Inside the Middle East
November 13, 2009
Posted: 1000 GMT

By Dan Senor and Paul Singer, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Dan Senor is an author, adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and an investor in Israeli companies. Saul Singer is an author and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post. They are co-authors of the new book, "Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle" (Twelve Books).

New York (CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returns to Washington, D.C., Monday to address a conference of the American Jewish Federations at a time of concern in Israel that the U.S.-Israel relationship is adrift.

Dan Senor, left, and Saul Singer
Dan Senor, left, and Saul Singer

Although Netanyahu has used each of his recent U.S. visits to make the case for confronting Iran and its nuclear ambitions, he might consider broadening the subject.

Israel's leader should speak to Americans not just about what threatens Israel, or what Israel's critics say, but also on what is unique about his nation's economy at a time of great economic uncertainty for Americans, when the unemployment rate here has just crossed the 10 percent threshold.

Israel has stood out among advanced economies as a place where the crisis hit softer, and may have passed quicker, than almost anywhere else. Israel's economic growth has not been based on easy credit or a real estate boom, but on the technology-driven productivity gains that economists believe is the key to sustained economic growth.

So what are the lessons for the U.S. economy? Read full article

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Shame_on_anyone_who_supports_Israel   November 13th, 2009 4:13 pm ET

While it is commonly reported that Israel officially receives some $3 billion every year in the form of economic aid from the U.S. government, this figure is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many billions of dollars more in hidden costs and economic losses lurking beneath the surface. A recently published economic analysis has concluded that U.S. support for the state of Israel has cost American taxpayers nearly $3 trillion ($3 million millions) in 2002 dollars.

"The Costs to American Taxpayers of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: $3 Trillion" is a summary of economic research done by Thomas R. Stauffer. Stauffer's summary of the research was published in the June 2003 issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

Stauffer is a Washington, D.C.-based engineer and economist who writes and teaches about the economics of energy and the Middle East. Stauffer has taught at Harvard University and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Stauffer's findings were first presented at an October 2002 conference sponsored by the U.S. Army College and the University of Maine.

Stauffer's analysis is "an estimate of the total cost to the U.S. alone of instability and conflict in the region – which emanates from the core Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

"Total identifiable costs come to almost $3 trillion," Stauffer says. "About 60 percent, well over half, of those costs – about $1.7 trillion – arose from the U.S. defense of Israel, where most of that amount has been incurred since 1973."

"Support for Israel comes to $1.8 trillion, including special trade advantages, preferential contracts, or aid buried in other accounts. In addition to the financial outlay, U.S. aid to Israel costs some 275,000 American jobs each year." The trade-aid imbalance alone with Israel of between $6-10 billion costs about 125,000 American jobs every year, Stauffer says.

The largest single element in the costs has been the series of oil-supply crises that have accompanied the Israeli-Arab wars and the construction of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. â?To date these have cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion (2002 dollars), excluding the additional costs incurred since 2001,â? Stauffer wrote.

The cost of supporting Israel increased drastically after the 1973 Israeli-Arab war. U.S. support for Israel during that war resulted in additional costs for the American taxpayer of between $750 billion and $1 trillion, Stauffer says.

When Israel was losing the war, President Richard Nixon stepped in to supply the Jewish state with U.S. weapons. Nixon's intervention triggered the Arab oil embargo which Stauffer estimates cost the U.S. as much as $600 billion in lost GDP and another $450 in higher oil import costs.

"The 1973 oil crisis, all in all, cost the U.S. economy no less than $900 billion, and probably as much as $1,200 billion," he says.

As a result of the oil embargo the United States created the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to "insulate Israel and the U.S. against the wielding of a future Arab 'oil weapon'." The billion-barrel SPR has cost U.S. taxpayers $134 billion to date. According to an Oil Supply Guarantee, which former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger provided Israel in 1975, Israel gets 'first call' on any oil available to the U.S. if Israel's oil supply is stopped.

Stauffer's $3 trillion figure is conservative as it does not include the increased costs incurred during the year-long buildup to the recent war against Iraq in which Israel played a significant, albeit covert, role. The higher oil prices that occurred as a result of the Anglo-American campaign against Iraq were absorbed by the consumers. The increase in oil prices provided a huge bonus for the leading oil companies such as British Petroleum and Shell, who are major oil producers as well as retailers. The major international oil companies recorded record profits for the first quarter of 2003.

The Washington Report seeks to "provide the American public with balanced and accurate information concerning U.S. relations with Middle Eastern states." The monthly journal is known for keeping close tabs on the amount of U.S. taxpayer money that goes to Israel and how much pro-Israel money flows back to Members of Congress in the form of campaign aid.

The journal's website,, has an up-to-date counter at the top that indicates how much official aid flows to Israel. While the counter currently stands at $88.2 billion, it only reflects the minimum, as it does not include the many hidden costs.

"The distinction is important, because the indirect or consequential losses suffered by the U.S. as a result of its blind support for Israel exceed by many times the substantial amount of direct aid to Israel," Shirl McArthur wrote in the May 2003 issue of Washington Report.

McArthur's article, "A Conservative Tally of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: $97.5 Billion – and Counting" tallies the hidden costs, such as interest lost due to the early disbursement of aid to Israel and funds hidden in other accounts. For example, Israel received $5.45 billion in Defense Department funding of Israeli weapons projects through 2002, McArthur says.

Loans made to Israel by the U.S. government, like the recently awarded $9 billion, invariably wind up being paid by the American taxpayer. A recent Congressional Research Service report indicates that Israel has received $42 billion in waived loans. "Therefore, it is reasonable to consider all government loans to Israel the same as grants," McArthur says.

Support for Israel has cost America dearly – well over than $10,000 per American – however the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been extremely costly for the entire world. According to Stauffer, the total bill for supporting Israel is two to four times higher than that for the U.S. alone – costing the global community an estimated $6 to $12 trillion.

