Wednesday, March 11, 2015

US Aid to Israel

A Facebook friend of mine asked me about a photo comment reply of mine to the libelous lie that has been told for years, by anti-Israeli trolls of the Falestinian Bamboozled Derange Syndrome (BDS) group of ignoramuses, regarding the "Level of US Aid to Israel.
I have replied that before screaming at Israel they should consider this tidbit:

"Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip receive one of the highest levels of unrecorded aid in the world. Aid has been offered to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and other Palestinian Non-governmental organizations (PNGOs) by the international community, including International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) and the funds are largely unaccounted for.
According to certain analyses, Palestinians are the largest per capita recipients of international development assistance in the world (Lasensky [2004], 211, Lasensky-Grace [2006])."
"Until his death in November 2004, former PA President Yasser Arafat controlled Palestinian finances and faced widespread criticism for his lack of transparency, corruption, and misuse of foreign aid. Some observers described Arafat’s use of the PA treasury as his “personal cashbox” and allege that almost half of the $7 billion provided to the PA since its creation in the early 1990s may have been diverted by Arafat to political patronage and kickbacks."
Although the extent of Arafat’s misuse of PA money was never fully known, Israeli leaders, Palestinian reformers, and others repeatedly accused Arafat and his inner circle of corruption; nevertheless, his total domination of Palestinian political life made him indispensable to those seeking his cooperation in achieving regional peace and many were forced to ignore such charges." David Samuels, “ In a Ruined Country,” Atlantic Monthly, September 2005.

So here is the truth behind US foreign military aid to Israel and how it actually benefits the US Taxpayer.
 "Currently, Israel receives $3 billion annually in US assistance through Foreign Military Financing (FMF). Seventy-four percent of these funds must be spent on the acquisition of US defense equipment, services, and training. Thus, "United States military aid to Israel is seen by many as a subsidy for U.S. industries", according to Kenneth M. Pollack."
When the US Government gives out military aid in appropriations the great majority of it does not leave the shores of the US: for example the latest news of the F-23 sale. Trillions of hard earned dollars from US taxpayers are used to fund the Defense Department each fiscal year. Much of the money goes to buy new weaponry. In order to provide up to the date equipment, all arms manufacturers of the US military industrial complex and military contractors need to make sells of arms abroad. They do this in order to raise enough funds to continue their research and development and to make a profit to employ thousands of US taxpaying citizens. These US Defense Contractor employees salaries go to purchase necessities and services from companies and businesses in their hometowns that employee thousands of other tax paying US residents.

Mothballed F-14 Tomcat fighter jets awaiting demolition at 
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Tucson, Ariz. U.S. 
The funds allocated to foreign countries each year by Congress, go to shore up regimes "Friendly" to the USA. Countries like Iraq and Lebanon receive millions in US AID that is NOT ever spent in the USA or returned. There are NO demands to them to REPAY.
Yet when it comes to Israel the AID package money goes to purchase US military equipment, some new and some surplus.

For example basic necessities like ammunition -from 5.56mm bullets to 155mm Artillery shells to Hellfire missiles. Israel even buys army boots and uniforms.

If you have a basic knowledge of production you would know that in all forms of production you do not produce, or put into production the exact amount of items needed. Due to the strict demands of "ISO" quality control restrictions you always add, let us say 10 to 15% more to your production line in case of rejection or ruin. So what happens to those let us say one thousand extra boots or ten Humvees or M-16's? What do you think? They sell them off as surplus.
You paid the company with your tax money to produce them, by contract and in order to recuperate your investment you earmark them as military aid for Egypt or Lebanon. Then you deduct the money from their aid package which is never repaid.
As for Israel, Israel orders from US suppliers and their orders give jobs and taxes back into the US economy. In addition to which the US military gains valuable research and development knowledge from the usage performed under combat conditions by the IDF. Of course you will not like this part but this exchange of technical knowledge has saved hundreds of millions of US tax dollars and US military lives.

Since the US military orders the production each year of numerous items for strategic reserve it cannot keep some equipment for extended periods in storage without renewal, Many of these items are sold off at reduced prices to recuperate partial production cost. This cycle of renewal prevents the closure of many factories and production lines, thereby giving jobs to many good hard working patriotic Americans.

I ask why are people not condemning the misuse of millions in US tax money that goes to feed the UNWRA Palestinian "refugees" for more than 60 years now? Besides if you pay Saudi Arabia $130 for a barrel of oil that cost less than $10 to produce why not have them foot the bill and resettle the refugees as citizens as Israel did for their brothers who where, denote the word 'where' refugees.
Aren't you sick and tired of paying out of the nose to corrupt officials in the Arab world?

