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The New Deal with Israel

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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval office of the White House in Washington November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The United States and Israel recently agreed on a foreign aid package providing $3.8 billion in military aid for each of the next ten years. This marks a sharp increase in the level of aid, but that’s still less than one-tenth-of-one percent – less than one-one-thousandth – of the money Uncle Sam spends each year. And this assistance goes only to our military cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces – none of it can be used for social or economic programs.

Moreover, 100% of the weapons and equipment bought with US aid must be spent with US companies, providing a major boost to American business; in the past, only 74% of the aid had to be spent in the US.

The long-term commitment to a nation that co-develops some of the world’s most advanced weapons systems with America, and battles at the front lines against terrorism in the Middle East, involves a prudent bargain for US policy makers.

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  1. AARON SCHULTZ  •  Sep 23, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I'm not usually in agreement with Obama, and I'm not a big fan of our government gibing our money to other nations. That said, if your going to have an arms deal to stabilize the middle east, Israel is the right call and this seams like a pretty reasonable way to structure it.

  2. Jim Bird  •  Sep 23, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Why would Netanyahu give Obama the time of day especially for such a pittance? Maybe Barach wants to see the Wailing Wall one last time before Iran incinerates Israel with the $150 billion and nuclear weapons that President O gave to the terrorists? Iran has already put Israel on notice that they will be first to receive their jihadic gifts.

    Michael and I are the same age and last weekend my wife and I attended our 50th high school reunion. The reunion website contained a large number of classmates, all guys, who were killed in Vietnam Nam within two years of graduation. I got a deferment to get a college degree before I went on active duty. I was still on active duty when the war ended in 1973.

    What Michael never discusses is the disgusting President Lyndon B. Johnson who took a skirmish and escalated the boots on the ground in Nam to 250,000. LBJ is also known, infamously, for his "War on Poverty" which drastically increased poverty and is still failing today on a daily basis. Obama has followed magnificently in LBJ's footsteps by crushing the middle class into poverty and the lower class into abject misery and the "ripple out" effect has crushed countless world economies, some in Africa to starvation limits. You will hear Obama lie about his increases in foreign aid. He is sending mostly green pieces of paper now, which corrupt politicians love – it's liquid gold for terrorists, instead of our free technology, food, medical supplies, etc.

    I don't listen to Michael any longer but I'm sure his daily tirade about Trump continues to take up most of his airtime. After talking with several of my old classmates on both sides of the aisle, I realized most people all over this country are truly angered, outraged, and any other expletives one can guess, at the corruption, death and destruction going on in America and around the world fomented by an American President who invites Black Lives Matter to the White House within a few days of 8 cops being assassinated.

    Hillary has promised to "double down" on Obama's legacy. I don't give a damn who Michael votes for but if she is elected, I'll be damned if I am going to sit on my ass and say nothing or do nothing to protect my six grandsons from being killed or maimed by these two disgusting monsters. Unfortunately we no longer have a Republican Party who seem to have taken up Michael's mantra "…let's all be happy warriors."
    What will the GOP say after losing to the most disgusting human on the face of Earth?Nothing ……….crickets? Yeah, that sounds right. Oh, almost forgot, saw Kasich on TV last night rushing (almost breathless explaining some gibberish "for the good of the people") to the White House to cut a deal with Obama. I guess this childish schoolyard antic means he will campaign for Hillary and maybe get a cabinet position! Oh boy, I'm overjoyed for him; such a buffoonish pathetic jerk.

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