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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U.S. to announce additional $1 billion to Israel

Sunday, May 13, 2012 6:37 AM

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/barak-panetta-to-announce-special-u-s-military-assistance-to-israel-1.430129

 

You must read some of the comments in reference to the below article from the Israeli news Haaretz.  These comments would never be allowed in the American media.   Here are some of them.
 
 
A Measure of Washington’s Corruption

  • By Fred S. Morrison
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:55PM

US with a national debt 7 times that of Israel U.S. gives billions. Panetta shows the American people he would trample on American children for his personal frame and power. Israel has plenty of money and yet they act like a parasite.

  • By Nick Potzayid, Montreal
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:51PM

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a strong point – Israel will be defeated without stating a war. That’s exact point ignored by the Bibi Netanyahu’s government and all specters of Israel political establishment. Economic and political downfall of America (the only one loyal supporter thanks to a powerful Jewish lobby in Washington D.C.) will isolate Israel within the global communities. Europe was and will be anti-Semitic till the end of our human history. So two simple options are left for Israel: 1. Introduce a stable and viable “state capitalism” economic system and distance itself from the deep pocket of Uncle Sam. American “pure” capitalism is over (read closely books of a brilliant scholar and a German Yid Karl Marx). 2. Expel without any mercy all Arabs from the Israeli territories, there will be absolutely no support (political or economic) to Israel after the fall of America in the near future.

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  • By Warren
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:36PM
  • By John-An America-Firster
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:32PM

If Americans don’t start removing the treasonous elected officials from office this absurd fiscal irresponsibility will continue. I will certainly be writing to my congressman to demand answers as to why they are cutting funding to domestic programs while increasing aid to a foreign country!

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  • By Marlem
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:28PM

Israel would have all the time to make an effort to establish friendly and peaceful relations with its neighbours. However, she prefers to consider its neighbours as potential enemies and has so far mainly engaged in armarment and bellicose issues, settlements and continued occupation. It is surprising that no other routes seem possible. Instead of forcing Israel to engage in peace, the U.S. has nothing else to do then to provi more weapons. This is defence of rockets coming from a place which is under Israeli siege. Stop the siege and blockade, allow people to live in freedom and the rockets will disappear.

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  • By Nol
  • 13 May 2012
  • 03:20PM

but because of the strong lobby its possible for america to give alomost 1 additional billion to warfare and acceptin landgrab.

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US approves 1 BILLION for Israeli missile systems while US faces economic woes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XSTdxI82i4

The Israel Lobby Never Sleeps (by Philip Giraldi)

http://thepassionateattachment.com/2012/05/09/the-israel-lobby-never-sleeps-2/

Ron Paul courageously against billions for defense (of Israel) as US states go broke:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/2012/05/09/billions-for-defense-of-israel/

Ron Paul only candidate to put America first:

 
Statement on US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012
 
 

Berman, Congressional Foreign Affairs Boss (before Congressman Howard McKeon took over the position), Cites Israel as a Prime Motivator in His Politics, Then Calls Israel Lobby a ‘Total Canard’

http://mondoweiss.net/2008/02/foreign-affairs.html

 
Press TV talks to James Morris on ‘CNN GOP Debate’
 
 
Ron Paul spot on with 9/11 Motivation:

http://tinyurl.com/ronpaulspotonwith911motivation

 
Romney Embraces the Neocons: http://tinyurl.com/romneyembracesneocons

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.

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