Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Seek and Ye Shall Find

Yesterday, we let you know that President Obama's 2013 budget request increased U.S. military aid to Israel to $3.1 billion and we also provided you with actions you can take to end these weapons transfers to Israel.

The President's budget also proposed nearly $500 billion in cuts to military spending over ten years, including some small decreases in U.S. funding for joint Pentagon-Israeli research and development of anti-missile projects, which are appropriations above and beyond those allocated for bilateral military aid.

This slight decrease--more than made up for by increases in actual military aid--elicited howls of ridiculous indignation from the Republican Jewish Coalition, which breathlessly interpreted this to mean "that the Obama administration is asking Israel to risk its security and survival."  Seriously?

Not to worry though, Israel-firsters. Never mind the fact that the 2013 budget proposes drastic cuts to basic services that Americans have the right to expect and demand from their government. Never mind the fact that even with these proposed cuts, the budget request would still add nearly $1 trillion to the already-bloated $15 trillion debt.

See, all Israel and its lobbyists have to do is ask for more money and Congress will hand it over on a silver platter, according to a staffer for a Democratic Representative on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, who told the Jerusalem Post that "Funding for US-Israel missile defense will continue to rise despite the budget request."

So breathe a sigh of relief RJC and all other Israel lobby outfits. Since you have successfully "bought and paid for" Congress, according to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, you really have nothing to worry about. Israel will continue to get ever-expanding amounts of both military aid AND research and development aid from the Pentagon while Americans receive ever-less services from its increasingly debt-addled government.  

Might as well grab everything you can as the ship is sinking, right?  

We've got a lot of work to do to turn this political equation upside down.  Help us do so today by getting involved with our campaign to end U.S. military aid to Israel.