Sharon   November 13th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

I often believe the middle east issues could be resolved in 48hrs if the US just stopped aiding Israel until they come to heal, especially on the illegal settlements. But then the Jewish lobby would unseat any President that even hinted at it.

Bruce   November 13th, 2009 4:29 pm ET

Israel Has Cost Us $3,000,000,000,000...And Given Us 9/11

No more blood in the name of the promised land!
No more American Tax Aid for Israel!!!!

Darren   November 13th, 2009 4:54 pm ET

Start up Culture in Israel. This is the joke of the centuary!!!!!!!!!

Each Israeli receives $14,630 in American tax aid. Israels "start up culture" has killed America!


By Stephen Zunes

Dr. Zunes is an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco

Since 1992, the U.S. has offered Israel an additional $2 billion annually in loan guarantees. Congressional researchers have disclosed that between 1974 and 1989, $16.4 billion in U.S. military loans were converted to grants and that this was the understanding from the beginning. Indeed, all past U.S. loans to Israel have eventually been forgiven by Congress, which has undoubtedly helped Israel's often-touted claim that they have never defaulted on a U.S. government loan. U.S. policy since 1984 has been that economic assistance to Israel must equal or exceed Israel's annual debt repayment to the United States. Unlike other countries, which receive aid in quarterly installments, aid to Israel since 1982 has been given in a lump sum at the beginning of the fiscal year, leaving the U.S. government to borrow from future revenues. Israel even lends some of this money back through U.S. treasury bills and collects the additional interest.

In addition, there is the more than $1.5 billion in private U.S. funds that go to Israel annually in the form of $1 billion in private tax-deductible donations and $500 million in Israeli bonds. The ability of Americans to make what amounts to tax-deductible contributions to a foreign government, made possible through a number of Jewish charities, does not exist with any other country. Nor do these figures include short- and long-term commercial loans from U.S. banks, which have been as high as $1 billion annually in recent years.

Total U.S. aid to Israel is approximately one-third of the American foreign-aid budget, even though Israel comprises just .001 percent of the world's population and already has one of the world's higher per capita incomes. Indeed, Israel's GNP is higher than the combined GNP of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. With a per capita income of about $14,000, Israel ranks as the sixteenth wealthiest country in the world; Israelis enjoy a higher per capita income than oil-rich Saudi Arabia and are only slightly less well-off than most Western European countries.

AID does not term economic aid to Israel as development assistance, but instead uses the term "economic support funding." Given Israel's relative prosperity, U.S. aid to Israel is becoming increasingly controversial. In 1994, Yossi Beilen, deputy foreign minister of Israel and a Knesset member, told the Women's International Zionist organization, "If our economic situation is better than in many of your countries, how can we go on asking for your charity?"
U.S. Aid to Israel: What U.S. Taxpayer Should Know

by Tom Malthaner

This morning as I was walking down Shuhada Street in Hebron, I saw graffiti marking the newly painted storefronts and awnings. Although three months past schedule and 100 percent over budget, the renovation of Shuhada Street was finally completed this week. The project manager said the reason for the delay and cost overruns was the sabotage of the project by the Israeli settlers of the Beit Hadassah settlement complex in Hebron. They broke the street lights, stoned project workers, shot out the windows of bulldozers and other heavy equipment with pellet guns, broke paving stones before they were laid and now have defaced again the homes and shops of Palestinians with graffiti. The settlers did not want Shuhada St. opened to Palestinian traffic as was agreed to under Oslo 2. This renovation project is paid for by USAID funds and it makes me angry that my tax dollars have paid for improvements that have been destroyed by the settlers.

Most Americans are not aware how much of their tax revenue our government sends to Israel. For the fiscal year ending in September 30, 1997, the U.S. has given Israel $6.72 billion: $6.194 billion falls under Israel's foreign aid allotment and $526 million comes from agencies such as the Department of Commerce, the U.S. Information Agency and the Pentagon. The $6.72 billion figure does not include loan guarantees and annual compound interest totalling $3.122 billion the U.S. pays on money borrowed to give to Israel. It does not include the cost to U.S. taxpayers of IRS tax exemptions that donors can claim when they donate money to Israeli charities. (Donors claim approximately $1 billion in Federal tax deductions annually. This ultimately costs other U.S. tax payers $280 million to $390 million.)

When grant, loans, interest and tax deductions are added together for the fiscal year ending in September 30, 1997, our special relationship with Israel cost U.S. taxpayers over $10 billion.

Since 1949 the U.S. has given Israel a total of $83.205 billion. The interest costs borne by U.S. tax payers on behalf of Israel are $49.937 billion, thus making the total amount of aid given to Israel since 1949 $133.132 billion. This may mean that U.S. government has given more federal aid to the average Israeli citizen in a given year than it has given to the average American citizen.

I am angry when I see Israeli settlers from Hebron destroy improvements made to Shuhada Street with my tax money. Also, it angers me that my government is giving over $10 billion to a country that is more prosperous than most of the other countries in the world and uses much of its money for strengthening its military and the oppression of the Palestinian people.
"U.S. Aid to Israel: Interpreting the 'Strategic Relationship"'

by Stephen Zunes

"The U.S. aid relationship with Israel is unlike any other in the world," said Stephen Zunes during a January 26 CPAP presentation. "In sheer volume, the amount is the most generous foreign aid program ever between any two countries," added Zunes, associate professor of Politics and chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco.

He explored the strategic reasoning behind the aid, asserting that it parallels the "needs of American arms exporters" and the role "Israel could play in advancing U.S. strategic interests in the region."

Although Israel is an "advanced, industrialized, technologically sophisticated country," it "receives more U.S. aid per capita annually than the total annual [Gross Domestic Product] per capita of several Arab states." Approximately a third of the entire U.S. foreign aid budget goes to Israel, "even though Israel comprises just…one-thousandth of the world's total population, and already has one of the world's higher per capita incomes."

