Israel's Unprecedented Interference In Domestic American Political Life02/12/2013 06:49
Allan C. Brownfeld Salem-News.com
Israel has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and it is well known that it is in possession of an arsenal of nuclear weapons.
(WASHINGTON, DC) - Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign military assistance since World War II. To date, the U.S. has provided Israel $118 billion (current or non-inflation adjusted dollars) in bilateral assistance.
According to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report to Congress prepared by Middle East specialist Jeremy M. Sharp, "Israel has received benefits not available to any other countries...Israel's ability to use a significant portion of its annual military aid for procurement from Israeli manufacturers...is a unique aspect of its assistance package. No other recipient of U.S. military assistance has been granted this benefit."
One result of this special treatment is that Israel is now the sixth largest arms exporter in the world, with sales totaling $12.9 billion. When he visited Israel in March 2013, President Barack Obama pledged that the U.S. would continue to provide Israel with multi-year commitments of military aid.
Israel has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and it is well known that it is in possession of an arsenal of nuclear weapons. By any standard, it has the most powerful military establishment in the region. This is true, in large part, because of American largesse.
Despite all of this, just as the U.S. and its allies have signed an interim agreement with Iran to freeze their nuclear program and, more than this, to return Iran to the international community after years of isolation, the Israeli government is directly interfering in domestic American politics to thwart any such effort. Israel's alternative seems to be war with Iran.
In November, the largest American Jewish organization, the Jewish Federation of North America, held its 65th General Assembly in Jerusalem. The group was addressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called upon American Jews to "stand together with us" to stop any deal with Iran. He said that American Jews had a responsibility to stop the agreement and declared, "That's what I expect from every one of you, and it's achievable."
Netanyahu, comparing contemporary Iran with Nazi Germany, as he tends to do with all of Israel's potential adversaries, said the task was urgent "in light of the Holocaust, when we were silent," in the face of genocide and that Jews haven't come through 4 millennia "to have the likes of the ayatollahs threaten our life." He referred to a collective "us," the Jews. He declared: "The purpose of the Jewish state is to enable Jews to defend themselves. This is something we could not do before we had the Jewish state."