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:
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
Christians of the Holy Land
’60 Minutes’ Israel Story: Benjamin Netanyahu Reportedly Briefed On Envoy’s Attempt To Kill CBS Story
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
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:
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.
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.
|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.
General James David also wrote the following:
Has Ron Paul Sold Out To Israeli Lobby?
Ron Paul Shocks Campaign Staff With New Position On Israel
Ron Paul Gets One Wrong (by Philip Giraldi)
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’
In addition you might want to take a look at George Washington’s Farewell Address linked at the bottom of http://
Incredible for Ron Paul to cave like that especially with the following ’60 Minutes’ segment last night:
Christians of the Holy Land