Pro-settler Israeli organization calls for an end to US aid to Israel

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The above video was produced for the “Free Zion” campaign which sees U.S. aid to Israel as an encroachment on Israeli sovereignty. I like the guy you first see at about the 1:05 mark. I was just waiting for him to say, “U.S. aid to Israel? Fuggedaboutit!”

From the campaign website:

The money Israel receives from the United States has for decades allowed Washington to infringe on Israel’s sovereignty. Since the early 1970s, successive US administrations have placed heavy pressure on Israel’s leadership to comply with America’s policy agenda for the Middle East – an agenda that often places Israel in positions of weakness vis-à-vis her neighbors.

Using the aid as diplomatic leverage, US officials have succeeded in removing a number of Israeli leaders from office and pressuring others to perpetrate crimes against their people. In recent years, Israeli prime ministers have begun to view themselves not as the heads of an independent state but rather as vassal rulers for a foreign power. Rather than act in the interest of their people, these leaders often seek American approval for major policy decisions, especially those pertaining to diplomacy, trade and national defense.

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that foreign aid is generally used by Washington as a means of controlling developing countries viewed as strategically important to US foreign policy while at the same time funneling most of the money back to American companies (arms, oil, construction, etc.). Once dependent on the money, these countries come under the control of the US government and are bullied into cooperating with Washington’s global agenda.

Israel’s current situation directly contradicts the essence of Zionism, which states that the Jewish people should be responsible and empowered to forge their own national destiny. American aid has arguably been the major factor in eroding Israel’s sovereignty in recent decades and when the flow of money is finally cut, the State of Israel will once again become an independent country capable of securing the Jewish nation’s future.

The website also includes this interesting tidbit on why the Jewish establishment in the United States is so insistent on US aid to Israel:

Ethnic Jews currently living in the United States overwhelmingly support and often lobby (albeit not as aggressively as Lockheed Martin) for American aid to Israel, not because the Jewish state genuinely needs the money but because an economic and political connection between the government they live under and the government of their people’s country allows them to feel a greater sense of personal security in a foreign land. The notion of Israel serving as a United States fortress in the Middle East allows America’s Jewish community to believe it can avoid ever having to confront questions of dual-loyalty.

Looks like those divorce papers are on the way.

The campaign is run by a movement called the Zionist Freedom Alliance, which advocates for Greater Israel, supports the settler movement and seems to see itself as working in the footsteps of the Stern Gang. The Zionist Freedom Alliance has also been active on US campuses, check out this post from Yaman Salahi on their reception at Berkeley.

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  1. FreddyV
    November 5, 2012, 1:51 pm

    I’d love to interview those guys and ask them if they were happy for the US veto at the UN to go as well……..

    Their country would have a new military in it and they’d all be wearing blue helmets.

    • Sumud
      November 6, 2012, 4:43 am

      Of course you’re right FreddyV – and the SC veto is much more important than any financial aid – but I wouldn’t expect a rational response if you posed that question to these clowns. International law means nothing to them – god gave them Eretz Israel and no fact-based argument is going to convince them otherwise.

  2. pabelmont
    November 5, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Dunnoabadit. Israel a vassal of USA? First I heard. Maybe the other way. still, e either way, I’d like to spend all that money on something better.

    • Walid
      November 5, 2012, 4:13 pm

      “Israel a vassal of USA?”

      Yes, that’s what I’ve been saying for years.

  3. Annie Robbins
    November 5, 2012, 2:24 pm

    reminds me of israeli org ‘Regavim’, their goal is to promote “a Jewish Zionist agenda for the State of Israel.” really freaky video at the link that includes interviews with settler ministers in the government.

    link to mondoweiss.net

  4. Annie Robbins
    November 5, 2012, 2:27 pm

    did you notice at the beginning of video when he referenced the growth of hong kong and other countries that continue to grow? hello.

  5. Egbert
    November 5, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Excellent. Maybe we can also negotiate repayment of the $100 billion (or whatever it is) assistance provided to Israel over the years.

