The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Israel Lobby Always Believes More Is Better

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By Philip Giraldi
The Passionate Attachment
May 17, 2012

Everyone who cares enough to express an interest knows that Israel gets $3 billion every year in military assistance, money that continues to flow no matter what is happening to the US economy. It being an election year, it should be no surprise that both the Obama Administration and a Republican controlled House of Representatives have agreed to send an additional $1 billion taken from the United States defense budget to fund the so-called Iron Dome missile defense system for Israel in 2013-4.

But there’s more. House Resolution HR 4133 United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which recently sailed through the US Congress by a 410 to 2 vote, reveals the true objective of Israel and its friends in congress. It is to bind the United States and even NATO to Israel in such a fashion that Israel can continue to behave as it wishes vis-à-vis its neighbors and will be able to do so with impunity because the US and possibly even the Europeans will be obligated to defend it. HR 4133 provides what amounts to a blank check for Israel’s defense and also advances the Israel-as-part-of-NATO agenda, calling on the White House to implement “an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises.”

JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, founded by AIPAC, has not been slow to see an opportunity by putting 4133 and the Iron Dome funding together. In a May 10th article, Gabriel Scheinmann, a “Visiting JINSA Fellow,” argues that Iron Dome should become a joint US-Israel system, which he calls a “bold and mutually beneficial symbol of the closeness and importance of the US-Israel strategic alliance.” One might well ask, “What strategic alliance?” and “beneficial to whom?” US joint ownership and management of Iron Dome would make US citizens who are involved in the project hostages to Israeli misadventures. Israel creates an incident to justify an attack against its neighbors, they respond with missiles, a handful of US citizens die, and Washington is at war. And in the meantime you can bet that the US will bear all the costs. Sounds like a great deal to me.

Philip Giraldi is the executive director of the Council for the National Interest and a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

May 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Another example of Israel insinuating itself into the defense/security/tech infrastructure of the United States: The plan to bring an Israeli university,Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in as a partner with Cornell University in a 400 million dollar development project for a tech center in NYC. It was a done deal before the public even had a chance to consider it.

    See:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/26/education/in-cornell-deal-for-roosevelt-island-campus-an-unlikely-partnership.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

    And:
    http://www.cornellsun.com/section/news/content/2012/03/02/professors-question-cornell-technion-partnership

    Do we really need to let the Israeli tendrils work their way into every important sector of our infrastructure? They already own the federal government and have a dangerously significant presence in the security and telecom sectors.

    Duncan

    May 21, 2012 at 5:59 am

  2. Indeed. See, for example, David Reichmann’s 1994 NYT obituary:

    He moved to Israel and set up a communications company, Darcom. One of its contracts was to set up the communications link between the American Embassy in Tel Aviv and the State Department in Washington.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    May 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

  3. It’s perfectly rational for a government to look askance at giving foreign countries, even allies, contracts in security-sensitive areas. But the US Congress no longer sees Israel as a foreign country.

    Also: on my comment above, change “400 billion” to “400 million”.

    Keep up the good work, Maidhc.

    Duncan

    May 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  4. Thanks, Duncan.

    Unfortunately, it’s not only the US that contracts security-sensitive areas to Israel. For example, it was an Israeli company that installed the security system at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm


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