not entirely reliable. You have to take what he says with a big grain of salt, even when his facts seem in order.

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
It was the "mutually beneficial" that threw me off. How does Israel benefit from any of this? It seems like America is the beneficiary.

Anonymous said...

Hadassa, there's a tremendous technology swap and partnership in many fields between us and the US. Eidelberg's point is the side of the story that is never told, not the obvious side.

Batya said...

First of all, blue and "a," you're pushing it with your attacks. A, go after the Arab terrorists. They are the true criminals. Blue, what's the point? Those nightclub owners aren't experts in morality.

Now shy, sorry, but I'm not a Paul Eidelberg fan. Actually, I may even prefer Feiglin to him. Nu, what about the offer?

Hadassa, we're in agreement here.

Anonymous said...

A decision by America to allow Israel to attack Iran could well prove to be the start of WWIII and the worst foreign policy error of the 21st century. Once ICBMs are fired from Israel, with or without nuclear warheads, then everyone living today could suffer the consequences.

Iran’s likely response to an unprovoked attack, will be to close the Straits of Hormuz meaning the global price of oil will double or quadruple; stock markets around the world will crash; Iranian cells in the US and Europe will activate; Iran will fire long-range missiles at Israel who will then have no option but to escalate the conflict with a massive nuclear strike that will turn the entire Gulf region into a giant fireball.

From Alaska to Mexico and from London to Oman and Karachi, the eventual consequences are unknown - but the world will have changed and we will all have to bear the cost of scarce oil, sky-high prices, falling investments and damaged economies.

To this scenario must be added the massive loss of life through the use of nuclear and chemical weapons of mass destruction with the resultant contaminating radiation and genetic damage.

All this because one single politician, from a country that hasn't initiated a war with anyone for hundreds of years, indulged in rhetorical hyperbole which has been used as an excuse by others to further a self-serving, nationalist agenda to retain hegemony in the region.

In the early 1960s, US Secretary of Defence, the late Robert McNamara made a similar foreign policy error of enormous magnitude which resulted in over 4 million deaths that included 58,000 Americans. It took him more than 20 years to admit to his catastrophic error. He died, racked with guilt and remorse.

However, in that terribly tragic and futile conflict, no nuclear WMD were deployed by either side. Today, would be very different.

We need to use our voice to prevent this so-called pre-emptive attack. We need to talk and negotiate – not to bomb, kill and terminate the lives of thousands of innocent men, woman and children.

Batya said...

a, if you're familiar with my writing you'd know that I'm against Israel attacking Iran, with or without American "approval."

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
Any information that we give America is likely to be used against us. Or given to our other enemies, who will use it against us. Better that we keep ourselves to ourselves.

Batya said...

excellent point, Hadassa