What about wasted tax dollars going to pay inflated salaries and anti American feelings and actions at the UN?

To all the people of the free world who spend billions in your hard earned US $ and Euros tax to foot the bill for UNWRA and other organizations Please note that you are supporting the ongoing saga of lies propagated by Palestinian “refugees’ and the Swiss Bank accounts of their leaders. Ask yourselves Why their Arabs brothers who swim in trillions of  $ and Euros € cannot foot the bill for their mistakes?

The pro-“Falestinian” and their idiot HOIZs -Haters Of Israel and Zionism supporters and perpetrators of lies constantly attempt to arouse hatred towards Israel. They wrongly state that the United States has sustained Israel with massive economic and military assistance since its founding. This is a blatant lie since it is a historical fact that the major supplier of military arms to Israel until 1967 was France and NOT the USA. This is revealed, for example, in Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearings held on June 9, 1967:
"It is a fact, is it not, that neither Soviet Russia nor the United States has given any material amounts of arms to Israel, and, if that is true, are they not relatively independent in their thinking at this point?
US Secretary of State Dean Rusk (from 1961-1969):
No, we have provided tanks and Hawk missiles and certain other kinds of equipment to
Israel, but their principal arms supplier has been France... The Israeli air force is almost all French supplied."
The US had gained the needed leverage on Israel by 1975 by its resupply of badly needed military supplies and equipment through the air-lift. The Yom Kippur war made it clear to Israel that the scale of military engagements in the Middle East had altered radically since 1967, and that it could therefore no longer be independent militarily. The dramatic lesson that was learned by Israel in the intensive fighting of the Yom Kippur War was that the quantities of arms and materiel consumed in just a few days of fighting demanded an industrial capacity that could not be provided by the Israeli military industries. The technological innovations that were needed at that time were beyond the capabilities of Israel.

Kissinger may have persuaded Nixon to resupply the Israelis in 1973, however Kissinger then used this leverage purchased by resupply to push for Israeli withdrawals in Sinai. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was apparently the only one who had read the
Middle East policy map correctly. He understood that if he could move Egypt into the American orbit and offer a "diplomatic horizon" for peace, he would be able to get back the Sinai Peninsula.

For the standard anti-Zionists of all kinds, it is very convenient to point to the large amounts of foreign aid given to
Israel as Mr. Dean alludes to. Of course, that aid is given to ensure that Israel will remain compliant with US wishes, and prevent a repetition of the Six Day War scenario, as mentioned above in the Senate hearings, which was a nightmare for the US State Department. Israel's appearance as an independent regional player in 1967 showed that it was in a position to dictate the course of it's own affairs. This was in direct contradiction to what an imperialist power could allow.

It is a historically documented fact that
Israel paid cold hard cash for all military equipment it received up until the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Israel does purchase fighter aircraft made in America by American workers at the cost of billions of US tax dollars. What Mr. Dean and other "Haters of Israel" fail to mention is that the billions in US aid given to Israel allows Israel to use the “credit loans” or monetary aid funds to purchase military supplies and equipment made in American factories by American Working men and women thereby creating a need/market to keep Americans at work!
What is never mentioned is that
Israel's purchases of new equipment, light arms ammunition, shoes and clothing in the US has been done at the expense of the closure of Israel businesses and industries. This has caused the lost of jobs for thousands of Israelis many of whom were from financially depressed "Development Towns".

Just this year the US House committee approved the additional $175 million for funding the Iron Dome missile defense system on condition that parts and components are purchased from American contractors thereby returning more than half of the funds provided for it by the Pentagon to the US economy! Meaning that the US employees of those contractors, who pay taxes, are actually keeping their jobs thanks to Israel!



Another item the "Haters of Israel" consistently fail to mention is that the "Palestinians" receive billions in “humanitarian aid" which goes into private Swiss accounts of corrupt "Palestinian" Authority officials or it goes to buy Russia, Chinese and North Korean weaponry. Neither do they mention that the Arab countries around Israel have consistently ignored the plight of their "Palestinian" Arab brothers and have kept those displaced in the 1948 Israeli War of Independence in squalid UN (read hundreds of millions in US funding over the past 62 years) refugee camps.

Has any one EVER pointed out or asked WHY the Arab countries; Lebanon, Syria and Jordan that these "refugees" live in, forcibly keep them in the camps and NEVER allowed them to become viable citizens of Arab countries? Emile Ghoury, secretary of the Palestinian Arab Higher Committee, in an interview with the Beirut Telegraph published on Sept. 6, 1949, stated:

"The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the act of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state. The Arab states agree upon this policy unanimously and they must share in the solution of the problem.”



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