Obama Approves $30 Billion in Military Aid to Israel Over Next Decade

Obama Approves $30 Billion in Military Aid to Israel Over Next Decade

Posted By Jason Ditz On December 18, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

As the single largest expense of the 2010 foreign aid budget, President Obama approved $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel, the first payment in a decade-long commitment that will reach at least $30 billion.

Last year, Israel’s military budget amounted to $13.3 billion, so the US funding is a significant portion of their overall expenditure. The US formerly provided both military and civilian aid, but it has since been folded entirely into military aid, at Israel’s request.

The money is not a blank check, however. The US requires that Israel spend at least 75% of the money given in military aid with US military contractors, effectively using the foreign aid budget to subsidize domestic weapon-makers.

In addition to military aid, the US also provides $3.148 billion in loan guarantees to Israel, part of a Treasury Department program aimed at keep Israel’s debt manageable. Ironically, though the US budget is spiraling out of control and America’s own debt continues to rise, there was no serious debate of reducing aid to Israel.

The budget also pledges $500 million in American aid to the Fatah Party’s Palestinian Authority. This aid is contingent on certain requirements, including that the group recognize Israel. This funding is distinct from any funding the CIA may give the Palestinian Authority’s security forces, which would be secret.


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9 Responses to “Obama Approves $30 Billion in Military Aid to Israel Over Next Decade”

  • Patriot says:

    What motivated the 9/11 hijackers? See testimony most didn’t

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1bm2GPoFfg

    Ray McGovern: Shining Light on Roots of Terrorism

    http://america-hijacked.com/2009/11/15/ray-mcgovern-shining-light-on-roots-of-terrorism/

    Additional at following URL:

    The Gorilla in the Room is US Support for Israel

    http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/wake-up-america-your-government-is-hijacked-by-zionism/2005/08/05/the-gorilla-in-the-room-is-us-support-for-israel.php

  • Patriot says:

    General James David (Ret) is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby (AIPAC and similar) on the US political system and media:

    General (Ret) James David wrote:

    Obama Approves $30 Billion Military Aid To Americans will need to make sacrifices in the coming years due to our current $13 trillion national debt. Although Americans will need to make sacrifices the state of Israel will continue to get more of American taxpayer dollars than ever before. The U.S. is fast to accuse rogue nations of being corrupt and dishonest but America may have the most corrupt and dishonest leaders of all.
    Just before he left for his Hawaii vacation President Obama was able to quietly get this bill signed without any of the media involved. When will the American people understand that the more we give to Israel the more arrogant they become. As I write this note today, the Israeli government continues to thumb its nose at the U.S. and announces its plans to confiscate more Palestinian land and to build more illegal settlements in Palestinian East Jerusalem. U.S.: Israel plan to build in East Jerusalem harms peace process – Haaretz – Israel News ( http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1138202.html ). And just this past weekend the Israelis attacked the West Bank and killed 6 Palestinians. Israeli troops kill 6 Palestinians – CNN.com ( http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/12/26/israel.palestinians/index.html ) It only proves that the more we give to the state of Israel the less chances for any kind of peace. If you analyze world history you will see that U.S. support for Israel only brings more violence. Polls show that 89% of the American people opposes any aid to Israel. That means the 11% Zionist minority has turned the 89% non-Zionist majority into tax slaves for a foreign power. When will the American people wake up to this corrupt state of affairs?

    Obama Approves $30 Billion Military Aid To Israel Over Next Decade

    http://www.therightperspective.org/2009/12/20/obama-approves-30billion-military-aid-to-israel-over-next-decade/

    US President Barack Obama, considered by some to be anti-Israeli, has approved US$2.775 billion in military aid to Israel, marking the first payment in a decade-long commitment that will reach at least $30 billion ( http://www.americanthinker.com/2007/03/barack_obama_and_israel_1.html ).

    Israel’s military budget for 2008 amounted to $13.3 billion ( http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=3679025 ), so a significant portion of their overall expenditure is funded by the United States. America once provided both military and civilian aid to Israel, but at Israel’s request it has since been folded entirely into military aid.

    The money does not come as a blank check, as the US requires that Israel spend at least 75% of the funding given in military aid with US military contractors, effectively using the foreign aid budget to subsidize domestic weapon-makers.

    In addition to military aid, the US also provides $3.148 billion in loan guarantees to Israel ( http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSNYS00762020091215?type=marketsNews ), part of a Treasury Department program aimed at keep Israel’s debt manageable.

    The budget also pledges $500 million in American aid to the Fatah Party’s Palestinian Authority ( http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3821976,00.html ). This aid is contingent on certain requirements, including that the group recognize Israel. This funding is distinct from any funding the CIA may give the Palestinian Authority’s security forces ( http://america-hijacked.com/2009/12/17/cia-role-increasingly-apparent-as-human-rights-plummet-in-palestine/ ), which would be secret.

    Posted in Defeat Obama Central, War On Terror.

    Tagged with Israel, Obama.

  • Patriot says:

    General (Ret) James David (who wrote the following intro) is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby (AIPAC and similar) on the US political system and media:

    Jerusalem Mayor: U.S. criticism won’t halt construction in city
    Wednesday, December 30, 2009 11:36 AM
    From: General (Ret) James David

    No, but I bet if there was a threat to cut off U.S. aid to Israel then we’d hear a different kind of response. Sometimes I wonder if these actions taken by Israel are done intentionally just to anger Muslims into committing more terror that only helps Israel’s relations with America. It also helps to justify Israel’s crimes against Palestinians. Remember, on the day of the 9-11 attacks, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked what the attacks would mean for US-Israeli relations. His quick reply was: “It’s very good……. Well, it’s not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy (for Israel)”

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1138801.html

    Last update – 20:15 30/12/2009

    Jerusalem Mayor: U.S. criticism won’t halt construction in city

    By Haaretz Staff

    Tags: Israel news, Jerusalem

    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat vowed Wednesday that criticism from the United States would not have any impact on construction in the city, Israel Radio reported.

