I tried to piece together a rebut for the first two sections and it is quite lenghtly - Here it goes:
Due to the size of the document and the numerous issues brought up (either with citations or without) I would like to rebut this document in a phased
manner starting with the first two issues The Great Benefactor and A strategic liability.
The Great Benefactor
makes the usual argument put up by Arabs and Israel-bashers relating to the US financial support to Israel that started in 1975 and
continues till this day.
This is obviously true Israel but not as presented in the paper
. The paper
, although issued on March 2006, conveniently omits
information the fact that aid to Israel has been dwarfed by aid to rebuilding Iraq for the last 3 years (since 2003). This trend is clear since Iraq
will become a surrogate child of the US if the US plans come to fruition and will replace Israel as “the great benefactor”.
In addition, the paper
does not mention the exorbitant aid package Egypt receives although it is rarely in line with US policies.
Historically US military aid to Israel started around 1974 following the 1973 war to counter Soviet involvement in the middle east (a clear US
interest). Granted Israel has become an industrial nation with a high per capita income what was not pointed out though in the paper
financial aid to Israel has significantly reduced since 2000 and is currently at $240 million with a clear downward trend.
The Lavi project although introduced Israel to US technology and made the US foot the bill for it was not a plane the the US had no need for but posed
a threat on US interests which is why it was canceled. The LAVI reached the point in which it completed with the F-16.
The US has a direct interest in keeping Israel strong and technologically at the cutting edge. That is also the reason why every once in a while
there are controversies regarding Israel's dealings with China – which always results in Israel reneging on agreements with China. Incidentally
Israel has good relations with China which is also a US interest.
Israel uses most of US military aid on US products which supports US industries another US interest.
Regarding intelligence provided to Israel – well that is what friends do they share intelligence. Fact is that Israel provides tremendous amounts
of intel to the US as well. All those Israel-Bashers who cited the book “by way of deception” by Victor Ostrovsky must have read what he said
about the abundance of Intelligence Israel provided the US.
Regarding US assistance in the UN. Have you ever witnessed a more crooked group of politicians as in the UN – The food for oil scandal (exceeding
$21 billion), the UN involvement in the killing and kidnapping of 3 Israeli soldiers on the Lebanese border AFTER Israel withdrew from Lebanon, the
UNs consistent one sided condemnation of Israel while disregarding the aggressions of the other sides – As an example the condemnations of Israel
during the Al-aqtsa Intifadeh which never condemned the Palestinians for bombing school buses, restaurants, temples and cafes even though it was
Arafat's Fatah party who took responsibility for it. Therefore it is good that the US exists to BALANCE the inherent corruption and biased view
there is in the UN. Hell it took the UN 60 years to recognize the Holocaust as remembrance event even though a solidarity day with the Palestinian
people existed since the 70s. The UN condemnation of Israel is a hypocritical joke – No other country under the terror aggressions that Israel
suffered at the hands of the Arabs since the early 1900s (before Israels establishment) would have acted differently.
The security council consists of China (harvesting organs from convicts, Tienemin Square, host of other atrocities), Russia (the countless massacres
of Chechnians, destruction of Grosnia, the occupation of Afghanistan, shooting down of Korean airlines in the 1980s and a countless other atrocities),
England (occupation of Ireland, beatings of Iraqis) and the US being the permanent members while the rest are in rotation (except Israel). I think
that a better moral standing is required by the Security council before it can condemn any nation. It is a political forum of morally questionable
states. This mechanism is not a mechanism that can be used as a forum for bashing any nation who is politically weak. The Arabs have the Muslim
votes in the UN (over 50 countries), third world countries that are allied or dependent on oil rich Arab countries (additional dozen countries) and
the condescending European who feel high and mighty by their moral perspective who are only now learning the error of their ways thanks to the
Islamification of their respective countries.
Regarding Israeli settlement policies and the conflicts it causes with the US policy – As far as I recall, Israel is an independent state.
Settlements have been an Israeli interest and therefore it is Israel that decides what to do within their domain. The issue of settlements is an
issue that is debated in negotiations with the Palestinians. Since the Palestinians chose a path of war then the settlement issue will not be
resolved by negotiation but probably based on Israeli unilateral actions which will include dismantling some settlement, moving others into other
settlements and annexing settlements defined by Israel as necessary for Israeli interest. This is an issue which the Palestinians will loose out on
because of their decision to abandon the peace process and elect HAMAS.
A strategic liability
states that during the cold war Israel was a VERY valueable asset to the US but after the cold-war ended Israel has stopped being a
US asset. Do you honestly think the cold war era is over? I was told by a Russian friend of mine that if I think the cold war is over I am a fool.
You know what he is right. Putin is consistently stabbing the US in the back with Iran as he did with Iraq and Syria and that is what WE the
REgardless, assuming the cold war IS over - Do you have any idea how much intelligence Israel provides the US? Did you know what covert operations
Israel performs with the US and for the US? Did you know that Israel in desert storm provided the US with huge amounts of intelligence both before and
during the war and also was covertly deployed there? Do you know that Israel provided the US with warfare tactics and counter terror tactics as a
result of Israel's painful experiences in those fields? Do you know that the FBI uses Israeli hand-to-hand combat techniques? Did you know that
Israeli pilots would train US pilots in their 'top-gun' facilities? Did you know that the Patriot missiles which the paper
said that the US
needed to “divert resources” to Israel's defense was actually an untested system that proved highly inefficient in the war. It was actually
field tested at Israel's expense – The patriot actually increased the amount of debris the fell out of the sky causing more damage. The only true
benefit was that it served as a psychological security blanket for the Israelis who were very appreciative of the gesture.
