‘Israel receives more US military aid than every other country in the world combined’ — New York Times reveals

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This is actually a very good review in the New York Times of a book that apparently gushes about Israel’s arms industry, The Weapons Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower, by Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot.

Reviewer Rosa Brooks describes the contents of the book, so for about two thirds of the review there is a lot of gushing (How did “the tiny Jewish state manage… to become such a military innovator[?]… brains, pluck and the bracing prospect of imminent annihilation”). But then Brooks, a former Pentagon official and now law professor at Georgetown who has published her own book on permanent war, points out the facts that shine a different light on the issue.

Left largely unmentioned, for instance, is the role of the United States. American security guarantees over the last few decades have kept Israel’s neighbors relatively docile, if not precisely friendly, and nearly a quarter of Israel’s annual defense budget is effectively paid for by the United States. Israel receives more American military aid than every other country in the world combinedA more complete answer to “How did Israel do it?” might be: pluck, brains and billions of dollars of American aid each year.

“The Weapon Wizards” is also largely silent on how Israel uses its military might. Absent is any reflection on the role of the Israeli armed forces in paving the way for the contentious expansion of Jewish settlements into Palestinian territory, for instance, or the Israeli practice of destroying homes occupied by the families of suspected militants, though both have been condemned by the international community.

Katz and Bohbot are similarly uninterested in the brave new world Israel is helping to create…. [T]argeted killings are interesting only because they showcase the combination of “cutting-edge technology, high quality intelligence, and Israel’s best and brightest minds.”

The only significant omission on her part is that she doesn’t mention who Israel helped arm.  They armed some of the nastiest people, like the Guatemalan military. And they are widely believed to have been involved in South Africa’s atom bomb project, and maybe that alleged nuclear test in 1979, too.

The most important disclosure here, though, is about US military aid.

“Israel receives more American military aid than every other country in the world combined.”

John Kerry made a similar statement at the Saban Forum in December:

“I’ve watched while we, the Obama Administration, have put $23.5 billion on the line for foreign military financing. More than 50 percent of the total that we give to the entire world has gone to Israel.”

This fact needs to be reported widely, especially in the light of Israeli human rights abuses Rosa Brooks cites. Arabs know all about what we underwrite, from house demolitions to targeted killings. It’s time Americans did, too.

 

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  1. dx
    February 5, 2017, 4:50 pm

    Facts about US aid to Israel need to come out. It actually may matter more given our current America First political situation. It could tick off trump supporters.

    On a tangential note, the CBS Evening News ran a story about settlements (Thursday or Friday night) that let settlers talk openly about their antipathy for Palestinians. It could have been more hard hitting, but I was surprised to see it at all. They even talked a little bit about the oppression of the Palestinians. By the way, it was a line from Scott Pelley at the end of report two years ago or so about the money we give to Israel that opened my eyes to that.

    • RoHa
      February 5, 2017, 9:30 pm

      Interesting. Since the US MSM hates Trump, and Trump seems to be a very strong supporter of Israel, could the US MSM start criticizing Israel as a way of attacking Trump?

      Naaah. Too much to hope for.

      • Misterioso
        February 6, 2017, 10:43 pm

        Don’t count on Trump supporting Israel.

      • Maghlawatan
        February 7, 2017, 4:51 am

        Trump will support Israel. Bannon wants it to absorb all the liberal Jews he despises

      • Mooser
        February 7, 2017, 12:12 pm

        “Don’t count on Trump supporting Israel.”

        “You neglected to note that Israel is a racist/fascistic entity as well as a belligerent, illegal and brutal occupier of Palestinian and other Arab lands.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/02/receives-military-combined/#comment-175209

  2. DaBakr
    February 5, 2017, 9:02 pm

    the information regarding US military loan guarantees to Israel needs to be exposed?

    what a joke. how long have israel-haters, anti-zionists jew-haters and critics of israel alike been shouting from the rooftops about how much aid israel gets? for at least 20yrs and probably much longer. this line has been one of the most standard positions uttered by the anti-israel crowd forever. the only people not satisfied with the coverage of israeli loan guarantees are those completely and totally obsessed with israel, jews and how israel can be weakened so as to capitulate to arab aggression and arab desire to gain back sovereignty over all the land-from the river to the sea…one of the most popular chants from anti-israel pro=palestinian crowds.

    • Citizen
      February 5, 2017, 10:09 pm

      U can ask 100 average US citizens how much aid we give to Israel and they wouldn’t have a clue, which is interesting since Israel, is the largest recipient of US aid in US history, especially since the majority of US citizens are in horrible economic shape.

    • Marnie
      February 6, 2017, 1:03 am

      Duhbaker – Israel is the welfare queen of the world. And you are full of shit. That’s what happens when a country with a majority of lazy slobs decide they don’t have to do anything but whine and scream antisemite to get whatever they want and continue to rob and steal from the indigenous people. If it weren’t for the u.s., the zionist state wouldn’t exist. Imagine how much different the world would be were it not for the zionist cult and borderless state. Jews would actually live with their neighbors instead of being their overlords. I can only imagine what a much more peaceful world, at least in our part of it, we’d have.

