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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The People Control Nothing
By Paul Craig Roberts
October 07, 2016 "Information
- What must the world think watching the US
presidential campaign? Over time US
political campaigns have become more unreal
and less related to voters’ concerns, but
the current one is so unreal as to be
offshoring of American jobs by global
corporations and the deregulation of the US
financial system have resulted in American
economic failure. One might think that this
would be an issue in a presidential
neoconservative ideology of US world
hegemony is driving the US and its vassals
into conflict with Russia and China. The
risks of nuclear war are higher than at any
previous time in history. One might think
that this also would be an issue in a
Instead, the issues are Trump’s legal use of
tax laws and his non-hostile attitude toward
President Putin of Russia.
might think that the issue would be
Hillary’s extremely hostile attitude toward
Putin (“the new Hitler”), which promises
conflict with a major nuclear power.
for benefitting from tax laws, Pat Buchanan
pointed out that Hillary used to her benefit
a loss almost as large as Trump’s and during
the Arkansas years Hillary even took a tax
deduction for itemized pieces of used
clothing donated to a charity, including $2
for one of Bill’s used underpants.
vice presidential “debate” revealed that the
Democratic Party’s candidate is so ignorant
that he thinks Putin, who is democratically
elected and has enormous public support, is
Here is what we know about the two
presidential candidates. Hillary has a long
list of scandals from Whitewater and Vince
Foster to Benghazi and violation of national
security protocols. She is
bought-and-paid-for by the oligarchs on Wall
Street, in the mega-banks, and in the
military-security complex as well as by
foreign interests. The proof is the
Clinton’s $120 million personal fortune and
the $1,600 million in their foundation.
Goldman Sachs did not pay Hillary $675,000
for three 20-minute speeches for the wisdom
What we know about Trump is that the
oligarchic establishment cannot stand him
and has ordered the Ministry of Propaganda,
a.k.a., the US media, to destroy him.
Clearly, Hillary is the candidate of the One
Percent, and Trump is the candidate for the
rest of us.
Unfortunately, about half of the 99 percent
is too dumb to know this.
Moreover, if Trump were to end up in the
White House, it doesn’t mean he could
prevail over the oligarchy.
oligarchy is entrenched in Washington with
control over economic and foreign policy
positions, think tanks and other lobbyists,
and the media.
people control nothing.
What does the world think when they see
Donald Trump damned because he doesn’t want
war with Russia or the American economy
Where in American politics do Washington’s
European, British, Canadian, Australian, and
Japanese vassals see leadership worthy of
their sacrifice of sovereignty and
independent foreign policy? Where do they
even see a modicum of intelligence?
does the world look to the most stupid,
vile, arrogant, corrupt and murderous
government on the planet for leadership?
is the only destination to which Washington
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts editor of
was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for
Economic Policy and associate the Wall
Street Journal. He was columnist for
Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service,
and Creators Syndicate. He has had many
university appointments. His internet
columns have attracted a worldwide
following. Roberts' latest books are
Dissolution of The Failure of Laissez Faire
Capitalism and Economic the West,
America Was Lost,
Neoconservative Threat to World Order.