WTF– ‘Tea Party’-held district in FL is forking over $87 million for weapons to Israel

Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign to End the Occupation hammers Rep. Allen West for his Israel junket in the Palm Beach Post and does the numbers:

It is questionable whether Rep. West’s participation in this junket was even legal, according to congressional travel guidelines prohibiting lobbying organizations from paying for trips. The trip is nominally sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a “charitable affiliate” of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the most influential of the myriad pro-Israel lobbying groups. However, AIPAC pays the staff salaries at its sister organization, making this a seeming violation of post-Abramoff ethics rules.

Making matters worse, Rep. West was lobbied to increase the debt by sending more weapons to a country that has been engaged in a 44-year military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip that denies Palestinians freedom and self-determination. Surely the deficit-reducing tea party favorite would be hard-pressed not to agree that ending military aid to Israel as a sanction for it misusing U.S. weapons to commit systematic human rights abuses against Palestinians is the right thing to do .

If we are going to tame government spending, Rep. West should reconsider the $30 billion in weapons pledged to Israel from 2009 to 2018. Based on our calculations, using IRS data, his constituents are on the hook for $87 million of this earmark. Israel is not a sacred cow, and our bankrolling of its human rights abuses of Palestinians comes at a price we can no longer afford.

About Philip Weiss

Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.
Posted in Israel/Palestine

{ 7 comments... read them below or add one }

  1. gazacalling says:

    The campaign to end aid to Israel is important, and has a real chance. Tea Partiers are allies in this fight. Tea Party Congressmen will be hard pressed to justify it.

    It’s an era of a shrinking pie. The upside is that unjust causes will be up on the chopping block too.

  2. piotr says:

    West, Perry and Bachman are examples of Tea Party members (or policians targetting Tea Party-like voters) who are pro-Israel on the grounds of Christian Zionism and anti-Muslim xenophobia.

    In the same time, many “Tea Party” voters are inclined to vote for isolationist libertarian Ron Paul. The problem is that it really seems to be a movement averse to rational thought and the choices they will make will be grounded in style rather than substance.

    Also, aid to Israel is really peanuts. What is really expensive is mantaining huge military overseas and waging wars. Plus, Zionist demand that USA bribes assorted countries to keep Israel from diplomatic isolation, I do not know what the price tag is, but it is definitely a strange diplomatic priority.

    The true importance of aid to Israel is marking Israel as the chief pet cause of “the only remaining superpower”. The thinking in USA seems to be that how can we be sure of being so super if we cannot indulge in some hobbies that most other countries detest? We should define our own morality rather than being controlled by others.

  3. Henry Norr says:

    One aspect of this issue that hardly ever gets mentioned, even though I think it’s a powerful argument: even if the Israelis weren’t the criminals they are, it’s absurd that we’re giving all that money to such a rich country! According to the CIA World Factbook, Israel’s gross domestic product per capita, on a “purchasing power parity” basis (the standard way of comparing countries), was $29,800 in 2010. That’s more than such countries as Italy, Spain, New Zealand, and (by far) Saudi Arabia, and just shy of the European Union average ($32,700). Americans would stand for their tax money being given away to countries like those

  4. Here’s a summary of what foreign agents like West are supporting:

    link to original.antiwar.com

    One example:

    “In the past 10 years alone, Americans have given Israel the equivalent of approximately $200,000 per Israeli family of five.”

    I am sure the hardworking taxpayers of America will be very interested to hear what their reps are supporting – a subsidy junkie state, which threatens anybody who points out that they are, on most indices, better off than Americans, and probably the most undeserving of foreign aid. There are many, many countries who need aid. Israel doesn’t. How long can Israel continue to pimp off the US, and abuse it when it dares to question the dependency of the violent junior partner on the sucker senior partner?

    • Mndwss says:

      “How long can Israel continue to pimp off the US, and abuse it when it dares to question the dependency of the violent junior partner on the sucker senior partner?”

      Until US has a REAL separation of church and state!

      The strategy is now:

      Jesus land belongs to the jesus race. Send the jesus race over there and then teach them to love jesus.

    • Stone says:

      All very good points. It’s atrocious. Israel always says it needs the money. Seems to me they need the political influence. Like you said, it’s a rich country. Maybe we should keep some of that money and help to alleviate poverty in this country instead of building bombs and weapons which seek to kill people.

  5. Dan Crowther says:

    Floridians are now doing the math: 87 million can buy a lot of prescription drugs!!!

    link to npr.org