Is Israel Really A Staunch Ally?
Allan Jefferys is a fine writer and I enjoy his columns. However, I disagree with his definition of Israel as “one of our staunchest allies.” It is the other way around. The United States continues to offer unconditional support to Israel, including:
— An unaccountable $4.3 billion in annual aid ($500 for each Israeli, every year).
— Exclusive, up-front total aid payments within the first 30 days, instead of four quarterly payments, costing U.S. taxpayers an additional $60 million annually.
— Loan guarantees enabling Israel to borrow from commercial banks at lower rates (costing U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars covering these guarantees).
— Guaranteeing Israel’s oil needs by maintaining a “Supplementary Strategic Reserve” in America.
— Military aid enabling Israel to purchase the widest array of weaponry at lower prices, with delivery priority; participation in joint research and funding Israel’s independent weapons research.
— Backing Israel diplomatically. (The U.S. has vetoed 42 United Nations security resolutions, to date, that were critical of Israel.)
And how has “our staunchest ally” responded to our unequivocal support?
— Israel refuses to sign the Nuclear and WMD Non-Proliferation Treaty.
— Israel continues to act against U.S./Middle East diplomatic interests.
— Israel sells U.S. military technologies to our potential enemies (e.g., China).
— Israel conducts espionage operations against the United States on U.S. soil.
— And, lest we forget, Israel’s unprovoked June 8, 1967, attack, in neutral waters, on the USS Liberty by Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats, killing 34 U.S. sailors and extensively damaging our flag-flying ship.
With “staunch allies” like this, who needs enemies?
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