U.S. government officials argue that this money is necessary for "moral" reasons-some even say that Israel is a "democracy battling for its very survival." If that were the real reason, however, aid should have been highest during Israel's early years, and would have declined as Israel grew stronger. Yet "the pattern…has been just the opposite." According to Zunes, "99 percent of all U.S. aid to Israel took place after the June 1967 war, when Israel found itself more powerful than any combination of Arab armies…."

The U.S. supports Israel's dominance so it can serve as "a surrogate for American interests in this vital strategic region." "Israel has helped defeat radical nationalist movements" and has been a "testing ground for U.S. made weaponry." Moreover, the intelligence agencies of both countries have "collaborated," and "Israel has funneled U.S. arms to third countries that the U.S. [could] not send arms to directly,…Iike South Africa, like the Contras, Guatemala under the military junta, [and] Iran." Zunes cited an Israeli analyst who said: "'It's like Israel has just become another federal agency when it's convenient to use and you want something done quietly."' Although the strategic relationship between the United States and the Gulf Arab states in the region has been strengthening in recent years, these states "do not have the political stability, the technological sophistication, [or] the number of higher-trained armed forces personnel" as does Israel.

Matti Peled, former Israeli major general and Knesset member, told Zunes that he and most Israeli generals believe this aid is "little more than an American subsidy to U.S. arms manufacturers," considering that the majority of military aid to Israel is used to buy weapons from the U.S. Moreover, arms to Israel create more demand for weaponry in Arab states. According to Zunes, "the Israelis announced back in 1991 that they supported the idea of a freeze in Middle East arms transfers, yet it was the United States that rejected it."

In the fall of 1993-when many had high hopes for peace-78 senators wrote to former President Bill Clinton insisting that aid to Israel remain "at current levels." Their "only reason" was the "massive procurement of sophisticated arms by Arab states." The letter neglected to mention that 80 percent of those arms to Arab countries came from the U.S. "I'm not denying for a moment the power of AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee], the pro-Israel lobby," and other similar groups, Zunes said. Yet the "Aerospace Industry Association which promotes these massive arms shipments…is even more influential." This association has given two times more money to campaigns than all of the pro-Israel groups combined. Its "force on Capitol Hill, in terms of lobbying, surpasses that of even AIPAC." Zunes asserted that the "general thrust of U.S. policy would be pretty much the same even if AIPAC didn't exist. We didn't need a pro-Indonesia lobby to support Indonesia in its savage repression of East Timor all these years." This is a complex issue, and Zunes said that he did not want to be "conspiratorial," but he asked the audience to imagine what "Palestinian industriousness, Israeli technology, and Arabian oil money…would do to transform the Middle East…. [W]hat would that mean to American arms manufacturers? Oil companies? Pentagon planners?"

"An increasing number of Israelis are pointing out" that these funds are not in Israel's best interest. Quoting Peled, Zunes said, "this aid pushes Israel 'toward a posture of callous intransigence' in terms of the peace process." Moreover, for every dollar the U.S. sends in arms aid, Israel must spend two to three dollars to train people to use the weaponry, to buy parts, and in other ways make use of the aid. Even "main-stream Israeli economists are saying [it] is very harmful to the country's future."

The Israeli paper Yediot Aharonot described Israel as "'the godfather's messenger' since [Israel] undertake[s] the 'dirty work' of a godfather who 'always tries to appear to be the owner of some large, respectable business."' Israeli satirist B. Michael refers to U.S. aid this way: "'My master gives me food to eat and I bite those whom he tells me to bite. It's called strategic cooperation." 'To challenge this strategic relationship, one cannot focus solely on the Israeli lobby but must also examine these "broader forces as well." "Until we tackle this issue head-on," it will be "very difficult to win" in other areas relating to Palestine.

"The results" of the short-term thinking behind U.S. policy "are tragic," not just for the "immediate victims" but "eventually [for] Israel itself" and "American interests in the region." The U.S. is sending enormous amounts of aid to the Middle East, and yet "we are less secure than ever"-both in terms of U.S. interests abroad and for individual Americans. Zunes referred to a "growing and increasing hostility [of] the average Arab toward the United States." In the long term, said Zunes, "peace and stability and cooperation with the vast Arab world is far more important for U.S. interests than this alliance with Israel."

This is not only an issue for those who are working for Palestinian rights, but it also "jeopardizes the entire agenda of those of us concerned about human rights, concerned about arms control, concerned about international law." Zunes sees significant potential in "building a broad-based movement around it."

The above text is based on remarks, delivered on. 26 January, 2001 by Stephen Zunes – Associate Professor of Politics and Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at San Francisco University.
The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: True Lies About U.S. Aid to Israel

By Richard H. Curtiss

For many years the American media said that "Israel receives $1.8 billion in military aid" or that "Israel receives $1.2 billion in economic aid." Both statements were true, but since they were never combined to give us the complete total of annual U.S. aid to Israel, they also were lies—true lies.

Recently Americans have begun to read and hear that "Israel receives $3 billion in annual U.S. foreign aid." That's true. But it's still a lie. The problem is that in fiscal 1997 alone, Israel received from a variety of other U.S. federal budgets at least $525.8 million above and beyond its $3 billion from the foreign aid budget, and yet another $2 billion in federal loan guarantees. So the complete total of U.S. grants and loan guarantees to Israel for fiscal 1997 was $5,525,800,000.

One can truthfully blame the mainstream media for never digging out these figures for themselves, because none ever have. They were compiled by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. But the mainstream media certainly are not alone. Although Congress authorizes America's foreign aid total, the fact that more than a third of it goes to a country smaller in both area and population than Hong Kong probably never has been mentioned on the floor of the Senate or House. Yet it's been going on for more than a generation.

