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Old September 18th, 2012 #1
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Default US taxpayers paid more to Israeli defense budget than Israelis

The Israeli army’s chief of staff states that in the past three years, “US taxpayers have contributed more to the Israeli defense budget than Israeli taxpayers,” according to a report in the Jerusalem Post, a prominent Israeli newspaper.

According to the report, Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi made the statement during a Ashkenazispeech on September 11th. In it he emphasized: “We must preserve ties with the United States. I believe this is a security necessity.”

According to the newspaper the speech was at the Calcalist Conference, which appears to be an annual event in Tel Aviv sponsored by the Calcalist newspaper, an Israeli Hebrew-only daily financial newspaper. It is is part of the group that publishes Yedioth Ahronoth, the largest circulation newspaper in Israel.

American taxpayers give Israel over $3 billion per year (over $8 million per day), more than to any other nation, despite the fact that Israel is smaller than New Jersey and is in the top 30 richest countries in the world.

Per capita, Israelis receive $10,000 more U.S. tax money than average.

Some of the other top recipients of US tax money, Egypt and Jordan, were provided this assistance in return for diplomatic recognition of the Israeli state.

According to the Congressional Research Service, Israel is given this money in a lump sum at the beginning of the fiscal year. Americans then pay interest on money they have given to Israel, while Israel makes interest on it.

In recent years Israel has reported a lower unemployment rate than the US and a better account balance.

Ashkenazi’s statements are extremely significant, since this is the first time that an Israeli leader has pointed out that American taxpayers pay more to Israel’s defense budget than do Israelis.

If the costs of the Iraq war, which was largely pushed by Israel partisans in the Bush administration, were added into the equation, the American tax money on behalf of Israel would quite likely dwarf the amount paid by Israeli taxpayers.

Some top economists predict that the cost of the Iraq war will be $3 trillion.

Israel has a population of about 7 million people.

Today, Israel partisans are similarly pushing attacks on Iran.

Israel has frequently been accused of using American funds in violation of U.S. arms control laws.


Ashkenazi and War Crimes Accusations

IN 2010 Turkey issued an arrest warrant for Ashkenazi for Israeli forces’ killing of 9 civilians, including one who held American citizenship.

In 2008 a complaint was filed at the Hague accusing Ashkenazi of war crimes. Accusers stated:

On 27th December 2008, the suspect, Chief of Staff, ordered the Israeli army to attack densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip. For three weeks, 1,500 tons of bombs were dropped from the air on residential neighborhoods in Gaza and tens of thousands of artillery shells were fired from tanks. For 3 weeks, the army damaged and destroyed houses, schools, hospitals, infrastructure, water and electrical plants, killed more than 1,300 people, hundreds of them children, and injured about 5,300 people. Thousands of houses were bombed or shelled and 50,000 residents were made homeless, without shelter.

Prior to this, the suspect was part of a group, which implemented a siege on 1.5 million people in the Gaza Strip, denying them a regular supply of food, water, medicine, fuel and electricity for 18 months.

According to international law, it is absolutely prohibited to bomb residential areas in a way that interrupts the lives of civilians; to carry out executions without trial, to collectively punish; to destroy or damage hospitals, schools and homes. The prohibitions against collective punishment were enshrined in the Geneva Conventions after the behavior of the Nazis in Europe during World War II when they destroyed entire villages to punish residents for sheltering the resistance. 194 countries agree with the prohibitions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

In December 2008, a complaint was filed in the Hague against the suspect, on suspicion that he had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity for ordering the siege of Gaza.

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Old September 18th, 2012 #2
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The best part, is that we borrowed the money from China to do it.
 
Old September 18th, 2012 #3
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Default A new, leviathan defense bill

This was supposed to be Lebanon's gas...

Cabinet ministers will soon be exposed to a new term - "exclusive economic zone" - and a new mission placed before the IDF, and will be asked to approve its financing. Until now the navy has protected Israel's territorial waters, which extend 23 kilometers beyond the coastline. Following the successful exploration of the "Tamar" and "Leviathan" gas fields, the navy now has the added mission of defending off-shore drilling rigs, one of which is situated 150 kilometers from the coast, far beyond Israel's territorial waters. This is how the "exclusive economic zone" recently came to be defined - 28,000 square kilometers, larger than the area of the state.

