The Best Congress Israel can Rent

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Best Congress Israel can Rent

I can understand why the president needs a vacation. But I doubt that ten days at Martha’s Vineyard will do it. I am not sure that the President of the United States ever getsa vacation. I can imagine that there is always someone following him around wherever he goes with a telephone and news reports. He would probably love to have a few days beyond the criticism of those who seem to be appalled that during a time of financial crisis he could think of anything but addressing their concerns.What I don’t understand is how so many members of our Congress who delight in questioning the President’s loyalty to the American people can take their own recess to spend time, not among their constituents, but in Israel. During this time of financial anxiety, members of Congress from all across America, are not home listening to the concerns of their own people. They are in Israel listening to the moans of the Israeli government. While Americans plead for action, our law makers are focused on the expansionist ambitions of another country. What a profound commitment for those elected to represent the needs of the people who voted for them.

I am also offended that the media in such countries as Britain, Iran, India and Lebanon found this conduct news worthy, while our own U.S. media has offered little, if any, coverage of this action of about a fifth of our congress who act as thought they have been elected to represent Israel.

Of course, to be fair, I understand that their first class trip to Israel is not just a free junket. In the words of Stephen Walt, our 55 Republican and 26 Democrat members of Congress are expected to dance to the piper’s tune:

Why do Congresspersons do this, especially when it is obvious that they ought to be worrying about conditions here at home? Mostly because such junkets burnish a legislator’s ‘pro-Israel’ credentials and facilitate campaign fundraising. … Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) has reassured Israelis that financial challenges “will not have any adverse effect on America’s determination to meet its promise to Israel.” Translation: we may be cutting Medicare and Social Security for U.S. citizens, but Israelis – whose country has the 27th highest per capita income in the world – will continue to get generous subsidies from Uncle Sucker.[1]

Josh Ruebner is more specific:

Members of Congress will be expected to sing for their lavish dinners by honoring President Bush’s 2007 pledge to provide the Israeli military with $30 billion of taxpayer-funded weapons, between 2009 and 2018. So far, proposed increases in military aid to Israel have been spared from the budgetary chopping block by President Obama and a compliant Congress that treats Israeli militarism as more sacrosanct than medical care for seniors.[2]

One thing for sure, our eighty-one will not be shown the conditions in which people are forced to live in Gaza and the West Bank. They will celebrate the greatness of Israel without giving one thought to the blood, pain and suffering that other people are paying for that “greatness.” They will not hear a word about Palestinian human rights or the right of Palestinians to live free of occupation. They will come home filled with the memory of Yad Vashem and a fear of saying anything that might offend Benjamin Netanyahu.

My main concern is not just the inability of Congress to address the financial needs of so many Americans but the lack of compassion on the part of our leaders for the suffering people of Palestine they so eagerly finance. Money to Israel means misery for the Palestinians. It’s unbelievable that our leaders cannot see this, or worse still, can see it very well and just don’t care.

Thomas Are
August 26, 2011

[1] Stephen M. Walt, The Greatest Elected Body that Money can Buy, (, August 11, 2011).
[2] Josh Ruebner, Robbing Peter to Pay Israel, ( . 


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5 Responses to “The Best Congress Israel can Rent”

  • MAN what else can be said other then they are hit men yes MURDERS for ISRAEL. They could care less about the MURDERS of the crew of the USS LIBERTY by the state of israel.
    OR the lives we PROUD AMERICANS are of our sons and daughters that are being killed every day all for the sake of the congress and there masters israel.
    Wake up AMERICA or is it to late already???? No more wars for israel no more money let them make it on there own they cry poor to us every day and they are a RICH SUPER power with no money problems.How dumb are the Americans in this country to give there money and blood to israel that could care less about you and your families?
    Go on you israel FIRSTERS you have just killed the USA and our way of life thanks a bunch.
    Phillip F Tourney
    Three Time USS Liberty Veterans President
    Author “WHAT I SAW THAT DAY”
    Saturdays 5 oclock MST

  • Patriot says:

    Call for Larry Toenjes (and Phil Tourney who made the above post) who is currently sailing to USS Liberty attack site:

  • Lujean rogers says:

    Sick of wars for rogue israel. Syria is no threat to US!!!
    Israel has cost Americans trillions in lost lives and treasure.
    Those wars and Israel are a the main threat to world peace
    And security. Demoralizing to America and lost respect.
    An appaling and dangerous situation.

  • Jim David says:

    81 Congressmen go on vacation to Israel while America sinks

    A leading pro-Israel lobby supporting the American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC), is shelling out millions to take 81 U.S. congressmen and their spouses on paid vacations to Israel
    during the summer recess period. Included in this group is my own congressman Tom Price of Georgia’s 6th District.

    The timing of this paid vacation couldn’t be any better for Israel with all the budget cuts in the U.S. about to begin and Israel’s recent announcement of more illegal settlement construction
    underway. This settlement construction on Palestinian land is the primary reason the U.S. has been unsuccessful getting the Palestinians back to the peace table.

    So, don’t be surprised if the $30 billion U.S. aid package to Israel is left unscathed and maybe an additional few hundred million thrown in to boot.

    When Congress says that all Americans, including veterans and seniors, must make sacrifices it never mentions the one group exempted from any cuts. Israel’s most crucial friends include top officials in Washington and the mass media of the U.S. Is it any wonder our country is in such a mess?


    Report: 81 congressmen going to Israel on break – Political Hotsheet – CBS News

    Israel to Get $30 Billion in Military Aid From U.S. – New York Times

    Israel Announces Expansion of East Jerusalem Settlements as International Community Scrambles

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