Probably the only members of Congress who even suspect the full total of U.S. funds received by Israel each year are the privileged few committee members who actually mark it up. And almost all members of the concerned committees are Jewish, have taken huge campaign donations orchestrated by Israel's Washington, DC lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), or both. These congressional committee members are paid to act, not talk. So they do and they don't.

The same applies to the president, the secretary of state, and the foreign aid administrator. They all submit a budget that includes aid for Israel, which Congress approves, or increases, but never cuts. But no one in the executive branch mentions that of the few remaining U.S. aid recipients worldwide, all of the others are developing nations which either make their military bases available to the U.S., are key members of international alliances in which the U.S. participates, or have suffered some crippling blow of nature to their abilities to feed their people such as earthquakes, floods or droughts.

Israel, whose troubles arise solely from its unwillingness to give back land it seized in the 1967 war in return for peace with its neighbors, does not fit those criteria. In fact, Israel's 1995 per capita gross domestic product was $15,800. That put it below Britain at $19,500 and Italy at $18,700 and just above Ireland at $15,400 and Spain at $14,300.

All four of those European countries have contributed a very large share of immigrants to the U.S., yet none has organized an ethnic group to lobby for U.S. foreign aid. Instead, all four send funds and volunteers to do economic development and emergency relief work in other less fortunate parts of the world.

The lobby that Israel and its supporters have built in the United States to make all this aid happen, and to ban discussion of it from the national dialogue, goes far beyond AIPAC, with its $15 million budget, its 150 employees, and its five or six registered lobbyists who manage to visit every member of Congress individually once or twice a year.

AIPAC, in turn, can draw upon the resources of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a roof group set up solely to coordinate the efforts of some 52 national Jewish organizations on behalf of Israel.

Among them are Hadassah, the Zionist women's organization, which organizes a steady stream of American Jewish visitors to Israel; the American Jewish Congress, which mobilizes support for Israel among members of the traditionally left-of-center Jewish mainstream; and the American Jewish Committee, which plays the same role within the growing middle-of-the-road and right-of-center Jewish community. The American Jewish Committee also publishes Commentary,one of the Israel lobby's principal national publications.

Perhaps the most controversial of these groups is B'nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation League. Its original highly commendable purpose was to protect the civil rights of American Jews. Over the past generation, however, the ADL has regressed into a conspiratorial and, with a $45 million budget, extremely well-funded hate group.

In the 1980s, during the tenure of chairman Seymour Reich, who went on to become chairman of the Conference of Presidents, ADL was found to have circulated two annual fund-raising letters warning Jewish parents against allegedly negative influences on their children arising from the increasing Arab presence on American university campuses.

More recently, FBI raids on ADL's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices revealed that an ADL operative had purchased files stolen from the San Francisco police department that a court had ordered destroyed because they violated the civil rights of the individuals on whom they had been compiled. ADL, it was shown, had added the illegally prepared and illegally obtained material to its own secret files, compiled by planting informants among Arab-American, African-American, anti-Apartheid and peace and justice groups.

The ADL infiltrators took notes of the names and remarks of speakers and members of audiences at programs organized by such groups. ADL agents even recorded the license plates of persons attending such programs and then suborned corrupt motor vehicles department employees or renegade police officers to identify the owners.

Although one of the principal offenders fled the United States to escape prosecution, no significant penalties were assessed. ADL's Northern California office was ordered to comply with requests by persons upon whom dossiers had been prepared to see their own files, but no one went to jail and as yet no one has paid fines.

Not surprisingly, a defecting employee revealed in an article he published in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs that AIPAC, too, has such "enemies" files. They are compiled for use by pro-Israel journalists like Steven Emerson and other so-called "terrorism experts," and also by professional, academic or journalistic rivals of the persons described for use in black-listing, defaming, or denouncing them. What is never revealed is that AIPAC's "opposition research" department, under the supervision of Michael Lewis, son of famed Princeton University Orientalist Bernard Lewis, is the source of this defamatory material.

But this is not AIPAC's most controversial activity. In the 1970s, when Congress put a cap on the amount its members could earn from speakers' fees and book royalties over and above their salaries, it halted AIPAC's most effective ways of paying off members for voting according to AIPAC recommendations. Members of AIPAC's national board of directors solved the problem by returning to their home states and creating political action committees (PACs).

Most special interests have PACs, as do many major corporations, labor unions, trade associations and public-interest groups. But the pro-Israel groups went wild. To date some 126 pro-Israel PACs have been registered, and no fewer than 50 have been active in every national election over the past generation.

An individual voter can give up to $2,000 to a candidate in an election cycle, and a PAC can give a candidate up to $10,000. However, a single special interest with 50 PACs can give a candidate who is facing a tough opponent, and who has voted according to its recommendations, up to half a million dollars. That's enough to buy all the television time needed to get elected in most parts of the country.

Even candidates who don't need this kind of money certainly don't want it to become available to a rival from their own party in a primary election, or to an opponent from the opposing party in a general election. As a result, all but a handful of the 535 members of the Senate and House vote as AIPAC instructs when it comes to aid to Israel, or other aspects of U.S. Middle East policy.

There is something else very special about AIPAC's network of political action committees. Nearly all have deceptive names. Who could possibly know that the Delaware Valley Good Government Association in Philadelphia, San Franciscans for Good Government in California, Cactus PAC in Arizona, Beaver PAC in Wisconsin, and even Icepac in New York are really pro-Israel PACs under deep cover?

Hiding AIPAC's Tracks

In fact, the congressmembers know it when they list the contributions they receive on the campaign statements they have to prepare for the Federal Election Commission. But their constituents don't know this when they read these statements. So just as no other special interest can put so much "hard money" into any candidate's election campaign as can the Israel lobby, no other special interest has gone to such elaborate lengths to hide its tracks.

