Originally posted by Lemon.Fresh
reply to post by Honor93
--Israel is only obligated to use 25% of its funding on American weaponry, not 'most of it' as others decry. --
Once again, the facts allude you.
Let me lay it out, with links and everything . . . just for you.
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wow, one typo and the 'machine' stops at nothing to declare its claim to fame ... fortunately, you are only partially correct. here, let's try some
Newer facts ... just in case your old data has clouded your view.
first, the typo = "American" in the sentence referencing 'obligated' weaponry purchases ...should have read "Israeli" ... which, in this corrected
statement, we agree, kinda.
Because Israel is limited in spending options of FMF funds and due to their NATO ally status enabling them to receive outdated equipment for free (in
many cases), there should be NO ... zip, zilch, nada, No US taxpayer funding of weapons development or procurement IN Israel ... they can produce and
fund their own.
from the Jewish Virtual Library & updated 2010 ... here's a clearer picture ...
Starting with fiscal year 1987, Israel annually received $1.2 billion in all grant economic aid and $1.8 billion in all grant military
assistance. In 1998, Israel offered to voluntarily reduce its dependence on U.S. economic aid. According to an agreement reached with the Clinton
Administration and Congress, the $1.2 billion economic aid package will be reduced by $120 million each year so that it will be phased out in ten
years (2008). Half of the annual savings in economic assistance each year ($60 million) will be added to Israel's military aid package in
recognition of its increased security needs. In 2005, Israel received $360 million in economic aid and $2.22 billion in military aid. In 2006,
economic aid is scheduled to be reduced to $240 million and military aid will increase to $2.28 billion.
Now, i'm not sure about others, but i cannot consciously support such an outlandishly wasteful abuse of funds in much greater need at home. I will
not pretend it doesn't matter, it DOES.
others can vacillate til their blood boils but it will not change the fact that we are wasting time, money and effort with ever dollar committed.
They haven't received economic assistance since 2007. As for propping up their military, That is their job, not Americas.
then of course, there is this little 'tidbit' which is quite likely the "hotpoint" of any negotiations with Palestine ...
February 2003 - Even
while cutting aid to Israel (which still was budgeted at $2.1 billion for military aid and $600 million for economic assistance), Congress included a
number of provisions in the aid bill viewed as favorable to Israel, including a provision that bars federal assistance to a future Palestinian
state until the current Palestinian leadership is replaced, and that state demonstrates a commitment to peaceful coexistence with Israel, and takes
measures to combat terrorism
whether this 'string' is impinging progress or not, one can only guess ... but, once the purse string is cut, other obstacles shall disappear
and when you look at a more complete picture, this emerges ...
Altogether, since 1949, Israel has received more than $106 billion in assistance.
This includes the four special allocations, the $10 billion in loan guarantees (spread over five years) approved in 1992, the $9 billion in guarantees
offered in 2003, and a variety of other smaller assistance-related accounts, such as refugee resettlement (nearly $1.6 billion overall since 1973),
the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad Program (ASHA), which supports schools, libraries and medical centers that demonstrate American ideas and
practices (($144 million), and cooperative development programs (a total of $186 million since 1981). The total does not include funds for
joint military projects like the Arrow missile
i could go on and on about the relentless funneling and circumventing of ill gotten gains which
seem to always revolve around Israel but that isn't what this topic is about.
As for your other personal attacks, only the weak minded and uneducated stoop to such levels. how's the view?
and, just in case you actually review facts once in awhile, here's the balance sheet from 1949 thru 2009 ...
Aid to Israel
you say Israel is required to use 75% for everything from defense to weaponry and that is a lie.
defense is a whole other budget often abused ... usually with a $$ triple digit million frequency.
combat weapons are often transferred at no or low cost, tis a benefit of being a NATO ally.
AND, they receive additional funds to fight ... drum roll please ... you guessed it ... Terrorism.
Talk about the "art of confusion" ... i give you credit, you are skilled ... as an example, why would you place these two sentences in the same
context ?? the first is an absolute lie and the second is not, however, you purposely mislead the reader ... hmmmm, wonder why?
In other words, all countries receiving FMF (Foreign Military Funding) must spend 100% of that money on US products.
Israel only has to spend 75% on US products, but the remaining 25% must be spent on products of Israel.
It is a bit difficult to spend the same dollar in 2 different countries ...
... and, Israel isn't 'producing' US products, so how
would they accomplish that btw?
oh and lastly, your "nail" is missing a point ... the 'contract' with Israel is refreshed regularly -- changes every few years and hasn't had a
requirement indicating content percentages in quite some time ... so your point is?
ps: hatred is a complete waste of perfectly good energy
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as a side note --> Israel does manufacturing (am not implying otherwise), however, i do find it remarkable that the primary weapons manufacturer is a
government-owned industry ... so, do tell us again where that 25% is likely to land? Not with the people of Israel or their children or their coffers
... but the Zionists in govt control.
The great majority of industries are privately owned, one exception being the government-run Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd., a defense and
civil aerospace manufacturer. Factories producing military supplies and equipment have expanded considerably since the 1967 war—a circumstance
that stimulated the development of the electronics industry.
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