The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

HR 4133 — Money for Nothing?

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
May 31, 2012

One of the reasons given to justify House Resolution 4133, also known as the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, was the increased regional instability and threat of radical Islam created by the so-called “Arab Spring.” According to the text of H.R. 4133 referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on May 10, Congress found that:

The Middle East is undergoing rapid change, bringing with it hope for an expansion of democracy but also great challenges to the national security of the United States and our allies in the region, particularly our most important ally in the region, Israel. The past year has witnessed the fall of some regimes long considered to be pillars of stability in the Middle East and a rise in the influence of radical Islamists throughout the region.

However, a leading academic institute which has “a strong association with the political and military establishment” of that “most important ally” seems less perturbed than the resolution’s pro-Israel sponsors by the “rapid change” in its geostrategic environment. In March 2012, The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) published One Year of the Arab Spring: Global and Regional Implications, a memorandum “with special reference to the potential ramifications for Israeli national security.” In the final essay entitled “Israeli Responses to the Arab Spring,” Mark A. Heller, principal research associate at INSS, observes:

… the Islamist movements that began to thrive as political space opened up have shown some signs of being rather more ambivalent about their hostility to Israel, or at least about the urgency with which they intend to act on it. How authentic expressions of relative moderation or pragmatism actually are remains an open question, and it is entirely possible that they are merely lip service meant to reassure domestic and especially foreign audiences. But even in the latter case, the felt need to relate to Israel in a manner less diametrically opposed to the course chosen by their predecessors and unlike what their established ideologies would have indicated at least raises the possibility that the consequences for Israel of their coming to power might represent something less than an unmitigated political disaster and intolerable security threat. (emphasis added)

On the basis of such “great challenges” to its national security, the Jewish state has been given, as Philip Giraldi so aptly put it, “a virtual blank check on the US Treasury.”

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

May 31, 2012 at 11:46 am

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