Although AIPAC, Washington's most feared special-interest lobby, can hide how it uses both carrots and sticks to bribe or intimidate members of Congress, it can't hide all of the results.

Anyone can ask one of their representatives in Congress for a chart prepared by the Congressional Research Service, a branch of the Library of Congress, that shows Israel received $62.5 billion in foreign aid from fiscal year 1949 through fiscal year 1996. People in the national capital area also can visit the library of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Rosslyn, Virginia, and obtain the same information, plus charts showing how much foreign aid the U.S. has given other countries as well.

Visitors will learn that in precisely the same 1949-1996 time frame, the total of U.S. foreign aid to all of the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean combined was $62,497,800,000–almost exactly the amount given to tiny Israel.

According to the Population Reference Bureau of Washington, DC, in mid-1995 the sub-Saharan countries had a combined population of 568 million. The $24,415,700,000 in foreign aid they had received by then amounted to $42.99 per sub-Saharan African.

Similarly, with a combined population of 486 million, all of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean together had received $38,254,400,000. This amounted to $79 per person.

The per capita U.S. foreign aid to Israel's 5.8 million people during the same period was $10,775.48. This meant that for every dollar the U.S. spent on an African, it spent $250.65 on an Israeli, and for every dollar it spent on someone from the Western Hemisphere outside the United States, it spent $214 on an Israeli.

Shocking Comparisons

These comparisons already seem shocking, but they are far from the whole truth. Using reports compiled by Clyde Mark of the Congressional Research Service and other sources, freelance writer Frank Collins tallied for theWashington Report all of the extra items for Israel buried in the budgets of the Pentagon and other federal agencies in fiscal year 1993.Washington Report news editor Shawn Twing did the same thing for fiscal years 1996 and 1997.

They uncovered $1.271 billion in extras in FY 1993, $355.3 million in FY 1996 and $525.8 million in FY 1997. These represent an average increase of 12.2 percent over the officially recorded foreign aid totals for the same fiscal years, and they probably are not complete. It's reasonable to assume, therefore, that a similar 12.2 percent hidden increase has prevailed over all of the years Israel has received aid.

As of Oct. 31, 1997 Israel will have received $3.05 billion in U.S. foreign aid for fiscal year 1997 and $3.08 billion in foreign aid for fiscal year 1998. Adding the 1997 and 1998 totals to those of previous years since 1949 yields a total of $74,157,600,000 in foreign aid grants and loans. Assuming that the actual totals from other budgets average 12.2 percent of that amount, that brings the grand total to $83,204,827,200.

But that's not quite all. Receiving its annual foreign aid appropriation during the first month of the fiscal year, instead of in quarterly installments as do other recipients, is just another special privilege Congress has voted for Israel. It enables Israel to invest the money in U.S. Treasury notes. That means that the U.S., which has to borrow the money it gives to Israel, pays interest on the money it has granted to Israel in advance, while at the same time Israel is collecting interest on the money. That interest to Israel from advance payments adds another $1.650 billion to the total, making it $84,854,827,200.That's the number you should write down for total aid to Israel. And that's $14,346 each for each man, woman and child in Israel.

It's worth noting that that figure does not include U.S. government loan guarantees to Israel, of which Israel has drawn $9.8 billion to date. They greatly reduce the interest rate the Israeli government pays on commercial loans, and they place additional burdens on U.S. taxpayers, especially if the Israeli government should default on any of them. But since neither the savings to Israel nor the costs to U.S. taxpayers can be accurately quantified, they are excluded from consideration here.

Further, friends of Israel never tire of saying that Israel has never defaulted on repayment of a U.S. government loan. It would be equally accurate to say Israel has never been required to repay a U.S. government loan. The truth of the matter is complex, and designed to be so by those who seek to conceal it from the U.S. taxpayer.

Most U.S. loans to Israel are forgiven, and many were made with the explicit understanding that they would be forgiven before Israel was required to repay them. By disguising as loans what in fact were grants, cooperating members of Congress exempted Israel from the U.S. oversight that would have accompanied grants. On other loans, Israel was expected to pay the interest and eventually to begin repaying the principal. But the so-called Cranston Amendment, which has been attached by Congress to every foreign aid appropriation since 1983, provides that economic aid to Israel will never dip below the amount Israel is required to pay on its outstanding loans. In short, whether U.S. aid is extended as grants or loans to Israel, it never returns to the Treasury.

Israel enjoys other privileges. While most countries receiving U.S. military aid funds are expected to use them for U.S. arms, ammunition and training, Israel can spend part of these funds on weapons made by Israeli manufacturers. Also, when it spends its U.S. military aid money on U.S. products, Israel frequently requires the U.S. vendor to buy components or materials from Israeli manufacturers. Thus, though Israeli politicians say that their own manufacturers and exporters are making them progressively less dependent upon U.S. aid, in fact those Israeli manufacturers and exporters are heavily subsidized by U.S. aid.

Although it's beyond the parameters of this study, it's worth mentioning that Israel also receives foreign aid from some other countries. After the United States, the principal donor of both economic and military aid to Israel is Germany.

By far the largest component of German aid has been in the form of restitution payments to victims of Nazi attrocities. But there also has been extensive German military assistance to Israel during and since the Gulf war, and a variety of German educational and research grants go to Israeli institutions. The total of German assistance in all of these categories to the Israeli government, Israeli individuals and Israeli private institutions has been some $31 billion or $5,345 per capita, bringing the per capita total of U.S. and German assistance combined to almost $20,000 per Israeli. Since very little public money is spent on the more than 20 percent of Israeli citizens who are Muslim or Christian, the actual per capita benefits received by Israel's Jewish citizens would be considerably higher.

True Cost to U.S. Taxpayers

Generous as it is, what Israelis actually got in U.S. aid is considerably less than what it has cost U.S. taxpayers to provide it. The principal difference is that so long as the U.S. runs an annual budget deficit, every dollar of aid the U.S. gives Israel has to be raised through U.S. government borrowing.

