In the march of nations, in the name of diplomatic friendship and apparent survival of a supposed-to-be-the-most-victimized race, and for a piece of most controversial usurped land, the State of Israel, has been the biggest historical, politically, economically and financially COSTLY Project for the tax payers of America.
According to Jeremy M Sharp, the famous Specialist in Middle Easter Affairs, Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $121 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance. Strong congressional support for Israel has resulted in Israel receiving benefits not available to any other countries. In addition, U.S. assistance earmarked for Israel is generally delivered in the first 30 days of the fiscal year, while most other recipients normally receive aid in installments, and Israel is permitted to use cash flow financing for its U.S. arms purchases. In addition to receiving U.S. State Department-administered foreign assistance, Israel also receives funds from annual defense appropriations bills for rocket and missile defense programs. Israel pursues some of those programs jointly with the United States.
In 2007, the Bush Administration and the Israeli government agreed to a 10-year, $30 billion military aid package for the period from FY2009 to FY2018. During his March 2013 visit to Israel, President Obama pledged that the United States would continue to provide Israel with multi-year commitments of military aid subject to the approval of Congress. The FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-76) provides the President’s full $3.1billion request in FMF for Israel. In addition, it provides another $504 million in funding for research, development, and production of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system ($235 million) and of the joint U.S.-Israel missile defense systems David’s Sling ($149.7 million), the Arrow Improvement Program (or Arrow II, $44.3 million), and Arrow III ($74.7 million).
The sordid reality of this aid is that today, except for a few nations, Israel is still a PARIAH State in the comity of nations. If we look at several decisions by European countries individually and by the EU collectively, we can sense an attempt to isolate the Jewish State and internationalize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most of EU states have recognized the Palestinian State and there is a pressure on Israel and Palestine to carry the peace negotiations to fruition stage. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is relentlessly calling on the international community to approve a Palestinian state through international consensus and United Nations support. These developments have weaken the Israel’s place among the nations as a free and democratic country. World opinion is shifting from the ‘German Atrocities upon Jews’ to the ‘Brutal Treatment of Poor Palestinians’ by the State of Israel. More and more it is growing and becoming main stream thought that Israel is an occupier of Palestinian lands. Patience is getting thinner and world leaders continue to express their frustration with the stalled peace talks.
The propaganda campaigns of Israel are falling on deaf ears in Europe, USA and rest of the world. There is a realization that Israel looks like stealing Palestinian land through Israeli building construction in old Judea, old Samaria, and Jerusalem.
Recently, during the International Christian Embassy’s Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem, World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder said he believed Israel was falling behind in the battle over its image abroad.
In this background, we see that Israel has never rested for taking up the cudgels against Iran’s Nuclear Program. The Prime Minister of Israel was in USA this week and he continues to undermine the institution of the presidency and Obama personally. He knows well that US support for Israel will go on unabated. The political rift between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to become more personal. The shrewd PM of Israel is sure that the “special relationship” between US and Israel will endure his bravado, because it’s based on mutual interests, strong lobby and institutional backing in both countries.
According the political pundits, the Israeli prime minister is either terribly dangerous or extremely delusional about how the rest of it might play out. President Obama had been signaling to Tehran since he took over the reins that he’s willing to extend a hand if Iran is willing to pursue normal relations on the basis of mutual interests and mutual respect while the . Israeli leaders remind the US each and every day that Israel’s feet are too close to the fire; how it lives in a “dangerous neighborhood” and must always be vigilant and pre-emptive in its strategic posture to insure its own survival.
President Obama has so far resisted all Israeli arguments to handle Iran with the old Republican mindset that led to the blunders in Iraq.
Netanyahu is desperate as there is nothing stopping the increasing power of Iran in the region as the US/Saudi Arabia ISIS, Syria and Yemen projects are collapsing like house of cards. Iran has progressed and grown leap and bounce during 50 years of sanctions. Iran has achieved outstanding status politically, socially, and scientifically. On the negotiating table, Iran addresses with the clout and strength.
Why should Iran accept illegal, bogus, politically motivated sanctions against it? It has an argument that has a universal appeal – The people that should be sanctioned are the occupiers illegally occupying Palestinian lands NOT Iran. It is a signatory and a full member of the NPT pact (Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons). If the NPT wants to move ahead, all sanctions against Iran must be lifted at once. Iran knows that US cannot continue hurt international economy by economic war that is ‘sanctions.’ Today, most of the countries around the globe praise Iran plank and appreciate as Iran resists longer and longer!
The latest round of the nuclear talks ended in Montreux, Switzerland, on Wednesday. The three-day negotiations were headed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Representatives of Iran and the United States had also held three rounds of intense negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva on February 22-23 to bridge their differences ahead of a July 1 deadline for Iran and the P5+1 group – Russia, China, France, Britain, the United States and Germany – to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal.
It seems that there is an agreement with Iran is on the cards as the Iranian top diplomat stated that a serious problem on the way of an agreement is the great deal of pressure exerted by scaremongers, who are trying to create impediments on the way of negotiators. And the scaremonger is none other than Israel. Referring to the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries – the US, the UK, France, Germany, China and Russia – Zarif said the negotiating sides have made serious headway in this round of talks.
Explaining about Iran’s position, Zarif said, “Our red line is that we will not accept imposition. We will not accept trampling on the rights of our people. At the same time, we do not want anything more than what is legally ours and that is to move forward with a peaceful nuclear program and with the removal of international pressures against Iran.”
By: Naim Naqvi