Obama uses bribes to increase Israel’s $3.2 billion annual military aid

General (Ret) James David (who sent through the following) 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:

Obama uses bribes to increase Israel’s $3.2 billion annual military aid

Monday, October 4, 2010 12:55 PM
From: General (Ret) James David

Barak Obama promises to increase Israel’s $3.2 billion annual military aid if Israel extends the settlement building freeze another 60 days.  This president should be impeached for wasting America’s tax dollars in order to bribe Israel to the peace tables in order to make his administration look good for the November elections.  Make sure to read the last paragraph of the article below.  If you read closely you can see now why Israel has hyped up Iran as a threat to Israel’s security.  It was just another one of their schemes in order to justify the U.S. to give more military aid to Israel.  And like suckers, our government fell for it.
 
Netanyahu trying to convince top ministers to extend settlement freeze – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
 
  Published 19:24 04.10.10 Latest update 19:24 04.10.10

Netanyahu trying to convince top ministers to extend settlement freeze

Premier to convene his Forum of Seven for a session on Tuesday over 60-day moratorium in exchange for U.S. guarantees; if majority are in favor, he plans to bring the matter to political-security cabinet at once for a vote.

By Barak Ravid and Haaretz Service

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene his forum of top ministers on Tuesday afternoon to debate extending Israel’s moratorium on construction in West Bank settlements for 60 days.

The concession would be made in exchange for a series of reported U.S. guarantees in Israel’s direct peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Israel halted construction temporarily for 10 months, a freeze that ended on September 26.

Gush Etzion - AP - Sept. 9, 2010. Construction work in Elazar, a settlement in the Gush Etzion bloc, in July 2010.
Photo by: AP

The Palestinians have said they would not continue the recently renewed negotiations unless Israel agreed to halt construction again. The Obama administration has urged Israel to reconsider its refusal of that demand.

If Netanyahu succeeds in convincing the Forum of Seven to accept an extension of the construction freeze, he plans to bring the matter to the political-security cabinet for a vote later Tuesday.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Labor) and Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Dan Meridor (Likud) are expected to support Netanyahu’s position, while Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) is likely to present the greatest opposition.

Netanyahu is pinning his hopes now on Ministers Benny Begin (Likud), Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) and Eli Yishai (Shas). The prime ministers has already met with Begin over the last few days in an attempt to convince him to change his previously expressed opposition to extending the freeze.

The prime minister has an interest in reaching a cabinet decision on the matter before the Arab League follow-up committee meets in Libya on Friday to deliver its own stance on whether peace negotiations should continue.

Netanyahu told ministers on Monday that Israel and the United States were holding behind-the-scenes talks geared at resolving a recent deadlock in Middle East peace talks with the Palestinians, adding that peace was Israel’s vital interest.

The prime minister said that Israel was “in the midst of sensitive diplomatic contacts with the U.S. administration in order to find a solution that will allow the continuation of the talks.”

“We will quietly consider the situation and the complex reality away from the spotlights,” the premier said, advising fellow cabinet members to be “patient, act responsibly, calmly and – above all – quietly. This is exactly what we must do.”
Netanyahu also reiterated his commitment to the latest round of direct peace talks, saying that Israel had fully “lived up to our commitment, a difficult commitment that we took upon ourselves”

“Now there is interest in continuing the peace negotiations,” the premier added, saying peace was “a vital interest for the State of Israel.”

Netanyahu’s comments came as a report by the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat quoted Israeli officials as saying earlier Monday that Netanyahu had agreed to extend Israel’s freeze on settlement construction by two months.

The Asharq al-Awsat report came amid recent claims that U.S. President Barack Obama had offered Netanyahu an incentive package in exchange for keeping settlement construction at bay, a move which could quell Palestinian concerns over settlement building and consequently bring them back to the negotiations table.

According to Israeli sources quoted in the report, Netanyahu expressed his preliminary approval to extend Israel’s moratorium on settlement building, adding that he conditioned such a move on a list of U.S. assurances, which included a continued IDF presence in the Jordan valley and continued U.S. political and military support.

Sources quoted in the Asharq al-Awsat piece also said Netanyahu claimed that the assurances listed would aid him in the face of the widespread internal opposition expected to such a move.

Speaking at a meeting of Likud ministers which took place shortly before a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Monday, Netanyahu made a possible reference to the Asharq al-Awsat report, saying that the time was not ripe “for issuing statements.”

“We have no interest in causing an uproar, Neither do I have the possibility of denying the baseless media report,” Netanyahu said, adding that he had “an interest in responding calmly and responsibly in order to advance the diplomatic process.” Last week, the White House denied that Obama sent Netanyahu a letter proposing a set of U.S. guarantees to Israel in exchange for Israel extending a freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank for another two months.

“No letter was sent to the Prime Minister. We are not going to comment on sensitive diplomatic matters,” said Benjamin Chang, the deputy spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

It is not clear, however, whether Obama could have made the offer via means other than a letter.