In an article in the Washington Report for December 1991/January 1992, Frank Collins estimated the costs of this interest, based upon prevailing interest rates for every year since 1949. I have updated this by applying a very conservative 5 percent interest rate for subsequent years, and confined the amount upon which the interest is calculated to grants, not loans or loan guarantees.

On this basis the $84.8 billion in grants, loans and commodities Israel has received from the U.S. since 1949 cost the U.S. an additional $49,936,880,000 in interest.

There are many other costs of Israel to U.S. taxpayers, such as most or all of the $45.6 billion in U.S. foreign aid to Egypt since Egypt made peace with Israel in 1979 (compared to $4.2 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt for the preceding 26 years). U.S. foreign aid to Egypt, which is pegged at two-thirds of U.S. foreign aid to Israel, averages $2.2 billion per year.

There also have been immense political and military costs to the U.S. for its consistent support of Israel during Israel's half-century of disputes with the Palestinians and all of its Arab neighbors. In addition, there have been the approximately $10 billion in U.S. loan guarantees and perhaps $20 billion in tax-exempt contributions made to Israel by American Jews in the nearly half-century since Israel was created.

Even excluding all of these extra costs, America's $84.8 billion in aid to Israel from fiscal years 1949 through 1998, and the interest the U.S. paid to borrow this money, has cost U.S. taxpayers $134.8 billion, not adjusted for inflation. Or, put another way, the nearly $14,630 every one of 5.8 million Israelis received from the U.S. government by Oct. 31, 1997 has cost American taxpayers $23,240 per Israeli.

It would be interesting to know how many of those American taxpayers believe they and their families have received as much from the U.S. Treasury as has everyone who has chosen to become a citizen of Israel. But it's a question that will never occur to the American public because, so long as America's mainstream media, Congress and president maintain their pact of silence, few Americans will ever know the true cost of Israel to U.S. taxpayers.

earle,florida   November 13th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

This is very true indeed. The Jewish people are unique in their pursuit of a challenge.....a great attribute to their inate ability to capriciously engender success. Their rapt of knowledge is a profound spontaneously regalia.....a scullion seducing a tyro with offspings being boundless of failure,feeding only on conquering adversity. Their accomplishments in all sciences have greatly enhanced the lives of all mankind. Wonderful article,....Thanks for the read.

A. Smith   November 13th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Israel's can do and spirited new business start-up's are very impressive.

Using both low technology as well as high technology, everyday Israelis are creating wonderful labor saving inventions and jump starting their economy while other nations are economically stalled or frozen.

American Governors would be well served to travel to Israel and observe and learn about the new approaches Israel has learned to apply to its resources to make the most out of them while supplying good paying jobs at the same time.

A. Smith

Hope   November 14th, 2009 3:15 am ET

Sounds like a damage control campaign, kicking in full swing!

Israel accused of heinous war crimes, violation of human rights, oppressing millions of indigenous people, caging 1.5 M human beings in Gaza, erecting segregation Walls..In a bizarre way, It's like saying to the world...look hey, we're not (THAT) bad after all!!...What a clever PR stunt. As if neutralizing their crimes, will make it go away.

I think Netanyahu should ask for more US taxed $$. Forget our millions of uninsured citizens..We should hand out Billions more to Israel, and some free Ice-cream too, for more miracles!

Mordechay Ariely   November 14th, 2009 7:44 am ET

Israel success is not coming out of the blue.

Israel successes despite endless attacks that no nation worldwide phases
Try to imagine what the world can benefit from Israel if many human resources will not have to be allocated for defense.

It is based on the culture of:
People are free to think and express their desires.
Peoples freedom to try to fulfill their dreams.
Don’t hide problems. Problems are debated publically
All the people are equal and everyone can become a leader
The pursuit of knowledge and truth
Every day brings a new issue. Every day search for a solution.

Leaving in this society is challenging and demanding.

university rector   November 14th, 2009 7:49 am ET

interesting lies you spread

Israel for years has not received a penny of economic aid from you unemployed hatemongers Earle, Johnny babbby, Hope, cut-and-paste Darren.

And the miloitary aid MUST (by law of congress) be spent in the US so your unemployement is not higher than the present 10.2%.

John A   November 14th, 2009 8:04 am ET

Americas young and talented would also start up new businesses if they were handed 3 billion dollars of interest free loans every year, paid for by the American tax payer. But this privilege is the reserve of Israel. Possibly someone will be kind enough to explain why the Jewish DNA needs so much assistance? And why does the Jewish lobby bribe individual members of congress to ensure the aid keeps coming.

The American people have never been democratically consulted on this annual abuse of their hard earned taxes? Tut Tut, what would George Washington think? Time to throw some more tea into Boston harbor!! Or perhaps time to throw some Jaffa oranges at least!

Filipe   November 14th, 2009 3:01 pm ET

It's quite amazing and amusing how jealous people are to the fact that Israel has manged to develop such an technologically advanced and prosperous society in the face of such adversity.

If those of you in the US had anywhere near the the level of intelligence, ambition and determination as those who drive the Israeli economy and industrial machine-you wouldn't have made such a friggin' mess out the US and world economy !!

But no-- all you can do is whine and cry and slobber and complain that your sorry state of affairs is the fault of the Jews and Israel.

Then you have the nerve to claim that the prosperity of Israeli society is due to the assistance of the US !!

What a friggin' joke !!!!

So let me get this straight-- the whiners from the US blame the US failures on Israel and the success of Israel is due to the US !!!

Ah ha ha ha ha ha !!!!

Typical --it's always someone else's fault !!

But that's OK you can continue ignore the fact that all of the "aid" provided to Israel is spent in the US.

You can continue to ignore the fact the "aid" to Israel results in high paying jobs in the US.

You can continue to ignore the fact that the "aid" results in tax revenue to the US Treasury!

