Archive for April 23rd, 2012

Eric Alterman on AIPAC’s influence and US support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestiinians motivation for 911

Eric Alterman on AIPAC’s influence and US support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestiinians motivation for 911:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/305487-1

“60 Minutes” exposes the real problem, Israel

General (Ret) James David who 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 on the US political system and media) wrote the following

CBS needs to be praised for their courage in showing the latest “60 Minutes” that aired last night.  You would never see FOX having this courage. You need to take the time and watch it if you haven’t already seen it.  It’s a shame that more of the media don’t have this courage.
It made Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, look like an ass.  And that’s saying it mildly. He tried to blame the Muslims, like most ignorant fools try to do when, in fact, the problem is not with Muslims, but with the Israelis themselves.  Thank you CBS for showing the truth.
 
’60 minutes’ profiles Palestinian Christians
 
 

Christians of the Holy Land

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57417408/christians-of-the-holy-land/

’60 Minutes’ Israel Story: Benjamin Netanyahu Reportedly Briefed On Envoy’s Attempt To Kill CBS Story

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/60-minutes-israel-christians-netanyahu-kill-story_n_1449595.html

The above story ran on 60 Minutes tonight. It’s a powerful piece showing life under occupation, and a damning portrait of Michael Oren as the chief spokesperson for Israel’s unjust control over the West Bank. On the onerous permit regime that limits freedom of movement and defines Palestinian existence in the occupied territories Oren says, “It’s their inconvenience, it’s our survival.” Oren tries to blame the dwindling Christian community in the West Bank on Islamic extremism, and Palestinian Christians interviewed nearly break out laughing. Not surprisingly, Oren calls Israel’s Christian critics anti-Semites.

But perhaps the most revealing part of the show was Bob Simon sharing that Oren had complained to CBS News head Jeff Fager before the segment had even been aired, calling it “a hatchet job.”

From Tampa to CBS, the Light Is Shining Through

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/641/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1244720

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“It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”)
 
 
 
Reflections on Israel and Palestine: ‘I’ve Been Duped’
 

U.S. Republicans seek to provide Israel with $680 million for Iron Dome anti-missile system (as US states go broke!)

General (Ret) James David (who 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 on the US media and political system) wrote the following:

 

It doesn’t matter if it’s Republicans or Democrats.  The Israeli Lobby has corrupted both sides  and the American people pay the price.  Is this what you call cutting back on spending?  We need to clean up Washington and vote all these crooks out of office.  When will America wake up???
 
U.S. Republicans seek to provide Israel with $680 million for Iron Dome anti-missile system – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel
 
 
Published 02:18 21.04.12 Latest update 02:18 21.04.12

U.S. Republicans seek to provide Israel with $680 million for Iron Dome anti-missile system

So far, the United States has provided $205 million to support the Iron Dome effort; Obama administration plans to request unspecified level of funding from Congress to help expand the system.

By Reuters Tags: Iron Dome Israel US AIPAC Barack Obama

The United States would spend an additional $680 million through 2015 to strengthen Israel’s short-range rocket shield under a plan crafted by Republicans from the House of Representatives, two congressional staff members disclosed on Friday.

The figure could put election-year pressure on President Barack Obama’s administration to spell out what it deems suitable support for the “Iron Dome,” which has played an increasingly important role in Israeli security.

Iron Dome battery. An Iron Dome battery.
Photo by: Reuters
 

Israel has so far deployed three operating units of the system, which helped thwart Palestinian rocket salvos during a flare-up in fighting around the Gaza Strip last month. It has spoken of needing a total of 13 or 14 units to protect various fronts.

The system intercepted more than 80 percent of the targets it engaged in March when nearly 300 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israel, saving “many lives,” a U.S. Defense Department spokesman said on March 27.

The Obama administration plans to request an unspecified, “appropriate” level of funding from Congress to help expand the system based on Israeli requirements and production capacity, George Little, the Pentagon press secretary, said at the time.

There was no immediate official comment from the Obama administration on Republican plans to seek $680 million starting in the current fiscal year through fiscal 2015. It is not clear how the administration will view the proposal.

The matter may come up when panels of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee start crafting their version of the 2013 Defense Authorization Act next week or, failing that, when the full committee writes its bill in May.

