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Israel Approves $18.6 Million for Settlements

On June 7 National Security Adviser Susan Rice announce a new aid package for Israel that will cost American taxpayers nearly $40 billion over a ten-year period. At the same time she announced the deal–in a speech before the American Jewish Committee Global Forum–she also chastised Israel, saying that its “settlement activity corrodes the possibility of two states.”

Today, less than two weeks later (twelve days, to be exact) Israel approved $18 million in additional spending for its settlements in the West Bank. The only surprise here is that the Israelis waited 12 days before thumbing their noses at Susan Rice and announcing how they were going to spend her gift. (And for those who haven’t put two and two together, stop and figure it out: whatever the US gives Israel for “defense” is simply that much more excess money the Jewish state has left over to spend on building settlements.)

The $40 billion announced by Rice is said to be the single largest military aid package ever offered to any  country in US history. Yet interestingly, there seems to have been some uncertainty on the part of US officials as to whether the Israelis would accept it–oh, not because the Israelis are ashamed and embarrassed at constantly accepting handouts. No. Perish the thought!

The uncertainty was due to the fact that Netanyahu had been demanding even more!

The following article by Jason Ditz, published on June 7, calls into serious question just who the Lord and Master might be, and who the supplicant has become, in this relationship.

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Susan Rice Assures Israel of ‘Largest Military Aid Package in American History

By Jason Ditz

While her speech today at the American Jewish Committee Global Forum included some vague criticism of ongoing Israeli settlement expansion, as usual that will have no impact on US policy, as National Security Adviser Susan Rice centered the speech on pledges of a record military aid package being agreed to soon.

The aid package, which Rice reiterated would be the “single largest military assistance package – with any country – in American history,” is expected to be between $37.5 and $40 billion over the next decade, which Rice said proved increasing aid to Israel isn’t a partisan issue in the US, but “an enduring American interest.”

The US had initially offered a $40 billion deal which required the Israeli government to promise not to lobby the US Congress for more money during the 10-year plan, but this was rejected by Netanyahu. Other offers, in the realm of $35 billion but without the restrictions, have similarly been spurned.

Getting Israel to agree to accept the record package remains the focus on Obama’s side, while many are warning Netanyahu that waiting Obama out and trying to get more from his successor risks alienating many Democrats, particularly in Netanyahu’s deal comes from a Republican president.

Initial reports suggested Netanyahu was looking for a deal in the realm of $45 billion, though much of the discussion is based around the assumption of always demanding at least a bit more than was offered, no matter how gaudy the package already is.

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