No wonder the US is in such a sorry state of affairs. When people think and believe as those on this blog, it's no surprise.

miriam   November 14th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

Shame, Darren etc,

There is nothing impressive reproducing opinioned articles by anti- zionist 9/11 conspiracy theorists/ left-wing anti-Republican analyts etc.

Why is there such obsession with US aid to Israel when aid to Egypt is almost as much and aid to Arab/Muslim states totals a greater sum.

Israel is an ally of the US and does not incite violence and terrorism against it.
Israel is a democracy with values and morals almost indistinguishable from those of the US.

One of the authors cut and pasted above has even stated that Washington wants a ME where Israel can serve as a proxy role in projecting US military and economic interests.
That only proves, yet again, the fact that US aid to Israel is not only in Israel's interests but just as much serving the interests of the US.
It is only since the early 70s when the US realized that Israel was actually an asset as an ally that aid increased. Previously aid to the Arab states had been far greater.
Without a strong Israel, war in the ME is far more likely.

The influence of the Jewish lobby in Washington is greatly over-exaggerated. It is only strong because their interests run parallel to each other. The occassional claims of too much influence are usually an attempt to use the lobby as a scape-goat by a member of Congress who disagrees with a policy that has been approved.

The book by Senor and Singer has nothing to do with US aid and everything to do with Israel and Israelis and the innovations and entreprneurship that exists within the state, especially the reapplication of inventions from one field to another and for the benefit of all mankind.

earle,florida   November 14th, 2009 8:51 pm ET

Re:@ U. Rector the unorthodox cantor of pure zionism,...Listen up,...the article has nothing more to say ,than the facts. I myself won't deny credit due,period. Here's another lesson in political history ...regarding Israel,and America to write in your twisted ledger of cynicism. I'll start with the prior seventeen United States President's: W H Talf (1909-13/4yrs.);Pres. T W Wilson(1913-21/8yrs.): W G Harding(1921-23/2+yrs); J C Coolidge(1923-29/6+yrs.); H C Hoover(1929-33/4yrs.);F D Roosevelt(1933-45/12yrs.):H S Truman(1945-53/4yrs.);D W Eisenhower(1953-61/8yrs.); J F Kennedy(1961-63/2+yrs.); L B Johnson(1963-69/5+Yrs.);R M NIxon(1969-74/5+yrs.); G R Ford(1974-77/2+yrs.); J E Carter Jr.(1977-81/4yrs.); R W Reagan(1981-89/8yrs.); G H W Bush #41(1989-93/4yrs.); W J Clinton(1993-2001/8yrs.); G W Bush #43(2001-2009/8yrs.); finally our current president B H Obama II (2009-??/??yrs.) . Now for your lesson,....any,and every sitting president that has gone against or opposed the "AIPAC/adl stepchild" has never served no longer than "Four Years" in America! Remarkable isn't it ,...?

university rector   November 14th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

John A

did you not tire of your lie of 3 bil dollars interest free loans?

you nknow that this money is spent in the Us and cannot be used in Israel

so grow up and stop spreading lies

Filipe   November 15th, 2009 9:42 am ET

John A,

You said-"Americas young and talented would also start up new businesses if they were handed 3 billion dollars of interest free loans every year, paid for by the American tax payer"

You're simply a dithering idiot !!!! ZERO % of the annual "aid" you speak of goes to any Israeli business development or ventures. Your US Congress requires that all of that "aid" is spent in the US to make purchases from US companies and therefore support high paying jobs for US workers and therefore generate tax revenues for the US Treasury!!!

Get you facts straight there John boy !!!! You're whining and crying is appearing more pitiful each time you make a post..

It's amazing how you attempt to blame the pitiful state of the US economy on such a tiny country as Israel--with a population less than the state of New Jersey !!

Take responsibility for your own ignorance and foolishness for a change! No one else is responsible for the sorry state of affairs in the US except for the US !!

Sharon   November 15th, 2009 4:25 pm ET

U. Rector, all independent economic reports show that Americas blind support for Israel is costing America between 150,000 – 200,000 jobs per year. This is a disgrace and it’s about time America stopped funding Israel.

Also you should remember that all other states which receive money from America are:
1. Developing countries – Which Israel is not
2. Hosts American Military – Which Israel does not

Israel has not even sent one soldier to help in Afghanistan or Iraq.
The bottom line is Israel takes from America without giving anything (not even respect to our President) and America pays such a high price for helping Israel that it has crippled the nation’s economy.

miriam   November 15th, 2009 9:59 pm ET


Maybe the independent, anti-Israel reports say that but the reality is the opposite.

There are many countries who receive US financial assistance who would be shocked to be refered to as a developing country.

American military are frequently present in Israel and cooperation between the armies is continuous, the benefits flowing in both directions.

Israel is not part of NATO and is hardly going to be providing troops in such locations for obvious reasons.

It is about time you stop refering to Israel as if it were some kind of leech and learn the about the real facts and aid it provides TO the US..

university rector   November 15th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Sharon, or whatever your name is

you are nothing but a liar

John A   November 15th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

University Rector, you don't even understand the economic reports. Direct US aid to Israel may be spent on US imports, but that is only the tip of the iceberg.

The interest on interest free loans to Israel obviously is not paid back to America. This alone counts for many millions each year. The contracts offered to Israeli businesses could also be offered to American businesses. The billions in profit made by charitable contracts is not repaid to America. The oil reserve created by America to protect Israels oil reserves is not paid for by Israel. The FACTS are Israel sucks billions out of the US economy. The FACTS are nobody in the US has ever voted for this. The FACTS are the Jewish lobby in the states bribes congressmen to secure capital hills signature on loans to Israel.

No more blood in the name of the promised land and no more American taxes to Israel!!