    • eljay
      February 6, 2017, 7:40 am

      || @ak: … the only people not satisfied with the coverage of israeli loan guarantees are those completely and totally obsessed with israel, jews and how israel can be weakened so as to capitulate to arab aggression and arab desire to gain back sovereignty over all the land-from the river to the sea … ||

      Conversely, the only people satisfied with the coverage of Israeli loan guarantees are those completely and totally obsessed with Israel, Jews and how international laws and human rights can be undermined so as to capitulate to Zionist aggression and Zionist desire to establish a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine and prevent the rightful return of refugees to their homes and lands.

    • Mooser
      February 6, 2017, 11:39 am

      “how long have israel-haters, anti-zionists jew-haters and critics of israel alike been shouting from the rooftops about how much aid israel gets?”

      Good point, “dabakr”!! So tell us: how much military aid should Israel get from the US?. Don’t need the amount down to the penny, the nearest million will do.

      Well, “dabakr”? How much, as a Jew and an American, do I owe Israel?

    • Talkback
      February 6, 2017, 2:44 pm

      DaBakr: “… how long have israel-haters, anti-zionists jew-haters and critics of israel … ”

      DaBakr. Israel needs 100% hate to run smoothly. Next time please write “zionist haters” and don’t mention “critics of Israel” at all.

      • Mooser
        February 6, 2017, 3:55 pm

        “DaBakr: “… how long have israel-haters, anti-zionists jew-haters and critics of israel … ”

        Gosh, “dabakr” that list seems to be getting longer and longer! Did you leave anybody out?

    • Misterioso
      February 6, 2017, 10:45 pm

      You neglected to note that Israel is a racist/fascistic entity as well as a belligerent, illegal and brutal occupier of Palestinian and other Arab lands.

    • talknic
      February 7, 2017, 5:51 am

      @ DaBakr February 5, 2017, 9:02 pm

      “what a joke. how long have israel-haters, anti-zionists jew-haters and critics of israel …”

      Uh huh. Yaakov Katz, Amir Bohbot and Rosa Brooks are israel-haters, anti-zionists jew-haters. Best you contact the NY Times

      ” … the only people not satisfied with the coverage of israeli loan guarantees are those completely and totally obsessed with israel, jews and how israel can be weakened so as to capitulate to arab aggression and arab desire to gain back sovereignty over all the land-from the river to the sea…one of the most popular chants from anti-israel pro=palestinian crowds.”
      Strange. The Arab States have had a peace deal on the table that guarantees Israel’s existence and security, giving Israel swathes of territory illegally acquired by war in exchange for peace. In reply Israel continues to illegally acquire non-Israeli territory, illegally settle Israeli citizens in non-Israeli territory, IOW act like a rogue state

  3. JWalters
    February 6, 2017, 1:09 am

    “A more complete answer to How did Israel do it?’ might be: pluck, brains and billions of dollars of American aid each year.”

    Further, the billions of American dollars came from financially sabotaging America’s democracy. e.g. “War Profiteers and the Roots of the War on Terror”, for readers who haven’t seen it.

  4. inbound39
    February 6, 2017, 7:21 am

    The bigger question is at what point do the American people demand the American Government do something about the Israel Lobby infiltration and manipulation of its policies that make such embarassingly large sums available to Israel which make American taxpayers lives harder due to lack of funding for their own purposes but also makes them complicit in Israeli War Crimes. It is time for all good Americans to stand up and be heard. Tell the Government the Special relationship with Israel isn’t Special at all…….its humiliating and insulting for America to be involved in what Israel is doing.

  5. Boomer
    February 6, 2017, 8:59 am

    I wonder if the book, or the review, mentions the disappearance of hundreds of pounds of uranium from the U.S., in what is variously known as the NUMEC affair or the Apollo affair? I first learned about it from a brief, almost cryptic mention in the New York Review of Books 10 or 15 years ago. Since I regularly read several newspapers back then, and considered myself reasonably well informed, I was surprised that such an event wasn’t more common knowledge.

    There have been attempts to exculpate Israel by various means, but these seem unconvincing to me and to many others. There has never been a full public investigation and accountability for the people involved. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists uses the term “theft” in its discussion, which seems reasonable enough, but it seems to me that there may well have been at least a “wink and a nod” tacit approval from one or more U.S. officials somewhere in the Department of Energy. The DOE used private contractors, but they were certainly subject to oversight and regulation . . . or should have been.

    http://thebulletin.org/did-israel-steal-bomb-grade-uranium-united-states7056

  6. Maghlawatan
    February 6, 2017, 10:38 am

    What does military aid do? It oppresses Palestinians and it has destroyed Jewish society.

