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Here’s What Israel Is Really Costing American Taxpayers

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By John Tiffany
American Free Press

IT IS OFTEN REPORTED THAT ISRAEL receives about $9.2 billion every year in the form of economic aid from the U.S. government, but there are many billions of dollars more in hidden costs and economic losses lurking beneath the surface. A recently published economic analysis concluded that U.S. support for the state of Israel has cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $3 trillion. About 60 percent of those costs (about $1.7 trillion) arose from the U.S. defense of the ever-expanding Israeli empire.

Support for the empire comes to $1.8 trillion, including special trade advantages, preferential contracts, or aid buried in other accounts.

In addition to the financial outlay, U.S. aid to Israel costs some 275,000 American jobs each year. The trade-aid imbalance with Israel is between $6 billion and $10 billion. The largest single element in the costs has been the series of oil-supply crises that have accompanied the Israeli-Arab wars and the construction of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. These have cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion, excluding the additional costs incurred since 2001.

The cost of supporting Israel increased drastically after the 1973 Israeli-Arab war. U.S. support for Israel during that war resulted in additional costs for the American taxpayer of between $750 billion and $1 trillion. When Israel was losing the war, President Richard Nixon stepped in to supply the Jewish state with U.S. weapons. Nixon’s intervention triggered the Arab oil embargo, which cost the U.S. as much as $600 billion in lost GDP and another $450 billion in higher oil import costs.

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September 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Populist Says Healthcare Debate A Ruse to Cover Corporate Welfare

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FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU HAVE READ on so-called healthcare reform, says Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). The purported uproar over private versus public health insurance options is really a ruse to cover up a proposal for taxpayer-funded subsidies that will be paid to the billion- dollar private insurance industry.

Under new “compromise” language inserted into the 1,000-page health care bill, titled the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009” (H.R. 3200), Americans will be forced to choose which for profit
health insurance company they want to take. If you can’t afford any of the private health insurance plans, the government will pick one for you and then front you the money. But the catch is: you will still be obligated to pay all of the premiums, the co-pays and the high deductibles.

“The hotly debated H.R. 3200, the so called ‘healthcare reform’ bill, is nothing less than corporate welfare in the guise of social welfare and reform,” said Kucinich.

The public option will be gone, he said, leaving only government aid to private insurance companies. Worse still, the federal government will force taxpayers to pay for it all without pressing for cost controls and no guarantees of coverage from any of the participating private insurers.

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September 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Make the Palestinian state an essential fact on the ground

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Ziad Asali
September 9, 2009

The Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad’s blueprint for what he has called “de facto Palestinian statehood” offers a new and important element to the quest for peace in the Middle East.

Peace between Israel and the Palestinians hinges on recognition and security for Israel and freedom and independence for a Palestinian state. Mr Fayyad’s model emphasises the importance of the reality of the Palestinian state as a functioning entity, irrespective of international recognition and grand diplomatic gestures. By doing so, Mr Fayyad challenges the sole reliance on political and rhetorical tools of diplomacy and international recognition, the traditional path through which Palestinians have sought statehood. Mr Fayyad is saying that if Palestinians build governing and civil society institutions, Palestine can become a state in reality, whether negotiations are moving forward or not. Palestine will be a fait accompli, rather than a distant aspiration. If you build it, the state will come.

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September 9, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Racist measures against Palestinians in Israel lead to strike call

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Very good article by Jonathan Cook:

Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 9 September 2009

The increasingly harsh political climate in Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government has prompted the leadership of the country’s 1.3 million Arab citizens to call for the first general strike in several years.

The one-day stoppage is due to take place on 1 October, a date heavy with symbolism because it marks the anniversary of another general strike, in 2000 at the start of the second Palestinian intifada, when 13 Arab demonstrators were shot dead by Israeli police.

The Arab leadership said it was responding to a string of what it called “racist” government measures that cast the Arab minority, a fifth of the population, as enemies of the state.

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September 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Swine Flu: Path to Martial Law?

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Great article by John Griffing:

Could a form of martial law be imminent? Obama appears ready to cross the Rubicon, and all he needs is a killer virus.

Let’s connect some dots.

Remember President Obama’s Executive Order basing 80,000 active troops at home for the first time in the history of the peacetime military establishment to “help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack….”

Now connect that information to the recent announcement that the military has established regional deployment locations all across the United States to “assist civilian authorities in the event of a significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, according to Defense Department officials.”

Civil unrest and crowd control? Significant outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall? What do they know that we don’t?

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September 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Letter to local newspaper about surveillance cameras

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Here is a letter I wrote to my local newspaper about surveillance cameras in public areas:

I am well aware of the horrible sexual assault in [EDITED], and the subsequent apprehension of the perpetrators with assistance from one of the cameras; and I’m grateful they were promptly captured, but we must not let emotion cloud a very important debate.

Despite the fact that there are more than 4.2 million surveillance cameras in the United Kingdom, multiple government commissioned studies have proven the cameras ineffective by finding that they have no statistically significant impact on crime rates at all. In the isolated event that crime decreases in a certain area, it goes up in the areas immediately surrounding it. In the case of [EDITED], this would move crime from the high traffic areas where the cameras are installed into the quieter neighborhoods that surround those areas.

The Department of Homeland Security provided the town of [EDITED] with these cameras in order to assist in the evacuation of [EDITED] in the event of an emergency; but should such an event occur, we all know there would be no remedy for the traffic problems that would ensue, which would in effect render the cameras useless.

So we must ask ourselves: if studies have found them worthless in preventing crime, and logic tells us they would be useless in assisting the evacuation of [EDITED], what is the true purpose of these cameras?

You Must Leave Your Home

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Why doesn’t the international community do something about all of the illegal Israeli settlements? The way many of the settlers treat the true owners of the land is outrageous. Settlers walk around with guns like they own the place; fire upon Palestinians unprovoked, and teach their children to do the same. It is absolutely ridiculous and it must stop NOW.

Imagine this: I walk into your house; beat the shit out of you; kick you out into the backyard; begin calling your house mine; continue beating the shit out of you every single day; call you a terrorist when you fight back. Doesn’t make too much sense does it? Well then why is it happening right now? Something must be done!

Someone has to give these people a taste of their own medicine, and soon.

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September 7, 2009 at 2:25 am