Distinguished Panel will Question Military Aid to Israel

May 23, 2011: Distinguished Panel will Question Military Aid to Israel
Council for the National Interest Foundation sponsors discussion
10:00AM, Monday, May 23, in the Zenger Room at the National Press Building

The Council for the National Interest Foundation* sponsors a press briefing on the topic “Questioning Military Aid to Israel,” in the Zenger Room of the National Press Building, on Monday, May 23, at 10am. Light refreshments will be served. Four distinguished speakers will participate:

Robert V. Keeley, former US Ambassador to Greece, Zimbabwe, and Mauritius. Recipient of the Christian Herter Award from the American Foreign Service Association for “extraordinary accomplishment involving initiative, integrity, intellectual courage, and creative dissent.”

Karen Kwiatkowski, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel whose assignments included duties as a Pentagon desk officer and a number of roles for the National Security Agency. Ms. Kwiatkowski holds a PhD from The Catholic University of America. 

Alison Weir, President of the Council for the National Interest Foundation, writes and speaks about a variety of Israel-Palestine issues. She has given talks at such venues as Harvard Law School, Stanford, Yale, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Naval Postgraduate Institute, and the Asia Media Summit in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. 

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served 18 years in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was Chief of Base in Barcelona from 1989 to 1992, and designated as the Agency’s senior officer for Olympic Games support. Mr. Giraldi holds an MA and PhD from the University of London.

The panelists will discuss and take questions on such issues as:

• Israel receives $3 billion in direct military assistance each year but that does not include special grants, co-production arrangements, and interest from the US treasury. Israel is ranked the 27th wealthiest nation in the world according to the International Monetary Fund.

• Israel not only has the latest US military technology, much of which is given to it free, but it also has, for example, all the “bells and whistles” that make an F-16 in the Israeli Air Force much more capable than an F-16 sold to the Saudi Arabians.

* The Council for the National Interest Foundation, 1250 4th St., SW, Washington, DC 20024, advocates a US foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values, protects our national interests, and contributes to a just solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. CNIF’s seeks to restore a political environment in which voters and their elected officials are free from the undue influence and pressure of foreign countries and their partisans.

CONTACT: Peter Gemma • petergemma@mac.com • 202-863-2951

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