The announcement last week by the United
States of the largest military aid
package in its history – to Israel – was
a win for both sides.
minister Benjamin Netanyahu could boast
that his lobbying had boosted aid from
$3.1 billion a year to $3.8bn – a 22 per
cent increase – for a decade starting in
Mr Netanyahu has presented this as a
rebuff to those who accuse him of
jeopardising Israeli security interests
with his government’s repeated affronts
to the White House.
In the past weeks alone, defence
minister Avigdor Lieberman has compared
last year’s nuclear deal between
Washington and Iran with the 1938 Munich
pact, which bolstered Hitler; and Mr
Netanyahu has implied that US opposition
to settlement expansion is the same as
support for the “ethnic cleansing” of
American president Barack Obama,
meanwhile, hopes to stifle his own
critics who insinuate that he is
anti-Israel. The deal should serve as a
fillip too for Hillary Clinton, the
Democratic party’s candidate to succeed
Mr Obama in November’s election.
In reality, however, the Obama
administration has quietly punished Mr
Netanyahu for his misbehaviour. Israeli
expectations of a $4.5bn-a-year deal
were whittled down after Mr Netanyahu
stalled negotiations last year as he
sought to recruit Congress to his battle
against the Iran deal.
In fact, Israel already receives
roughly $3.8bn – if Congress’s
assistance on developing missile defence
programmes is factored in. Notably,
Israel has been forced to promise not to
approach Congress for extra funds.
The deal takes into account neither
inflation nor the dollar’s depreciation
against the shekel.
A bigger blow still is the White
House’s demand to phase out a special
exemption that allowed Israel to spend
nearly 40 per cent of aid locally on
weapon and fuel purchases. Israel will
soon have to buy all its armaments from
the US, ending what amounted to a
subsidy to its own arms industry.
Nonetheless, Washington’s renewed
military largesse – in the face of
almost continual insults – inevitably
fuels claims that the Israeli tail is
wagging the US dog. Even The New York
Times has described the aid package as
Since the 1973 war, Israel has
received at least $100bn in military
aid, with more assistance hidden from
view. Back in the 1970s, Washington paid
half of Israel’s military budget. Today
it still foots a fifth of the bill,
despite Israel’s economic success.
But the US expects a return on its
massive investment. As the late Israeli
politician-general Ariel Sharon once
observed, Israel has been a US
“aircraft carrier” in the Middle East,
acting as the regional bully and
carrying out operations that benefit
Almost no one blames the US for
Israeli attacks that wiped out Iraq’s
and Syria’s nuclear programmes. A
nuclear-armed Iraq or Syria would have
deterred later US-backed moves at regime
overthrow, as well as countering the
strategic advantage Israel derives from
its own nuclear arsenal.
In addition, Israel’s US-sponsored
military prowess is a triple boon to the
US weapons industry, the country’s most
powerful lobby. Public funds are
siphoned off to let Israel buy goodies
from American arms makers. That, in
turn, serves as a shop window for other
customers and spurs an endless and
lucrative game of catch-up in the rest
of the Middle East.
The first F-35 fighter jets to arrive
in Israel in December – their various
components produced in 46 US states –
will increase the clamour for the
Israel is also a “front-line
laboratory”, as former Israeli army
negotiator Eival Gilady admitted at the
weekend, that develops and field-tests
new technology Washington can later use
The US is planning to buy back the
missile interception system Iron Dome –
which neutralises battlefield threats of
retaliation – it largely paid for.
Israel works closely too with the US in
developing cyberwarfare, such as the
Stuxnet worm that damaged Iran’s
civilian nuclear programme.
But the clearest message from
Israel’s new aid package is one
delivered to the Palestinians:
Washington sees no pressing strategic
interest in ending the occupation. It
stood up to Mr Netanyahu over the Iran
deal but will not risk a damaging clash
over Palestinian statehood.
Some believe that Mr Obama signed the
aid package to win the credibility
necessary to overcome his domestic
Israel lobby and pull a rabbit from the
hat: an initiative, unveiled shortly
before he leaves office, that corners Mr
Netanyahu into making peace.
Hopes have been raised by an expected
meeting at the United Nations in New
York on Wednesday. But their first talks
in 10 months are planned only to
demonstrate unity to confound critics of
the aid deal.
If Mr Obama really wanted to pressure
Mr Netanyahu, he would have used the aid
agreement as leverage. Now Mr Netanyahu
need not fear US financial retaliation,
even as he intensifies effective
annexation of the West Bank.
Mr Netanyahu has drawn the right
lesson from the aid deal – he can act
against the Palestinians with continuing
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Syria’s Heroic Fight Against Western
By Andre Vltchek
October 04, 2016 "Information
- It is hard to imagine a more
resilient, more heroic nation than Syria!
only 17 million inhabitants (according to
the 2014 estimate), Syria is now facing the
mightiest coalition on Earth – a coalition
that consists of virtually all traditional
Western colonialist and neo-colonialist
also facing some of the cruelest and
deadliest inventions of the West – the
extremist and murderous post- and
pseudo-Islamic groupings, similar to those
that were already unleashed against the
Soviet Union during the war in Afghanistan.
