Israel is Dodge Country

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Don’t know, this video just seemed to fit.

Here’s how U.S. aid to Israel works. From the Arutz Sheva article “IDF to Pump Nearly $200 Million into US Car Industry”:

The IDF is switching – from Ford to Dodge. The Israeli importer of Dodge Trucks, Machshirei Tenu’ah, has won a NIS 700 million ($180 million) to supply heavy vehicles to the IDF. The Dodge trucks, vans, jeeps and other vehicles will replace the aging Ford models the army currently uses.

The vans are being purchased using U.S. military assistance funds provided to Israel by Congress. Among the conditions of that assistance: The vehicles must be manufactured and assembled in the United States. According to the terms of the tender, Japanese car companies were eligible to participate as well, as long as the vehicles were built in U.S. factories.

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  1. lysias
    February 26, 2013, 4:21 pm

    Chrysler is majority-owned by Italian Fiat.

    • Avi_G.
      February 26, 2013, 7:31 pm

      lysias says:
      February 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Chrysler is majority-owned by Italian Fiat.

      Fiat-fiat? Or fiat-fiat?

  2. Woody Tanaka
    February 26, 2013, 5:09 pm

    “The vans are being purchased using U.S. military assistance funds provided to Israel by Congress.”

    So, these parasites are sucking more money that could be used to feed hungry children and build road, schools and bridges in the US. Disgusting.

    • NormanF
      February 26, 2013, 7:37 pm

      Apparently, you can’ t read!

      Israel is required to buy American-made military equipment, creating jobs in America. Its Americans who built these vehicles.

      This is money that Israel spends here that it could easily spend elsewhere.

      • W.Jones
        February 26, 2013, 9:10 pm

        True, it creates jobs, but the “investment” is not productive. You can create employment by building a 500 mile bridge to nowhere, but that would be a waste of money and labor. In the case of the Dodge armaments, the output will perpetuate the weapons of the State system that encroaches and squeezes a relatively helpless population into walled-off islands. At least a bridge to nowhere doesn’t violently segregate people.

      • Ellen
        February 26, 2013, 9:24 pm

        Norman, yes of course the “aid” comes with strings attached. So why doesn’t Israel just stop taking the money so it can, indeed, “easily spend elsewhere.”

        For how many more decades does the US need to send money to Israel? The US could just as easily spend that money on it’s own infrastructure instead of pumping it into Israel so they can then buy stuff from the US that no one needs.

      • talknic
        February 26, 2013, 11:02 pm

        NormanF “Israel is required to buy American-made military equipment,” with American money “creating jobs in America.” with American money “Its Americans who built these vehicles.” with American money

        “This is”American money “that Israel spends here that it could easily spend elsewhere.” Uh? you began with Israel is required to buy American-made military equipment,”

        In the final analysis American taxpayers give Israel goods. Such a simple concept, only a ziocaine addled moron could twist it so out of shape that all logic disappears

      • Annie Robbins
        February 26, 2013, 11:35 pm

        you mean american taxpayers could be required to buy working americans free dodges instead? shhh. nobody would have ever thought of that! why we’d be accused of being socialists!

      • Ecru
        February 27, 2013, 5:47 am

        That’s SUCH a stupid argument.

        Israel’s given money which it then spends on US goods. Sounds fair enough doesn’t it at least for Israel because Israel is basically getting those American goods for free. It doesn’t actually pay a thing. On top of that it can then sell American technology to China. What a windfall! Unfortunately from the American standpoint its not such a good deal. Why give the money to Israel in the first place if it’s just going to be spent at home? Why not use that money to build roads, schools, hospitals and basic infrastructure improvements that would as a side effect create jobs? And help the entire nation to boot.

        And how exactly could Israel “spend” the money in the USA if the USA never gave it to Israel in the first place?

      • amigo
        February 27, 2013, 7:11 am

        “This is money that Israel spends here that it could easily spend elsewhere.”NF

        Not if America decided that giving money to Israel to buy arms to break international laws with is money badly “spent”.