    • Walid
      November 5, 2012, 4:29 pm

      “Maybe we can also negotiate repayment of the $100 billion (or whatever it is) assistance provided to Israel over the years.”

      If you want some of your money back, you have to deduct from the $100 billion the value of the services Israel has been providing to the US. Usually, the vassal is the one getting paid, not the one doing the paying.

      • Nevada Ned
        November 5, 2012, 6:17 pm

        A conservative estimate of total US aid to Israel over the years is $123 billion, according to WRMEA (Washington Report on Middle East Affairs).
        link to wrmea.org

        This is an enormous sum. Many, perhaps most, Mondoweiss readers take this as proof of the influence of organized US Jewry.

        Another interpretation is the following: The US wants to dominate the oil fields of the Middle East (both to supply US energy demand and to threaten the oil supply of rival countries).
        The main threat to US control is Arab nationalism. The US deals with that threat by building up US client states (Saudi Arabia, Egypt under Mubarak, Iran under the Shah). Israel is a US client state. In addition, Israel has the additional benefit of sharing the US opposition to Arab nationalism.

  6. bilal a
    November 5, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Israeli-American ties and influence go both ways, e.g.: Romney’s Bain CEO and transition chair as governor in MA:

    link to bain.com

    [After serving in Israeli military intelligence , and the daughter of an Israeli general ] Ms. Gadiesh [now] is a member of the Foundation Board for the World Economic Forum .. She is on the Board of Directors of The Peres Institute for Peace [Israel]

    link to forbes.com

  7. seafoid
    November 5, 2012, 4:57 pm

    The settlers behind this are ultra naive. Imagine Karzai dissing the Yanks, his imperial backers, and how long it would be before he was dangling from a lamppost a la Najibullah. Take away American money and political cover and the IDF would be out of “Hevron” in 24 hours . YESHA is only possible because of a very long imperial supply chain. All the stuff about “Jewish pioneers” they talk to themselves is pure fantasy.

  8. strangefriend
    November 5, 2012, 9:33 pm

    The link for Zionist Freedom Alliance takes you to a page telling you they suspended the website.

  9. Matthew Graber
    November 6, 2012, 1:01 am

    No more US aid to the Jewish National Fund! No more US aid to the Jewish Agency!

    Wait.. what? Damnit. Wrong rally.

  10. Accentitude
    November 6, 2012, 8:46 am

    So they can effectively go from “Western democracy” to “Middle Eastern nobody”? I like that. Sign me up.

  11. Citizen
    November 6, 2012, 9:25 am

    I only hope the Israeli settlers produce an ad campaign across America saying they don’t want US aid, monetary or diplomatic. And that the ad calls upon US elected officials to honor their demands for such independence. It would be nice too, if they told Dick and Jane Gentile that Israel has grabbed more US tax dollars than any other country in US history although it is the size of NJ and has no oil. A bonus would be that such aid would also detail how USA underwrites Israel’s debt, although the USA is heavily in debt and, indeed, has a lower credit rating than Israel (who has a national health insurance system).

  12. Citizen
    November 6, 2012, 9:30 am

    Only Israel gets to spend any US aid on its own military industry, which also robs US patents, allowing Israel to reverse-engineer free US weapons and sell US arms as Israeli.

  13. akayani
    February 18, 2013, 7:34 am

    “see itself as working in the footsteps of the Stern Gang”

    Lehi (Hebrew pronunciation: [ˈleχi]; Hebrew: לח”י – לוחמי חרות ישראל‎ Lohamei Herut Israel – Lehi, “Fighters for the Freedom of Israel – Lehi”), commonly referred to in English as the Stern Gang

    During World War II, Lehi initially sought alliance with Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, offering to fight alongside them against the British in return for the transfer of all Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe to Palestine.

    Lehi assassinated United Nations mediator Folke Bernadotte and was banned by the Israeli government.

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    What next?

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