Because of the tremendous determination of
its people, Syria is still standing! But it
is standing against all odds. Its Golan
Heights are illegally occupied by Israel,
its borders constantly violated by the
Turkish military, and by the West’s ‘special
forces’ and air force.
Syria’s “political opposition” was created,
then groomed and financed by the United
States and Europe, in the style of “Color
Revolutions”, as has happened in all other
socialist countries that the West has been
trying to destabilize and return under its
deadly rule. Millions of Syrian people have
been, during the last six deadly years,
terrorized, slaughtered and intimidated by
jihadi cadres, implanted by the West and its
regional allies: Saudi Arabia, Turkey,
Qatar, Israel and others.
a terrible and uneven fight! Some of the
greatest historical cities on Earth, like
Aleppo and Palmira, now lie in ruins and
ashes. What the European Christian crusaders
failed to fully destroy, is now collapsing
under the imperialist onslaught. Like
everywhere else on Earth, everything that
dares to struggle against Western
colonialism is being consistently devastated
and burned. Almost everyone who resists is
mercilessly slaughtered. Hundreds of
thousands of Syrian people have already lost
their lives. And with each new day, the
awful count is rising.
Syria is standing!
million Syrian people have already been
forced to leave their country. Now they are
being scattered all over the Middle East:
throughout Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and
Turkey. Some have even gone as far as
Europe, Canada and Chile.
much more can one country endure?
how can the rest of the world just stand by
and watch as it is put through hell?
answer is obvious: the rest of the world
does not know; it does not understand! The
propaganda coming out of the Western mass
media outlets and indoctrination-spreading
institutions is so thorough, so
professional, that to most of people all
over the world everything related to Syria
appears to be blurry, murky, and incredibly
complex. President al-Assad is demonized on
a daily basis. Heroic resistance is called
the “regime’s brutal actions”, pro-`western
terror groups are described as “moderate
reality, Syria is suffering because it is
refusing to kneel; because it is unwilling
to prostitute itself; because it will never
beg its torturers to stop, allowing them to
grab everything above and under the surface.
Empire never forgives disobedience. Its
fundamentalist terror methods are the most
brutal ever invented and implemented on
around Syria, countries already lie in
ashes. The Middle East hardly exists,
anymore. And most of the Syrian people
understand: it is perhaps better to die
standing, than to live in shackles, on one’s
knees, controlled by the kleptomaniacal
Western colonialist states!
more terrible the terror that the West is
spreading worldwide in general and in this
part of the world in particular, the more
vicious its vitriolic propaganda is, the
brainwashing indoctrination that flows
incessantly from London, New York and Paris.
watches the BBC, there is no hint of
objectivity left, anymore. The ranks are
closed and the West is united in its final
drive to discredit absolutely everything
that is still fighting for survival, against
its global terrorist exploits.
President al-Assad of Syria, the heroic
Syrian army and the closest Syria’s allies –
Russia and Iran – are being relentlessly
demonized, as if it were them who began that
monstrous war! And Hezbollah, which is
fighting countless epic battles against the
ISIS, sits firmly on the West’s terrorist
Everything seems to be twisted and
perverted, upside down.
what really should one expect from the
expansionist hordes, from the bastions of
imperialism? Or has the British (or French)
propaganda been any different, when their
colonialist countries have for centuries
been grabbing and devastating countless
foreign states and territories, slaughtering
hundreds of millions of innocent people?
Wasn’t anyone who resisted Western conquest
always thoroughly ridiculed and demonized?
Countries like UK, France, Germany, Belgium,
Holland, Spain, Portugal and others, have
centuries of experience in how to humiliate
victims, how to justify their own heinous
acts, how to brainwash their own populations
and even some of their victims! And the
United States, the direct product of Europe,
its muscular offspring, is just using the
same, only a bit more vulgar, propaganda
Nothing rational and objective can be
expected from the people of Europe or North
America, anymore. Except for a few of those
insignificant protests and rebellious acts,
the Western population is in a total
slumber, indifferent towards the horrors
that are being administered by its regime
all over the globe. There is hardly any
pressure to stop acts of terror against
Syria. The only thing that seems to matter
to Europeans is how to stop the flow of
refugees from the devastated countries.
shame! What a thorough shame, people of
Europe and North America! Your regime is
murdering millions, in one country after
another, and you are not even capable of
recognizing what goes on… instead you are
blaming the victims and those rushing to
your biggest enemy is Russia. Because Russia
(same as China) is clearly unwilling to
dance to your fatal tune! Because Russia,
for many decades, stood by almost all
oppressed countries, and supported the
de-colonization of the world, in all of its
corners. Like China, Cuba and North Korea
have always done.
is now defending Syria. Not because it needs
natural resources, not because it wants to
plunder. It is doing so simply because it is
right thing to do. It does it because if the
world is abandoned fully to Western
imperialism, there will actually soon be no
world at all, or at least there will be no
world worth inhabiting!
country is a socialist country. For us it’s
more important to consider the benefits to
the entire nation than to particular
individuals. I have spent more than 50 years
dedicating my life to education, which is
the backbone of our country, especially now…
Sometimes I feel like quitting my job and
returning to teaching at Damascus
University, but I know that I am still
needed where I am now,” I was told by Dr.