Obama’s letter was said to include a long list of American favors in exchange for an extension of the settlement building freeze, which ended this week. Most of these favors are critical to Israel’s strategic security needs that Netanyahu has been demanding for years.

Other commitments that Obama reportedly offered Netanyahu in the letter include an agreement not to ask for any more building freeze extensions, an agreement to veto any anti-Israel UN Security Council resolution in the next year, and an agreement that the future fate of the settlements be dealt with only as part of a final status agreement with the Palestinians.

Obama’s letter was said to include additional commitments, including a series of guarantees to prevent the smuggling of weapons and missiles into a Palestinian state, a lengthy period of interim security arrangements in the Jordan Valley and a comprehensive regional defense pact for protection from Iran to follow the establishment of the Palestinian state.

The American president also reportedly vowed to upgrade Israel’s security capabilities and increase the three billion dollar security aid package that Israel receives annually. The letter included commitments to advanced weapons and early warning systems, including satellites.

5 Responses to “Obama uses bribes to increase Israel’s $3.2 billion annual military aid”

  • Patriot says:

    The Peace Process: Magical Thinking and the Suspension of Disbelief (by friend and retired CIA analyst Kathy Christison):

    http://www.fosna.org/content/peace-process-magical-thinking

    Kathleen and Bill Christison on the phone (sadly Bill Christison passed away earlier this year):

    http://neoconzionistthreat.blogspot.com/2007/10/kathleen-and-bill-christison-on-phone.html

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    Obama letter confirms Palestinian fears
    Jonathan Cook

    Obama’s Cave-In to Israel

    http://www.counterpunch.org/cook10042010.html

    October 4, 2010

    The disclosure of the details of a letter reportedly sent by US President Barack Obama last week to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will cause Palestinians to be even more skeptical about US and Israeli roles in the current peace talks.

    According to the leak, Obama made a series of extraordinarily generous offers to Israel, many of them at the expense of the Palestinians, in return for a single minor concession from Netanyahu: a two-month extension of the partial freeze on settlement growth.

    A previous 10-month freeze, which ended a week ago, has not so far been renewed by Netanyahu, threatening to bring the negotiations to an abrupt halt. The Palestinians are expected to decide whether to quit the talks over the coming days.

    Netanyahu was reported last week to have declined the US offer.

    The White House has denied that a letter was sent, but, according to the Israeli media, officials in Washington are privately incensed by Netanyahu’s rejection.

    The disclosures were made by an informed source: David Makovsky, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a close associate of Dennis Ross, Obama’s chief adviser on the Middle East, who is said to have initiated the offer.

    The letter’s contents have also been partly confirmed by Jewish US senators who attended a briefing last week from Ross.

    According to Makovsky, in return for the sixty-day settlement moratorium, the US promised to veto any UN Security Council proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the next year, and committed to not seek any further extensions of the freeze. The future of the settlements would be addressed only in a final agreement.

    The White House would also allow Israel to keep a military presence in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley, even after the creation of a Palestinian state; continue controlling the borders of the Palestinian territories to prevent smuggling; provide Israel with enhanced weapons systems, security guarantees and increase its billions of dollars in annual aid; and create a regional security pact against Iran.

    There are several conclusions the Palestinian leadership is certain to draw from this attempt at deal-making over its head.

    The first is that the US president, much like his predecessors, is in no position to act as an honest broker. His interests in the negotiations largely coincide with Israel’s.

    Obama needs a short renewal of the freeze, and the semblance of continuing Israeli and Palestinian participation in the “peace process,” until the US Congressional elections in November.

    Criticism by the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington may damage Obama’s Democratic party unless he treads a very thin line. He needs to create the impression of progress in the Middle East talks but not upset Israel’s supporters by making too many demands of Netanyahu.

    The second conclusion — already strongly suspected by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, and his advisers — is that Netanyahu, despite his professed desire to establish a Palestinian state, is being insincere.

    The White House’s private offer meets most of Netanyahu’s demands for US security and diplomatic assistance even before the negotiations have produced tangible results. For Netanyahu to reject the offer so lightly, even though the US was expecting relatively little in return, suggests he is either in no mood or in no position to make real concessions to the Palestinians on statehood.

    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported last Friday that senior White House officials were no longer “buying the excuse of political difficulties” for Netanyahu in holding his right-wing governing coalition together. If he cannot keep his partners on board over a short freeze on illegal settlement building, what meaningful permanent concessions can he make in the talks?

    The third conclusion for the Palestinians is that no possible combination of governing parties in Israel is capable of signing an agreement with Abbas that will not entail significant compromises on the territorial integrity of a Palestinian state.

    One US concession — allowing Israel to maintain its hold on the Jordan Valley, nearly a fifth of the West Bank, for the foreseeable future — reflects a demand common to all Israeli politicians, not just Netanyahu.

    In fact, the terms of Obama’s letter were drafted in cooperation with Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister and leader of the supposedly left-wing Labor party. When he was prime minister a decade ago, he insisted on a similar military presence in the Valley during the failed Camp David talks.

