Republicans want $680 million added to Israel’s military budget


Israeli soldiers attack demonstration against land theft
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The United States would spend an additional $680 million through 2015 to strengthen Israel’s short-range rocket shield under a plan crafted by House of Representatives’ Republicans…

The figure could put election-year pressure on President Barack Obama’s administration to spell out what it deems suitable support for the “Iron Dome,” which has played an increasingly important role in Israeli security…

There was no immediate official comment from the Obama administration on Republican plans to seek $680 million starting in the current fiscal year through fiscal 2015. It is not clear how the administration will view the proposal…

A Republican congressional aide said the proposed additional $680 million would provide the batteries and interceptors needed to defend Israel based on the current coverage and the arsenal available to Hamas and Hezbollah Islamist militants…

“We are deeply concerned that at a time of rising threats to our strongest ally in the Middle East, the administration is requesting record-low support for this vital defense cooperation program,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon, wrote in a February 14 letter to Obama…Get your Wellies on!

Congressional Republicans may hope their strong support for “Iron Dome” will help “crack the normal two-to-one advantage Democrats usually enjoy with Jewish voters,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

That 2 to 1 advantage relies more on members of the Jewish community who often provide leadership in efforts for communal and political peace. Anyone who’s spent time working in the civil rights movement or fighting to turn this nation away from the joys of Caesar – is aware of the participation in progressive movements by Jewish-Americans.

There’s an equally sound reason why Republicans only think of Jews and Israel as an aid to imperial behavior. They’ve never taken part in any serious opposition to injustice – foreign or domestic. Their whole perception relies on right-wing Israeli governments clawing away land from Palestinians for lebensraum.

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One comment

  1. daoud alahmad

    I do not know why Republicans and Democrats as well insist on supporting Israel, is it for the voices of the Jews or for other reasons?
    How long the United States remains captive to the voices of (pro-Israel) Jews and their influence? No one knows. But the question is: What about the American people? do they accept this silly game ? and for how long ?

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