Farah Motlak, Deputy Minister of Education
of the Syrian Arab Republic.
in Cairo, Egypt, at a regional conference. I
asked him about the Western propaganda
against his country. He replied, shaking his
not even angry… I am just endlessly sad. The
media attacks; the propaganda that is
pouring from the West is clearly designed to
destroy our country. But we have hope, and
we will continue our struggle.”
international meetings and conferences
clearly show how divided even the Arab world
is itself. Syria is a symbol. To some, it is
a symbol of resilience, of heroism. To
others, mainly to those who are funded and
consequently conditioned by the West, it
represents everything that is evil.
Egypt itself (where I’m writing this essay),
just three years after the pro-Western
military coup, is in ruins. Economically it
has become a basket case. It is completely
course its destruction is on a “lighter
scale”, compared to Iraq, Libya or Yemen.
But it is still bad enough: during the coup
in 2013, at least 1, but most likely 2
thousand people were murdered by the junta,
while tens of thousands were injured. An
estimated ten thousand people are now in
prisons all over the country; most of them
in terrible conditions; many are being
tortured, women prisoners are habitually
counter revolution has triumphed,” explained
Dr. Mohammed Shafik, a member of the
Revolutionary Socialist Movement. “All
opposition parties and organizations have
been squashed. Thousands of revolutionaries
have been imprisoned; hundreds executed by
court orders or liquidated by the police…
Neoliberalism is taking hold… people are
Western propaganda shows no appetite for
criticizing the Egyptian military junta. It
is, after all, essentially pro-Western; it
is capitalist and to a great extent it is
submissive to the Empire and to its allies,
including Israel and Saudi Arabia.
with almost all ‘client’ states of the West,
Egypt will never be able to truly improve
the lives of the majority of its citizens.
The country is already stuck deeply and has
been, for decades, in a perpetual social
slumber. Those benefiting from the situation
are the Western powers and their regional
allies, as well as the servile Egyptian
elites and the grotesquely colossal,
Syria were to surrender, the Egyptian
scenario would be ‘the best’ it could hope
for. But most likely, it would meet the
terrible fate of Iraq or Libya.
Syrian soldiers were reported killed in a
U.S.-led coalition airstrike on the Syrian
military base Deir el-Zour, on September 17,
in Eastern Syria.
planes destroyed the base housing soldiers
that were involved in a battle with ISIS.
Almost immediately, the ISIS took over the
hill and the area, in what appeared to be a
clearly coordinated operation between the
West and the “Islamic State”, against the
Syrian government forces.
days later, a humanitarian convoy was hit
near the city of Aleppo. Without presenting
any evidence, the West immediately pointed a
finger at the Syrian government and Russia.
But the Russian Ministry of Defense released
images of a US predator drone operating in
the area during the attack, and called for a
war goes on. The suffering of Syrian people
is one simple point that is being constantly
overlooked by the West:
legitimate government of Syria invited
Russia, its close ally. It asked Moscow for
help, to fight ISIS and other terrorist
groups implanted by the West and its allies.
invited the West!
perhaps those groups that the West itself
created and supported inside Syria invited
Syrian government forces and Russia are
fighting brutal foreign invaders who are
attempting to destroy one of the oldest
nations on Earth and take control over the
entire Middle East.
is at the frontline of the battle against
Western imperialism. And so is Russia. And
also Iran, while China is joining!
sacrifice made by the Syrian people is
tremendous. But against all odds, the deadly
advance of the imperialists may be stopped
here, after all.
wrote earlier, the price may be terrible.
Aleppo is turning into the Middle-Eastern
Stalingrad. But the heroic Syrian nation has
made its choice: it will fight brutal and
barbaric invaders, as it fought the
crusaders under the leadership of great
alternative would be slavery, something
unacceptable for the Syrian people!
Andre Vltchek is a philosopher,
novelist, filmmaker and investigative
journalist. He covered wars and conflicts in
dozens of countries. His latest books are: “Exposing
Lies Of The Empire”
Against Western Imperialism”.Discussion
with Noam Chomsky:
On Western Terrorism. Point
of No Return is
his critically acclaimed political novel. Oceania –
a book on Western imperialism in the South
Pacific. His provocative book about
– The Archipelago of Fear”.
Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press
TV. After living for many years in Latin
America and Oceania, Vltchek presently
resides and works in East Asia and the
Middle East. He can be reached through his website