Facts about the Israeli lobby in America

ISRAEL THE ROOT OF MID-EAST TERRORISM

1)      Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one‐fifth of America’s foreign aid budget.  In percapita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.

2)      Israel is the only recipient that does not have to account for how the aid is spent, an exemption that makes it virtually impossible to prevent the money from being used for purposes the United States opposes, like building settlements in the
West Bank.

3)      The United States has provided Israel with nearly $3 billion to develop weapons systems like theLavi aircraft that the Pentagon did not want or need, while giving Israel access to top‐drawer U.S. weaponry likeBlackhawk helicopters and F‐16 jets.

4)      In the thick of the Lebanon war withHizbollah Jul, 2006, US was supplying Israel with planeloads of laser guided missiles passing through Scotland while condemning Iran & Syria for supplying arms for the Hizbullah.

5)      The United States gives Israel access to intelligence that it denies its NATO allies and has turned a blind eye towards
Israel’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.

6)      In addition, Washington provides Israel with consistent diplomatic support.  Since 1982, the United States has vetoed 32 United Nations Security Council resolutions that were critical of Israel, a number greater than the combined total of vetoes cast by all the other Security Council members

7)      US blocks Arab states’ efforts to put Israel’s nuclear arsenal on the International Atomic Agency’s list.

8)      The International Atomic Energy Agency’s agenda prior to the invasion of Iraq was at least partly intended to improve
Israel’s strategic situation.

9)      “Terrorism” is a tactic employed by a wide array of political groups; it is not a single unified adversary (as G.W. Bush would have it).  The threat faced by the US from terrorist organizations is by association (with Israel)– not by implication. That means “terrorist” groups that threaten Israel (e.g., Hamas or Hezbollah) do not necessarily threaten the United States, except when it intervenes on behalf of and associates with Israel (as in Lebanon in 1982 and 2006). The United States has a terrorism problem in good part because it is so closely allied with Israel, not the other way around.

10)  Palestinian terrorism is not random violence or “hatred” directed against Israel or “the West”; it is largely a response to
Israel’s prolonged campaign to colonize the East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. There is no question, for example, that many alQaeda leaders, including bin Laden, are motivated by Israel’s presence in Arab lands, oppression of the indigenous Arab population, sequestration of Arab property and the continued and sustained hindrance to Palestinian lives and livelihood.

11)  Israel’s nuclear arsenal is one reason why some of its neighbors want nuclear weapons, and threatening these states with regime change merely increases that desire and the threat of terrorism. If Arabs are a security threat to Israel, then the reverse of the grave threat of the state of Israel armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons, is also true. Security is not a one way street where the safety of one small entity is secured at the expense of a much larger entity.

12)   Un-questioning support for Israel also weakens the U.S. position outside the Middle East. Foreign elites consistently view the United States as too supportive of Israel, and think its tolerance of Israeli repression in the occupied territories is morally obtuse handicap in the war on terrorismwhich is supposedly a moral war. In April 2004, for example, 52 former British diplomats sent Prime Minister Tony Blair a letter saying that the Israel‐Palestine conflict had “poisoned relations between the West and the Arab and Islamic worlds,” and warned that the policies of Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon were “one‐sided and illegal.

13)  Israel’s strategic value is that it does not act like a loyal ally.  Israeli officials frequently ignore U.S. requests and renege on promises made to top U.S. leaders (including past pledges to halt settlement construction and to refrain from “targeted assassinations” of Palestinian leaders). Moreover, Israel has provided sensitive U.S. military technology to potential U.S. rivals like China, in what the U.S. State Department Inspector‐ General called “a systematic and growing pattern of unauthorized transfers.” According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, Israel also “conducts the most aggressive espionage operations against the U.S. of any ally.”  In addition to the case of Jonathan Pollard, who gave Israel large quantities of classified material in the early 1980s (which Israel reportedly passed onto the Soviet Union to gain more exit visas for Soviet Jews), a new controversy erupted in 2004 when it was revealed that a key Pentagon official (Larry Franklin) had passed classified information to an Israeli diplomat, allegedly aided by twoAIPAC officials. Israel is hardly the only country that spies on the United States, but its willingness to spy on its principal patron casts further doubt on its strategic value to the US.

14)  Israel is the only nation in the world that has threatened to use it’s nuclear weapon on another country (Iran). The
US, EU nor the UN has not called it to account on it’s existing nuclear arsenal (only recently confirmed inadvertently by PMEhud Olmert) nor was the US for it’s covert nuclear weapons supplies to Israel. It also has not affirmed a “no first use” policy of nuclear weapons nor has it been subject to IAEA inspection. Which makes it a grave regional as well as an international security threat.

Such extraordinary support for another nation could only be justified when true US strategic interests are compromised or when there is a compelling moral caseneither of which are present in the current context of political, economic or security realities. In truth Israel is a strategic liability and a security risk for the
US.

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