        I want to buy a car.Do you know any manafacturers who will donate the money if I promise to buy from them.

        Apparently you cant think–logically.

      • Woody Tanaka
        February 27, 2013, 9:21 am

        “Apparently, you can’ t read!”

        Apparently, you can’t think!

        “Israel is required to buy American-made military equipment, creating jobs in America. Its Americans who built these vehicles.”

        BFD. The fact that there is corporate welfare for US companies in this bill doesn’t change the fact that it is money that is not being spent on hungry children, roads, schools and bridges here in the US.

        And, in fact, if the Congress wants to subsidize the US auto industry with these funds, better to provide low income AMERICANS with low cost or free transportation, or provide grants for poorer communities to upgrade police and municiple vehicles, or to establish a program where polluting cars can be traded in for newer, cleaner vehicles than to give it to these racist squatters.

        Instead, the traitors in Congress let these criminal benefit on the suffering of Americans, in order to let them torture, murder and oppress innocent Palestinians.

        “This is money that Israel spends here that it could easily spend elsewhere.”

        You people are really ingrates. It’s not israeli money. It’s American money. It should be spent on Americans for the benefit of Americans. Not some racist parasites.

      • BillM
        February 27, 2013, 10:32 am

        It’s also worth noting that Israel’s military aid is different from military aid given to any other country. Israel is only required to use 75% of its aid to purchase American weapons (for other countries, it’s 100%), the other 25% is pure cash. Other countries also never actually see the cash, the simply get credit to their account as they order American products. Israel tends to get its billions all up front in cash, allowing they to collect interest off the value while deciding which weapons to demand. This increases the cost to US taxpayers (since the money is borrowed and then given to Israel). Finally, Israel is given numerous supplemental military aid packages, like up to a billion extra dollars to build Iron Dome systems, even though Israel will not share the technology with the US.

      • MK_Ultra
        February 27, 2013, 9:06 pm

        Thank Ford for ISreal. Without it, we’d be naked, stupid and hungry. Just like we are with it.

    • chris o
      February 26, 2013, 8:57 pm

      What is disgusting is your language, namely “these parasites are sucking…”

      • Ecru
        February 27, 2013, 5:48 am

        Disgusting doesn’t stop it being accurate.

      • jon s
        February 27, 2013, 9:29 am

        American military aid to Israel is -at least partly- an accounting trick: funds are transferred from the American Treasury to American corporations in the defense industry, via the Israeli treasury. Cessation of the aid would, indeed, cost thousands of American jobs, so no US Administration would take such a decision lightly. Aside from the fact that Israel needs to maintain its military capability, even from the perspective of advancing the chances for peace.
        As for non-military aid: as an Israeli I say you can end it tomorrow, or at least make it conditional on ending the settlements.

      • Hostage
        February 27, 2013, 10:35 am

        Cessation of the aid would, indeed, cost thousands of American jobs so no US Administration would take such a decision lightly.

        Where have you been? State and local governments have laid off thousands of people because they can’t afford to borrow money and their traditional sources of revenue have dried-up. The Federal government can hardly afford to go on borrowing money to manufacture arms for a foreign power when we are laying-off the workers that provide essential public services here at home.

        The defense sector should probably learn to manufacture non-subsidized commodities that can be sold for a profit.

      • Woody Tanaka
        February 27, 2013, 10:36 am

        “American military aid to Israel is -at least partly- an accounting trick: funds are transferred from the American Treasury to American corporations in the defense industry, via the Israeli treasury.”

        And there are ways to accomplish this same thing while benefiting Americans and not harming Palestinians.

        “Cessation of the aid would, indeed, cost thousands of American jobs, so no US Administration would take such a decision lightly.”

        Wrong. The recipient aid merely needed to be changed to Americans.

        “Aside from the fact that Israel needs to maintain its military capability”

        Do it on your own dime, moocher.

