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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Our convenient Middle East client state

Israel: US Foreign Assistance, Congressional Research Service, April 26, 2005:

"Israel is not economically self-sufficient, and relies on foreign assistance and borrowing to maintain its economy. Since 1985, the United States has provided $3 billion in grants annually to Israel. Since 1976, Israel has been the largest annual recipient of US foreign assistance, and is the largest cumulative recipient since World War II. In addition to US assistance, it is estimated that Israel receives about $1 billion annually through philanthropy, an equal amount through and short and long term commercial loans, and around $1 billion in Israel Bonds proceeds."

The sooner more American people are made aware of this insane "investment", the geography of the Middle East may undergo a radical realignment.


Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Antony, this harks back to a thread from a week or two ago. Will Ted Lapkin be invited to comment in this topic?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:12:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

It is a subject I intend spending much more time writing about - though mainly in my book. It's key and rarely examined.
Lapkin wasn't invited last time...BUT he's very welcome to do so.
As a loyal servant of the Israeli state - and dutiful propagandist - he'll no doubt be able to justify spending billions in maintaining an illegal and brutal occupation.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:21:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

The actions of the palestinian leadership, along with the Palestinian peoples support of the most heinous war crimes such as suicide bombing, makes the explanaition of spending Billions to protect the citizens of the only democracy in the middle east a cake walk.

Are you suggesting that Israel destroy Jordan, Syria, and Egypt to radically realign the Middle east so that America won't have to continue to assist Israel?

Sounds like you are war mongering now.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:13:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

The justification is as easy as taking land from a baby. You just have to think creatively like an economist. Cutting through the misleading labels such as "grants" and "assistance", the Israeli state is providing a desired service to a customer. The customer and the supplier higgle and haggle a bit over what the former is willing to pay and what the latter is willing to accept until we have the monetarised value of the service. One can tell the same story (with slightly different labels) in the case of overseas private charity (payment for the 'commodity' of that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing Israel occupies Holy Land), and loans (for investment in security and *cough* 'land acquisition'). Supply and demand squawked the parrot, supply and demand.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:16:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Now that you reduced it to simple transactions, there is no reason for anyone here to complain.

Both partners benefit. That is what is known as a good deal. The Arabs should learn all about this.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 12:57:00 am  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

It goes without saying that the Jewish lobby strongly (and rightly) influences the US Government, and hence foreign policy and aid to Israel .

The fact that the US listens to its Jewish citizens is a mark of of democracy.

Like bombing Serbian killers in Kosovo the US (rarely but sometimes) attempts to do good works. Protecting Israel (post Holocaust) is a case in point.

Knowledge that Israel has 200+ nuclear weapons is rarely mentioned but a key fact concern in support for Israel.

The US knows that if it sharply dropped its monetary, and by extension political, support for Israel that Israel might get lonely and paranoid.

The emergence of Muslim nuclear weapons (already in Pakistan) justifiably feeds this paranoia.

The spectre of a regional nuclear war between Israel and Muslim states (eg Pakistan, Iran) no doubt causes nightmares for strategic planners in the CIA and Pentagon. So its a whole lot cheaper and politically popular to keep the money flowing and keep Israel feeling secure.

I agree with this US approach on moral, democratic and avoiding Armageddon grounds.

In any case private money going as loans, floats, international joint ventures, and other financial mechanisms by American Jews to Israelis may well be much higher than US government aid - got any figures?

Thursday, October 20, 2005 1:52:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Few would argue that what you raised is supported by evidence, though I have no position on whether the state of affairs is right or wrong. Given how resourceful Israel is in just about everything they do, there are certainly countries in more dire straights than Israel.

Irrespective of how good relations are between them, the fact remains that we are talking about 2 countries and as such, there will be situations when their respective interests are at odds.

I am not one for believing what politicians have to say, which is why I remain suspicious when they espouse good intentions. When was the last time someone knocked on your door and said. "I'm from the govenment and I;m here to help you"?

In an ideal world, it woudlk be fine and dandy to have the US operate as the policefore for the world and Israel, for the Middle East. Obviously, idealism is the elixir of fools.

As I see it, deferreing the policing of the world to the US these days is a bit like giving an acoholic the keys to the liquor cabinet.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 3:52:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

But the US attends AA meetings and the vast majority of the rest of the world is merrily drinking as if they didn't have a problem,
wandering about, drunk as lords.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 6:16:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

You are nothing if not imaginative ibrahimav.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 6:42:00 am  
Blogger meika said...

"its a heavily subsidise religious disneyland in a goat effed desert"

i first posted that in a thread over at Tim Blair, but it got censored, of course, a couple of years ago.

vacuus leadership… european nationalist romantic ideology… and an obese sugar daddy.

we're all doomed

Thursday, October 20, 2005 7:27:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ibrahamav said...
"But the US attends AA meetings"

yeah, but only to pick up chicks with low self-esteem.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:53:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

You saw that movie, too? Top knotch.

Friday, October 21, 2005 3:00:00 am  
Blogger anthony said...

It goes without saying that the Jewish lobby strongly (and rightly) influences the US Government, and hence foreign policy and aid to Israel .

I believe the politically correct term is 'Zionist lobby'.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 5:29:00 pm  

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