So far, the United States has provided $205 million to support the Iron Dome effort, manufactured by Israel’s state-owned Raphael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. The system uses small radar-guided missiles to blow up in midair Katyusha-style rockets with ranges of 5 km (3 miles) to 70 km (45 miles), as well as mortar bombs.

A Republican congressional aide said the proposed additional $680 million would provide the batteries and interceptors needed to defend Israel, based on the current coverage and the arsenal available to Hamas and Hezbollah Islamist militants.

The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the biggest pro-Israel lobbying group, did not immediately respond to questions about what it deems the scope of Israel’s need.

Republicans critical of funding level

This year, Obama’s budget requests $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel, part of a 10-year, $30 billion U.S. commitment to the Jewish state’s security. None of that is scheduled to fund Iron Dome.

Top Republicans have criticized Obama for what they described as inadequate funding of U.S.-Israeli missile defense cooperation in his 2013 budget request released in February amid deficit-reduction requirements.

“We are deeply concerned that at a time of rising threats to our strongest ally in the Middle East, the administration is requesting record-low support for this vital defense cooperation program,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon, wrote in a February 14 letter to Obama.

Political analysts said U.S. and allied defense needs were often treated as wedge issues in election years along with other potential vote-getters.

Congressional Republicans may hope their strong support for “Iron Dome” will help “crack the normal two-to-one advantage Democrats usually enjoy with Jewish voters,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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General James David also wrote the following:

 

What a joke!!!!!   I wonder how many Republicans would stand up and vote to repeal this obnoxious waste of taxpayer money?
That’s right, Americans must suffer cuts in the budget but when it comes to Israel, we give them even more.  The only problem is that this money is used to confiscate more Palestinian land in order to build more illegal Jewish settlements that only extends the violence insuring there will never be peace.  But our duped American public believe that this money is well spent because their brains have been fried from watching too much FOX. 
And by the way, don’t try to link on to the above link because, whenever it comes to freedom of the press, it is freedom as long as it’s not critical of Israel.  This is why the link above has been forbidden access by the controlled media.  So, here is another link that you can read about in reference to how the Israeli lobby uses extortion tactics to guarantee each member of Congress votes “yes” to Israeli demands.  So the title of this message is very appropriate even if the initial intention wasn’t meant to be.  And as long as the Israeli lobby and the controlled media such as FOX continues to erroneously paint Israel as the victim when the opposite is the truth, the American taxpayer will continue to feed a mad monster in the Middle East.

Has Ron Paul Sold Out To Israeli Lobby?

Has Ron Paul Sold Out To Israeli Lobby?

Ron Paul Shocks Campaign Staff With New Position On Israel

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31148.htm

Ron Paul Gets One Wrong (by Philip Giraldi)

http://america-hijacked.com/2012/05/03/ron-paul-gets-one-wrong/

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I have been an ardent supporter of Ron Paul but he caved on this one.. I didn’t like it when he said that it wasn’t our business if Israel attacked Iran (as conveyed in the following Press TV interview) but of course it is when we provide Israel with BILLIONS of US dollars and weaponry which would enable such an attack. In addition, Dr. Paul doesn’t seem to understand how serious it is when he mentions that Israel should be allowed to move its capital to Jerusalem which is against international law and against official US State Department policy as well. Any supposed two-state solution whould involve Jerusalem as a shared city between Israelis and Palestinians (I happen to believe in the One-State Solution though). Again it is obvious that Dr. Paul caved on this one.. I am an independent and was going to switch back to Republican to vote for him in the primary but I am not going to bother doing that now.. I still may vote for him as a write-in in November if he comes back to reality with this one!:

Press TV talks to James Morris on ‘CNN GOP Debate’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtASJOjDU8

In addition you might want to take a look at George Washington’s Farewell Address linked at the bottom of http://astandforjustice.org/ as well. Israel murdered American sailors and marines on the USS Liberty as I have friends who were on that ship. Israel should never be cut any slack for such treachery. Israel is no friend of America as I don’t agree with Ron Paul’s position of wanting to let Israel do whatever it wants to using US taxpayer dollars for such! We can’t allow Israel to start WW3!

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Incredible for Ron Paul to cave like that especially with the following ’60 Minutes’ segment last night:

Christians of the Holy Land

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57417408/christians-of-the-holy-land/

’60 minutes’ profiles Palestinian Christians
 
 
“It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”)