The Council for National Interest paid for a billboard aimed at alerting the Florida public about the unconscionable foreign aid given to a developed country, Israel—$3 billion a year, an obscene amount which ends up paying for apartheid in the West Bank. Congress, as people are beginning to understand. is Israel occupied territory. The sign struck a nerve.
“$10 million a day to Israel?”
The right wing Anti Defamation League (ADL) which spends $100 million a year advocating for Israel sent a pathetic rejoinder to the Orlando Sentinel justifying this money as “a strategic asset” to the USA. Sounds like dual loyalty to many people, Jews included.
Alison Weir the president of the Council responded with her own column pointing out facts which few Americans know. This is part of what she wrote:
U.S. politicians from both parties have given more of our money to Israel than to any other nation, thanks to the multibillion-dollar pro-Israel lobby. In fact, the U.S. historically has given more aid to Israel than to all of sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America combined.
And U.S. aid to Israel is given at the beginning of the year. Since our government operates at a deficit, we borrow this money and then pay interest on it long after it has been transferred to Israel’s account at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. This is an interest-bearing account, so Israel gains still more money, while Americans lose it.
The ADL claims that Israel and the U.S. have shared values. This is inaccurate. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Israel, conversely, was created to be the “Jewish state,” and systematically discriminates against Christians and Muslims. A few years ago, an Israeli mayor rounded up New Testaments and had them burned.
While a few Christians and Muslims, about 25 percent of the Israeli population, are in the Israeli parliament, they make up only 10 percent of its members. By contrast, Jewish-Americans, more than 2 percent of the U.S. population, make up 12 percent of the Senate and a third of the U.S. Supreme Court (which contains no Protestant Christian justices).
The ADL claims that Israel is a strategic asset. In reality, Israel is a tiny nation with few natural resources; it has long been subsidized by Americans; it has spied on us; and it has stolen U.S. technology. Israel attacked a U.S. Navy ship in 1967, killing 34 and injuring 175. Israel then paid $6 million compensation for a ship worth $40 million. The survivors of the attack are calling for a public investigation.
Surveys in 2014 show the majority of Americans oppose taking sides on Israel-Palestine. This means ending our massive aid to Israel. It’s time for politicians to listen.
Orlando Sentinel, Sept. 30, 2015: