There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.
Originally Posted by PogueMoran
I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.
It is clear that the current U.S. administration will continue to throw Israel under the bus and does not care if Israel continues to exist. I think Israel understands this, and will start to do things that are best for them first.
This is off the top of my head and I am no expert but here is what it seems to me:
Egypt: We want stability so we accept Mubarak staying in power. I think there are several reasons for this need for stability here including peace with Israel, cornerstone of the Arab world, and stability of the sealane going through the Suez Canal.
Pakistan: We want a stable government developing the country away from the extremists. We want them pursuing the extremists and we want to maintain a somewhat influential relationship with them so we bribe them.
Israel: Not sure as Israel has an advanced economy, but development of the economy is one I would believe. I don't think expanding settlements is one we wish to pay for. I suspect that now that we are in "dangerous" territory vis-a-vis Israel, that changes to the amount of aid may be forthcoming.
I wouldn't assume that Politico's quote that "People who heard what Biden said were stunned. “This is starting to get dangerous for us,” Biden castigated his interlocutors. “What you’re doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us and it endangers regional peace.” is accurate. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Who really knows? Surely, Politico would like us to believe it's true but I am skeptical of this report.
In any event, I think Israel feels that the Obama Administration is not fully behind it as evidenced by their apparent willingness to allow Iran to go nuclear.
Obama's policy in the middle-east is shaping up to be a monumental catastrophe.
THE GREATEST FREEDOM IS THE FREEDOM TO OPPRESS OTHERS
They keep the entire Arab population on thier toes....
The middle east nations need to get over themselves & accept Israel as a sovereign state...
In fact, I would support Israel if they took back Gaza, & kicked every 'Palestinian' out of Gaza, the West Bank & the Golan Heights....
The U.S. has it's 'Trail of Tears', this is no different....
They obviously cannot coexist, so one of them has got to go.....
In 2009, President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Agreement in regards to the US foreign-aid package to Israel. It is similar to all such Agreements signed by many US presidents. Under the terms of the 2010 Agreement, Israel is mandated to devote 75% of the aid money to purchase military hardware made in the United States. A substantial portion of the aid not tied to military expenditures is in the form of low interest loans which must be repaid. Israel has never defaulted on such loans. These Agreements have always been structured this way. The percentage of the US aid that is mandated to purchasing US armaments is always in the 65%-75% range.
In effect then, most of the US aid to Israel returns to the US economy. It is - for all practical purposes - an indirect government subsidy to the US military-industrial-complex.
There is another catch also. The US government can pick and choose which US weapons platforms and/or munitions Israel can purchase. For example, although Israel can purchase F-16 fighter jets, she cannot purchase the Stealth fighter/bomber. Nor can Israel purchase the largest US made bunker-buster munitions.
There are also rumors of secret-protocols involved in the aid Agreement which neither nation will reveal or discuss. I imagine this is along the lines of forbidding Israel to sell its own highly sophisticated technology to certain nations.
Americans have the perception that US aid money to Israel is a freebie, like a welfare check which can be used for anything at Israeli discretion. It's not. There are many strings attached. In reality, virtually all of this aid money eventually flows back to the US in one form or another.
The US benefits in other ways also. The Mossad provides the US with critical ME intelligence. More so than any other nation. Without this assistance, the CIA would be severely crippled in the ME region. Israel has a surveillance satellite in orbit over Iran. Imagery and data are shared with the US Reconnaissance Office.
Many US military platforms have high-tech Israeli electronic systems and components. Almost all US fighter-jets have the Israeli Litening Pod navigation/targeting system on board. There is a good deal of Israeli technology in the US Patriot Anti-Missile System. The US is allowed to pre-position military assets on Israeli soil and her Navy can dock in Israeli ports. Etc. Etc.
The US/Israeli relationship isn't and has never been a one-way street. Both nations accrue benefits.
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