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US-Israel relations-A Simple Question

The US and Israel are engaged in extensive strategic, political and military cooperation. This cooperation is broad and includes American aid, intelligence sharing, and joint military exercises. American military aid to Israel comes in different forms, including grants, special project allocations and loans. According to ifamericansknew.org, Israel receives about $3 billion from the U.S. in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s foreign aid budget. According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, Israel “conducts the most aggressive espionage operations against the U.S. of any ally.” Antiwar.com. According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s “Greenbook,” which reports “overseas loans and grants,” Israel has received $140,142,800 (in constant 2003 dollars) from the United States through 2003.

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3 Responses to US-Israel relations-A Simple Question

  1. Deadbeat June 17, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    It was interesting that these questions are being asked openly in New York City — the Jewish capital. I don’t think that you could have had such an open discussion like this 10 years ago in NYC. The answers by the responders are clearly missing any analysis of Jewish power but their answers for the most part revealed that the issue, even in NYC, is making a breakthrough.

    This is why I think Norman Finkelstein’s recent book CLAIMING that American Jewry support is “waning” has arrived on the scene. He was recently appeared on Democracy Now! promoting his new book and essentially told host Amy Goodman “they” need to get their propaganda out in front of the issue. The reason: The Internet.

    The Internet at this juncture is showing itself as being an “equalizer” to the Jewish controlled media and some perspective especially anti-Zionist perspectives are seeping through to people.

    Finkelstein however is wrong with his that American Jewry support for Israel is trailing off. Harretz reported in May that donations to Israel from American Jewry are on the rise. Somehow Finkelstein missed this important study.

    Finkelstein indicates that the boundaries of discourse boils down to and argument between Noam Chomsky’s Israel as a projection of U.S power vs Mearsheimer and Walt’s Israel Lobby — a position he fails to elaborate.

    Finkelstein’s sophistical spin however brings the issue into terms of a cost-benefit ratio to the USA while brushing aside the complete BENEFIT to International Jewry of BOTH arguments.

    I was disappointed that Finkelstein was the lone “intellectual” voice and not someone who could set the record straight. That would have been asking for too much — I guess.

    My takeaway from the video is that the Internet is permitting information to circumvent the filters and why hardcore Zionists like Senator Joesph Lieberman is doing whatever he and his Zionist colleagues can to place restrictions on the Internet.

    • Jay Knott June 17, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      “Finkelstein however is wrong with his that American Jewry support for Israel is trailing off.” Even if he were right, all Israel has to do is get into a crisis and support for it among Jews will rise. That’s what happened in 1967.

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 17, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    I would not be so taken with the idea that this is an “open discussion,” deadbeat.
    I view it more like one of those surveys political candidates order from PR firms in order to know how to shape their spiels.
    It helps them gage what people think, fear, hope, what they know and what they don’t, what terms to use to appeal to them, in order to better to shape their disinfo campaigns.

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