  7. Maghlawatan
    February 6, 2017, 10:50 am

    Military aid is a sign that Israel has failed. It is addicted to gore. A long way from the song of songs. And hopelessly dependent

    • Misterioso
      February 6, 2017, 10:46 pm

      “And hopelessly dependent.”

      Precisely!!!

      • Maghlawatan
        February 7, 2017, 5:05 am

        Israel needs a self replicating “Liberal Jewish” population in the US that is always as rabid as the Boomers. They need thousands of new Joanies every year. And that is not going to happen.

  8. Ossinev
    February 6, 2017, 1:44 pm

    Meanwhile Mrs May now the default holder of the “leading Friend of Israel” in the UK award has hosted the revolting war criminal Yahoo. She summoned up all of her considerable (not) courage conscience and integrity and told him in no uncertain terms that Israel`s settlements and land grabbing in the occupied Palestinian territories were illegal under International Law and a clear breach of the Geneva Conventions which could lead to the perpetrators being charged and convicted of war crimes in the ICC. Sorry scrap all that last bit. Should read she summoned up etc and told him that it was “unhelpful”.
    http://www.haaretz.com/

    Yet more classic evidence of the protocolesque Zionist influence in Western governments. The only thing that these revolting criminals appear to have not scammed out of the UK and Europe to date is military aid to protect their poor little eternally victimised,eternally threatened Israel – or am I missing something ?

  9. Ossinev
    February 6, 2017, 3:45 pm

    For a flavour of just how unhinged these Israeli Zionists are have a listen to the Mullah like Danny Danon during the recent UN vote on settlements:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOnZm8pl2KE

    It`s December 2016 and this idiot is talking about Maccabees FFS( the 2000+ year old Jewish zealots not the rock band ) and as a final ticking off to all those who voted in favour of the resolution (or abstained ) as being effectively idiots and just to rub it in waving the bible at them effectively saying F… the UN , F… International Law the fairy tale in this book is only law which applies to us and the only one that counts as far as we are concerned.

    Serious living in an alternative reality but because of the paranoid fear of being accused of “Anti – Semitism” no one in the UN appears to be able to stand up and label this c… for being what it is = c… and to say baldly to the Israel representative “if you are not prepared to respect this body , it`s members and the democratic decisions made by those members then we are not prepared to have you as a member”. In other words on your bike – perhaps they could forge some other UN type body of their own – North Korea would certainly see a kindred spirit and no doubt agree to have their embassy in Jerusalem as a sweetener.

    • gamal
      February 7, 2017, 10:23 am

      “the Mullah like Danny Danon” ?

      is this due to Danny’s grounding in theology and law or what are Mullahs like?

      he doesn’t remind me of any of the many Mullahs i have known, you could just have said Muslim like or Arab like to precisely the same effect.

      • Mooser
        February 7, 2017, 12:36 pm

        “gamal”, I noticed that phrase, too.

        I apologize for Weiss and Johnson.

        signed:

        The Rabbi-like Mooser

      • gamal
        February 7, 2017, 1:29 pm

        “The Rabbi-like Mooser”

        well at least you’re no idle fakir

      • Mooser
        February 7, 2017, 1:36 pm

        “well at least you’re no idle fakir”

        My wife accused me of being an idle fakir once, but I managed to convince her the nail-marks on my back were her’s.

  10. Kay24
    February 7, 2017, 12:37 am

    Most Americans do not have a clue about the aid we give to Occupier land, let alone how much in weapons. Yes, they may (foolishly) believe that Israel is the victim (thanks to MSM), but someone has to break it down and compare it to what the money can do for the people in the country, schools, roads, medical insurance, etc. If they knew they were deprived of the help their representatives take away from them, to give to a parasitic nation, I bet they would not like it at all. The zionist media keeps up the false narrative that Israel is surrounded by enemies, and NEVER mentions why those rockets keep being sent, and that people are protesting their lands being stolen. If the zionist media had the guts to keep mentioning the reasons, the words “occupation” and “land grabs”, perhaps there would be a change in attitude once the truth is out there.

  11. iResistDe4iAm
    February 7, 2017, 5:22 am

    A country that cannot provide safe drinking water for one of its own cities, should not be financing the 21st Century’s only active ethnic-cleansing and land-stealing colonial regime.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis

  12. Boomer
    February 8, 2017, 5:11 am

    I wonder if the book or the book review discusses the role of industrial espionage, bribery, and blackmail in the growth of Israel’s wealth and military industry? Though I don’t know whether that word is appropriate when applied to state-sanctioned sharing, which may well be part of what is going on. We know, thanks to Edward Snowden, that the NSA shares with Israel raw intercepts of American’s communications. As summarized by The Guardian:

    “• Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis
    “• Only official US government communications protected
    “• Agency insists it complies with rules governing privacy
    “• Read the NSA and Israel’s ‘memorandum of understanding’

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-americans-personal-data-israel-documents

    Of course, Israel isn’t the only country that engages in such activities (China and Russia being notable other examples), but it is the only one with such an extensive network of support in the U.S. Government, corporations, and society.

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