    Ariel Sharon, his successor and founder of the centrist Kadima party, planned a new section of the wall to divide the Jordan Valley from the rest of the West Bank, though the scheme was put on hold after American objections.

    Today, most Palestinians cannot enter the Jordan Valley without a special permit that is rarely issued, and the area’s tens of thousands of Palestinian inhabitants are subjected to constant military harassment. B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, has accused Israel of a “de facto annexation” of the area.

    But without the Jordan Valley, the creation of a viable Palestinian state — even one limited to the West Bank, without Gaza — would be inconceivable. Statehood would instead resemble the Swiss-cheese model the Palestinians have long feared is all Israel is proposing.

    Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. His latest books are Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East (Pluto Press) and Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair (Zed Books). His website is http://www.jkcook.net.

    A version of this article originally appeared in The National (http://www.thenational.ae/), published in Abu Dhabi.

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    http://stephensizer.blogspot.com/2010/10/no-negotiations-in-shadow-of.html

    Tuesday, 5 October 2010

    No Negotiations in the Shadow of the Settlements

    The Obama Administration is desperate to win a continuation of the so-called “Settlement Moratorium” but only for another 60 days. Why? Just to get the Democrats through the mid-term elections or to secure a secure and lasting peace? Can Obama really achieve that in 60 days? I don’t think so. The sweeteners on offer demonstrate how desperate his Administration is to buy time. But this shameless bribery will come back to haunt the US if Netanyahu can be incentivised…

    Diplomats report increased annoyance in Washington over Mr Netanyahu’s rejection of a draft letter drawn up by the State Department and a senior Israeli official promising – in return for a 60-day extension of the moratorium – massive military aid, a veto on any UN Security Council resolution criticising Israel over the next year, and support for a continued Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley after the launch of a Palestinian state. The draft also reportedly contained a pledge not to ask for a further extension after the 60-day period ran out. US presidential envoy George Mitchell and EU High Representative Cathy Ashton both visited the region last week in a vain effort to break the impasse. …
    Vain it is, and foolish too. It is the Palestinian leadership who appear principled and resolute.

    But Mr Abbas and his negotiating team point out that they are asking for no more than did the 2003 internationally agreed Road Map, which called for a complete halt to settlement activity – which most of the international community regards as illegal under international law – and the withdrawal of settlement outposts illegal even under Israeli law. But without an immediate end to the impasse in sight, yesterday’s PLO decision was endorsed publicly by Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Mr Abbas, who told reporters after the executive meeting: “There will be no negotiations in the shadow of continued settlement.”
    The Israeli, and more importantly, the US Administration, need to hear what the Palestinians, the UN and the rest of the wortld is saying “read my lips. Sweeteners will rot your teeth. There will be no negotiations in the shadow of continued settlement.”

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    Jimmy Carter: Israel Must Halt Settlement Building

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/04/earlyshow/main6925356.shtml

    http://bit.ly/cXDexE

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    FOR PEACE ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS MUST STOP! Why? Look at this:

    http://ow.ly/2DPhx

  • Patriot says:

    Palestinian mosque torched, allegedly by Jews

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2010/10/04/2741112/palestinian-mosque-torched-allegedly-by-jews

    PressTV – Israeli extremists set mosque ablaze
    http://www.presstv.com

    http://www.presstv.com/detail/145125.html

    LA Times: West Bank mosque attacked: Palestinian officials say Jewish settlers sprayed Hebrew graffiti and..

    http://bit.ly/coKkLy

    Israeli settlers set mosque on fire: Prayer rugs and Quran copies damaged after attack in Beit Fajjar, near Bethle…

    http://aje.me/cAHRxA

    Mosque in West Bank ‘set on fire’: The Israeli army is investigating Palestinian reports that a mosque in the occu…

    http://bbc.in/aHbnAR

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    US support of Israel primary motivation for tragic attacks on World Trade Center on 9/11 and earlier in 1993 as well (look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book and take a look at the following youtube as well):

    What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!

    http://tinyurl.com/911motivation

    http://tinyurl.com/motivation911

    Pro-Israel biased media threatening US security:

    http://tinyurl.com/proisraelbiasedmedia

    Pro-Israeli Bias In The Media

    http://www.israelvworld.com/pro-israeli_bias.htm

    General Petraeus Leaked Emails about Israel:

    http://tinyurl.com/petraeusinnewstatesman

    CNN apparently censors following report online so American domestic audience can’t see such!:

    CNN: Israel Settlers violence and destruction on Palestinian families: http://ow.ly/2JXjj

  • Israel wins again. What good is it? Freeze-NOT Stop but freeze the building of settlements for 2 months, and Israel will get anything it wants.

  • Phillip F Tourney says:

    Israel WINS again as always the world loses CHECK MATE.

  • Phillip F Tourney says:

    Rachel,
    Yes Israel wins again when it comes to what they want they get.The Palestinians get the shaft once more.
    When Israel wins the world is going down the ash pit of history GOD help us.

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