      • flyod
        February 27, 2013, 10:58 am

        zios make me laugh when they rationalize this one. as i’ve said in the past if this is so good for us, we should take this business model and expand it to include other countries. we will create thousands of jobs. the money will be pouring in (and out). dodges to iran, fords to syria, chevys to lebanon. that’s it. boom town here we come

      • Sumud
        February 27, 2013, 8:54 pm

        Cessation of the aid would, indeed, cost thousands of American jobs…

        Rubbish.

        The net result is a gift of billions of dollar every year to Israel. Keeping that money *entirely* in the US for the benefit of US taxpayers can only benefit US taxpayers: by lowering tax or allowing the money to be invested back in projects in the US.

        Parasite is the appropriate word.

      • MRW
        February 27, 2013, 10:50 pm

        American military aid to Israel is -at least partly- an accounting trick: funds are transferred from the American Treasury to American corporations in the defense industry, via the Israeli treasury.

        Which increases America’s capital account, the green portion in this chart. Also known as foreign investment. The three sectors are domestic private, public (fed govt) and foreign. As you can see from this chart, when two sectors are in surplus, the other sector MUST be in deficit to net to zero. Similarly, when two sectors are in deficit, the other sector MUST be in surplus (Note when this happened in the 50s and 60s when our economy was more stable). The top of the chart matches the bottom of the chart. Notice also when the green portion rose to surplus: 1985 when the USA signed its first trade agreement with Israel. Note 1999 when it signed the most onerous of the bunch with China.
        link to neweconomicperspectives.org

        If you want an explanation of sectors, read:
        “Stephanie Kelton: What Happens When the Government Tightens its Belt?” and read the comments.
        link to my.firedoglake.com

      • Sumud
        February 27, 2013, 8:56 am

        Parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between organisms of different species where one organism, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host.
        Wikipedia: Parasitism

        Sounds like an accurate description of the US-Israel relationship to me.

        I suppose if you’re feeling precious you might say that describing Israelis as a different species could technically be described as de-humanising, but it is such a commonly used metaphor for all types of humans that there is no reason Israelis should be exempt.

  3. ckg
    February 26, 2013, 6:40 pm

    Dodge. Never Neutral.

  4. Citizen
    February 26, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Interesting in light of the fact Ford is the only car company that did not take US taxpayer money for bailout.

  5. Citizen
    February 26, 2013, 7:08 pm

    Gee, what a surprise, Israel loves the Dodge macho truck image and US government bailout.

  6. WinstonSmith714
    February 26, 2013, 7:51 pm

    OPM —– i bet they didn’t haggle over the price.

  7. riyadh
    February 26, 2013, 9:13 pm

    I’d rather push a Ford than drive a Dodge

  8. Pamela Olson
    February 26, 2013, 9:58 pm

    I thought this was a Daily Show-style pun — like because Israel always dodges the truth. I guess sometimes a truck is just a truck.

    • W.Jones
      February 27, 2013, 12:23 am

      It’s a dodgy situation most Americans don’t know about.

  9. Abdul-Rahman
    February 27, 2013, 6:55 am

    “IDF to Pump Nearly $200 Million into US Car Industry” what a JOKE. This alleged “$200 million” (if everything is even accurate coming from the source in question) would be just a small/puny fraction of even the daily cost of the massive US military, intelligence, and security budget that is at the level it is LARGELY due to blind US support for Israeli crimes, oppression, and generalized insane behavior. Which clearly due to the US government’s very public role in abetting Israel when she commits her crimes, then of course generates anti-American sentiment around the world. That is again due to the US government pledging undying fealty to Tel Aviv aka “the special relationship”.

    link to youtube.com

    “Ex CIA Chief Michael Scheuer Israel is Worth Nothing to United States. ”

    “Michael Scheuer – “Israel Is Spying On The U.S., Stealing Technology & Bribing Congress”

    “David Cross on the Terrorists” (Hilarious by the way!)

  10. MK_Ultra
    February 27, 2013, 8:59 pm

    Boy, is the joke on them. I mean, us US taxpaying suckers. But either way, it’s a joke, American vehicles have come to represent the rapid decline of the USan Empire.

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