    Speaking during a tour of the neighborhood of Gilo, Barkat said that the demand to halt construction in Jerusalem only for Jews would not be legal anywhere in the world.

    The White House made clear in a statement Tuesday that it opposes new Israeli construction in East Jerusalem, which is predominantly Arab and tapped by the Palestinians to be the capital of a future state.
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    “Neither party should engage in efforts or take actions that could unilaterally preempt, or appear to preempt, negotiations. Rather, both parties should return to negotiations without preconditions as soon as possible,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

    Gibbs was referring to the plan to build 692 housing units in the Jewish neighborhoods of Neveh Yaakov, Har Homa and Pisgat Ze’ev in East Jerusalem.

    But, according to a senior official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bureau, “everything was carried out with transparency vis-a-vis the Americans, even if there are disagreements.”

    Israel announced several weeks ago that it was launching a 10-month suspension of construction in the West Bank, a move that was welcomed by the international community but also criticized as it failed to include East Jerusalem.

  • Patriot says:

    Obama Administration Takes from American Farmers, Gives to Israel

    Policy change slips in under the radar

    Alison Weir
    October 23, 2009

    At a time of financial crisis in the United States in which thousands of Americans have lost their jobs and homes, an Israeli news service reports that President Obama has just signed a presidential memo eliminating a tariff on Israel that protected American dairy farmers and that raised money for the American economy.1

    In addition, according to the Israeli report, US trade authorities have ordered the return of $17,000 to an Israeli export agent for a levy paid for butter produced by an Israeli company.

    The move comes at a time when American dairy farmers have been facing what industry representatives call a “crisis.” According to the National Milk Producers Federation website, “U.S. dairy producers have been facing unprecedented losses over the past year due to low milk prices and high input costs. The dire economic straits have forced many dairy farmers to exit the industry, oftentimes having to sell their herds or farms.”2

    According to the news report by Israeli wire service Ynet, the Obama memo, which was signed several days ago, removed the import subcharge on dairy products from Israel.

    The report noted that such levies are important for protecting local production against competing imports, “which put the local production at risk.” The levy is required from most countries that export dairy products to the U.S.

    According to Ynet, Israeli agricultural attaché Yaakov Poleg was able to convince the US that “the trade agreement between Israel and the US prohibits placing taxes on exports from Israel.”

    However, this tax was required under previous American administrations.

    The Ynet report quotes Israeli export agent Dudu Buch, whose company is to receive the $17,000, as taking credit for obtaining this change in US policy.

    Buch states: “My American colleague was under a lot of pressure and almost gave up, saying that if the American system imposed a protection levy it would last forever.”

    Buch goes on to say, “I told him that we Israelis can think differently. I turned to the Agriculture Ministry’s representative at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, and the matter was dealt with quickly.”

    Israel’s attaché was particularly pleased that this change was made through a presidential memo, rather than through normal channels, stating “… in light of the fact that Israel was removed from the list through a presidential declaration, there is no fear that it will be placed on us again in the future.”

    According to Ynet, Israeli dairy exports to the US are “constantly on the rise,” a situation that could hurt US dairy farmers.

    The Obama memo would seem to hinder what the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) described in July as a broad effort, which included the US Department of Agriculture, “to reverse the current dairy crisis.”

    The DFA emphasized: “Every initiative we can successfully implement to bolster milk prices makes a vital difference to the dairy farmers who are fighting hard to maintain their livelihoods.”3

    Yesterday the organization mailed out a special cash payment to dairy farmers around the country to help “bridge the gap” to a full recovery, stating that it recognized “that our members have a long road ahead as they heal from this difficult year. Our intent is that this special cash payment will help these dedicated farmers hang on until recovery is in full swing and positive cash flows return.”4

    No one at the US Department of Agriculture contacted for information about this policy change had been aware that it had been implemented. Some suggested that it might be related to a free trade agreement with Israel signed in 1985, but had no information as to why an ongoing US policy had been modified by presidential order.

    Council for the National Interest President Eugene Bird objected to the change: “Once again we see Israel receiving special treatment, at the cost to Americans. Even American citizens who oppose protective tariffs want to see a fair and equitable policy. Instead we have a policy change — implemented without public input or debate — that benefits one of the richest nations on earth, and a nation that consistently flouts US laws and policies.”

    Israel is generally rated as having the 17th wealthiest population in the world.5

    Bird also noted that Israel, in violation of US trade agreements, has been blocking some American products entirely. “A serious look should be taken at how Israel has prevented certain American products from being imported into Israel,” Bird said, “for example orange juice.”

    In addition, Bird pointed out that for decades Israeli policies have prevented Palestinian exports, creating extreme financial hardship that has escalated in recent years. Numerous Palestinian farmers have lost their livelihoods, and unemployment and malnutrition are being seen in Gaza at what the Red Cross has called “devastating” levels.6,7,8
    Notes

    1. http://www.ynet.co.il/english/articles/0,7340,L-3792821,00.html
    2. http://www.nmpf.org/milk_pricing/NMPF_actions
    3. http://www.dfamilk.com/newsroom/pr/090731_support.htm
    4. http://www.dfamilk.com/newsroom/pr/091006_payment.htm
    5. http://www.worldsalaries.org/total-personal-income.shtml
    6. http://www.economist.com/world/middleeast-africa/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14660454
    7. http://www.counterpunch.org/roy10042006.html
    8. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/chronic-malnutrition-in-gaza-blamed-on-israel-1019521.html

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