Considering that the state's expected remuneration from gas drilling in the next three decades exceeds NIS 700 billion, and in light of the Israeli energy market's expected dependency on gas supplies, the importance of protecting gas drilling and production facilities is clear. The estimation is that a strike on a rig by a hostile party would inflict not only huge economic damage (a rig costs about NIS 3 billion and a day's operation about NIS 3 million ), but also cause international concerns to abandon joint gas exploration initiatives and harm contracts to export gas.

The rigs are far from the coast, and the ships that service them pass very close to Lebanon, provide a tempting target for groups such as Hezbollah, which, it should be recalled, managed to hit the INS Hanit corvette with an anti-ship missile during the Second Lebanon War. Syria, for example, has extremely accurate anti-ship missiles with a range of 300 kilometers. The far-flung rigs can also be a target for booby-trapped boats. The list of threats is long, and the navy says it cannot contend with all of them with its current fleet.

For this reason, what was defined for the navy a year and a half ago as the mission of defending Israel's "economic waters," has solidified into a defense plan that includes both developing a fighting strategy and equipping the navy with new seacraft suitable for the mission of protecting the rigs and production facilities. The navy wants to buy four more boats. At first the intention was to add four more Sa'ar 5-class corvettes (such as the INS Hanit ), but because of their high cost (about NIS 1.6 billion apiece ), it was decided to make do with a similarly-sized model that will fill the role of patrol boats, thereby significantly lowering the price (by some NIS 600 million per boat ). The operational requirements of the designated seacraft, dubbed the "Magen," were disseminated among the world's ship-building yards, and many offers were forthcoming.

Now, as expected, begins the real debate. The price of the new equipment comes to NIS 2.8 billion, and operating the new defense arrangement will cost about NIS 480 million a year. Common sense dictates that a sizable chunk of that sum should come from the enormous profits reaped by the companies producing the gas. But it's almost certain that this will not happen.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition...-bill-1.465531
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Old October 24th, 2012 #4
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The best part, is that we borrowed the money from China to do it.
Gas fund won't aid defense spending


The sovereign wealth fund that will control the government's proceeds from Israel's natural gas reserves will not be used to help defray the cost of protecting the gas installations, a government panel decided Tuesday

In doing so, the ministerial legislative committee rejected a proposal by the Defense Ministry to include national security among the national projects that can be funded by the projected sovereign wealth fund. The navy had estimated the cost of protecting Israel's offshore gas installations at NIS 3 billion annually.

The decision on defense costs came as the ministerial legislative committee approved draft legislation creating the fund, which will now be sent to the
Knesset. "We have now completed a historic process begun by the Sheshinski committee," Finance Minster Yuval Steinitz said Tuesday. "The fund that will be established will act like an insurance policy for the country, directing
resources to the social budget while protecting exporters."

Besides funding projects deemed of national importance, the sovereign wealth
fund is also designed to prevent the so-called "Dutch disease" whereby a a big increase in energy exports and receipts causes the currency to appreciate, hurting other export industries.

Money from the fund will be used, if needed, to help cover the costs of such war, earthquakes or other extraordinary events that could hurt the state's economy, the treasury said.


Picture of little boat with tanker

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Old October 24th, 2012 #5
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… not to mention the huge sums that Israel extracts from other nations such as Europe and Canada. ...
 
Old October 24th, 2012 #6
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The Cost Of israel To US Taxpayers
 
Old October 27th, 2012 #7
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Default A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: Almost $114 Billion

This estimate of total U.S. direct aid to Israel updates the estimate given in the July 2006 issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. It is an estimate because arriving at an exact figure is not possible, since parts of U.S. aid to Israel are a) buried in the budgets of various U.S. agencies, mostly that of the Defense Department (DOD), or b) in a form not easily quantifiable, such as the early disbursement of aid, giving Israel a direct benefit in interest income and the U.S. Treasury a corresponding loss. Given these caveats, our current estimate of cumulative total direct aid to Israel is $113.8554 billion.

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/114bill.html
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Old October 27th, 2012 #8
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Default This article explains AIPAC's influence over congress

The lobby that Israel and its supporters have built in the United States to make all this aid happen, and to ban discussion of it from the national dialogue, goes far beyond AIPAC, with its $15 million budget, its 150 employees, and its five or six registered lobbyists who manage to visit every member of Congress individually once or twice a year.

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Old October 28th, 2012 #9
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Meanwhile ,Kikestan's 'revelations ' about Iran's nuclear intentions have no more substance than their claims about Saddam Hussein WMDs, or for that matter, jewess tittletattles regarding the shitting of hidden diamonds out of their filthy rears.
 
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