Saying that Israel “stayed on the sidelines” and was a “strategic burden” in the Gulf wars are inaccurate. Israel's very existence provides
the US with docking stations, back-up supply reserves (huge US bases located in Israel with stockpiles of military gear) in a troublesome location.
It is summed up nicely in - Jewishvirtuallibrary.com
Since then, U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation has continued to evolve. Today, these strategic ties are stronger than ever. To cite a few examples:
Because of its strategic location and its unquestionable reliability as an ally, the U.S. has found Israel to be an ideal place for training,
maintenance, and prepositioning of material and supplies.
More than 300 Department of Defense personnel travel to Israel every month.
Joint military exercises are regularly held. Israel has had more extensive naval exercises with the U.S. than any other country in the Middle East and
has conducted training exchanges with special American antiterrorist forces.
Israel's Haifa port has routinely been declared to be the best and most cost-effective facility of its kind in the region by senior Navy officials.
Haifa receives approximately 40 U.S. Navy ships each year, hosting thousands of U.S. sailors and Marines.
Israel also makes other facilities available to the U.S. including hospitals, training areas, and bombing ranges in the Negev Desert. And most
important, Israel is the only country in the area that the U.S. can truly rely on to provide open and unhindered access to its ports and facilities.
A Joint Anti-Terrorism Working Group was created.
A hotline was established between the Pentagon and the Israeli Defense Ministry.
A study found that Israel can help the United States in 13 of the 21 critical technological areas that the Pentagon has identified as vital to keeping
American defenses strong. The U.S. continues to fund the research and development of Israeli weapons systems and military equipment including the
Arrow missile, the Tactical High Energy Laser, the Barak ship self-defense missile system, Reactive Armor Tiles, Crash-Attenuating Seats, the Have-Nap
missile and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Israel's assistance in the 'war on terror' is obvious for people who are not agenda driven but are balanced. Israel provides a plethora of
intelligence on terrorist organizations and their modus operandi and provides counter-terror consultation and training (as in Iraq to the Kurds).
Israel is at the combat forefront with the Palestinian factions (terrorists by definition).
In contrast to the paper
I think that the above substantiates the fact that Israel IS a strategic value to the US.
The argument in the paper
actually tries to make a point that Israel's very existence is the bone of contention with the Arabs and as a result
US support of Israel “complicated America's relations with the Arab world”. So what? The only 'good' the Arabs can provide the US is OIL!
Where would the Arab world be today without their oil? The Arab countries are a collection of dictatorships with a backward warmongering culture. In
the large portion current Arab contribution to the world's scientific community has been minimal if at all existent.
If the US needs to abandon Israel in order to improve its economic standing by brown-nosing the Arabs and allowing the Arabs to eradicate the Jewish
country what will that say about the US? If the Arabs are bigots and strive for a Jewish free middle-east should the US support that? This is a
morally bankrupt argument.
This whole Arab concept is one of Pan-Arabism which is fascist in nature. Therefore the problem is not Israel but the intolerance of the Arab
There is not a bigger lie or a slanted view of the conflict when it is states
Palesitnians terrorism is not a random violence directed against Israel or “the west“; it is largely a response to Israel's prolonged
campaign to colonize the West Bank and Gaza
Really, oh scholarly geniuses? Is that why Israel was under constant terrorist attacks prior to Israel's acquisition of the West Bank and Gaza in
1967? During the OSLO peace process when Israel was withdrawing from these territories terrorist activities skyrocketed. Did the cross border
attacks from Lebanon stop when Israel withdrew from Lebanon? NO – Did the cross border attacks from Gaza reduce when Israel withdrew from Gaza? NO
- West Bank and Gaza are an excuse! What do you call a bombing of a bus, restaurant or a pub? It is random BY DEFINITION – Arabs and Palestinians
dies as well from these attacks. Just last week 4 Beduin Arabs died from Palestinian artillery fire from Gaza. This argument should have drained a
large portion of these academics' credibility.
attempts to link Al-qaida's attack on the US to is support of Israel. What it fails to say is that although a small portion of
Al-qaida interest is anti-Israeli a bulk of it is anti-US because of Saudi Arabia's (the country of Mecca and Medina) close ties with the US and the
Saudi preference to work with the 'infidel's' rather than consolidate a Muslim army to push Sadaam out of Kuwait. US involvement in what Al-Qaida
perceived as an internal Muslim issue and the continued presence of the US on Muslim lands (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan,
Sudan – All countries in which US citizens were killed) is the bulk of the problem the Al-qaida has with the US.
Washington would not be nearly as worried about Iran, Ba'thist Iraq, or Syria were it not closely tied to Israel.
is another fantasy-land claim. Ba'athist Iraq invaded Kuwait NOT Israel which resulted in its subsequent attack by the US. Iran has been involved in
anti-US policies since the 70s which included large scale counterfeiting of US currency, assisting insurgent elements in Iraq and Afghanistan,
terrorists organizations in Lebanon, training and backing the bombers of the Khobar Tower in Saudi Arabia (1996), protecting Al-qaida members within
their borders and probably using them for Iraqi insurgency. Finally Syria is on the US's @$#%-list for also allowing Mujhadin fighters into Iraq
through Syria, assassinating Harriri in Lebanon and assisting insurgency in Iraq.
Israel has nothing to do with this. Although the agenda-driven paper
seems to make a forceful attempt at doing this with no references
Regarding Israel's nuclear arsenal – note that since Israel's nuclear arsenal has become public knowledge (in the mid 80s) Israel was involved in
less wars. A nuclear arsenal provides for a deterrent and therefore provides for a certain kind of stability. An Islamic bomb though is different
since it is feared that it will become a Jihadist bomb not a tool for stability and deterrence.
I think that is enough for now.