Miriam, who typically inane of you to claim that economists (who know and understand the huge burden Israel places on America) are anti Jew bla bla bla. Have the best economists in the world now been recruited by Al Quiada. How pathetic you are Miriam. Why don't you have a kid with Filipe? We all know what the smallest organ of your offspring will be. What a nasty pair you are. Cant take the facts, so blame everything on anti Semitic behavior. Your sickening, but you don't cry out about anti Palestinian behavior when their civilians are slaughtered by your gutless Israeli army. What a nasty cowardly and deluded person you must be.

Pray for the Palestinians and hope they will soon be free from such oppressive Zionists

Filipe   November 15th, 2009 11:49 pm ET


Are you for real????

Q.--How many US jobs is the Annual $3B aid to Israel responsible for ???

A.-- The $3B is spent in the in the US as required by US law and results in 200,000 high paying full time jobs to produce develop and produce the goods and services which Israel purchases. The $3B is also responsible for the employment of tens of thousands US citizens in support and indirect positions,

Amazing how that works-you must have been confused when you read the article which claims that the US aid to Israel "costs" the US jobs !!!!! It "provides" the US jobs !

Secondly-– Israel doesn't host any US military????? Really !!!!!!

You should really investigate the subject before posting. You might not look so foolish!!!

Filipe   November 15th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

earle, florida,

I'm impressed-- can you recite the entire list of US Presidents beginning with George Washington also?????

University rector   November 16th, 2009 8:21 am ET

John A

You should check your facts

1. The US loans bear interest
2. Everey single penny of theloans is paid back to the US at the dates on which they need to be paid back

but don't letme confuse you with facts, you go on being the liar you are, otherwise you would have no raison d'etre, would you now?

miriam   November 16th, 2009 12:56 pm ET

John A,

What "facts"?

The US congress is elected by the voting public.
The decisions made by the US congress are voted on by the members.
Jewish lobby groups do not "bribe" congressmen, they just have the same political opinions.

So what if Israel receives aid from the US. That is congress's decision and it does not have to fall weak at the knees due to the threats from an alliance of far left lobbyists combined with Islamic terrorists.

Taking into account all grants, loans, gifts, returns, reciprocations etc of US international aid to all countries, Israel is way down the list.

Israel is singled out for criticism over and above any other country.
It is examined and obsessed about in such minute detail.
Despite security and existential threats, Israel provides humanitarian aid to the Palestinians and in war uses techniques unprecedented in any other army to protect the enemy's civilians but is still considered the least moral.

There is enough evidence that Israel is singled out, discriminated against, falsely accused, abused, which ever phrase you choose to use because it is the Jewish state.

I'm not sure who you are praying to since you have previously admitted to abandoning Christianity because of its roots in Judaism.
It can't be Allah either since He respects the Jews and their connection to Zion.
Who is it? al Queida? Hamas?.......

John A   November 16th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

U.Rector, you accuse me of lies when I refer to the best economist reports in the world. So actually you're calling these economists liars.

It seems in your eyes anyone who can see the sad truth about Israel is a liar or anti Semitic. U.Rector, get a life mate and stop calling the majority of mankind liars just because they don't agree with you. Try and be big enough to face the truth.

M Ariely   November 16th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

For the once that are tacking blindly Israel!!!


(only a few samples- CNN will not allocate place for the all list and it will be to long for the readers)_

1.1Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer
Every year in U.S. Hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes
1.2:An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment
1:3 Israel's developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.
1.4: Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with congestive heart failure.

2: Communication
2.1: The cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola
2.2: Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel.
2.3: The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
2.4: Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
2.5: The technology for AOL Instant Messenger was developed Israelis.
2.6: Voice over Internet was developed by Vocatel Israel
2.7: The first PC anti-virus software was developed in Israel
2.8: Disk-on-key was developed by Israel Msystem

3: Environment
3.1: An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave desert
3;2: In response to serious water shortages, Israeli engineers and agriculturalists developed a revolutionary drip irrigation system to minimize the amount of water used to grow crops worldwide.

4: Facts about Israel
4.1: 1:Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan
4.2: 2:I srael's over $100 billion economy is larger than all of its neighbors combined (Egypt Syria +Jordan Lebanon Palestinians)
Israel population = 7 millions. Neighbors population= 115 million
4.3: Israel has the highest rate among women of entrepreneurship
4.4: On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech start-ups.
4.5Israel has the world's 2nd highest/capita quantity of new books.
4.6Israel has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic

WOW!!! Think how much better our world could be if the Israelis were freed from external and unnecessary stresses that take so many lives

university rector   November 16th, 2009 7:52 pm ET

and I repeat, John A

you are a liar

Israel pays interest on the loans

Isarel has never missed a payment on any loan

so tell your sources (if they exist) that they better check the facts, which you NEVER do

miriam   November 17th, 2009 9:22 am ET

John A,

Where have you refered to any economist reports? ( unless you are duplicating yourself and opinions on this blog).
All you've written is your interpretation of ideas written by organizations or individuals who may or may not be economists but in any case have a political agenda.

John A   November 17th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

I have a question for Miriam. In all real democracies the majority of people complain about their governments and can find a million things wrong with their country. So Miriam, what guilt does Israel have in a sixty year old middle east conflict? Please test your democratic powers and give a critic of your own government. I wait for your answer.

University Rector, you are disputing highly qualified economic reports and you are not an economist. How typically arrogant. Israel benefits massively from American aid and that is why you defend the aid so desperately, even though it is a huge burden on the American economy.

Airely that’s right, Israel has Microsoft, Motorola etc......... all companies who have sent American jobs to Israel to help support a lame arse state which wages war on Palestinian civilians.

Filipe   November 17th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

John A,

You refer to "the best economist reports in the world." !!!!!!

Really !!!!

Who ???



I guess me and everyone else who reads this blog missed that posting of yours !!!!!

wainwright   November 18th, 2009 3:05 am ET

With today's news that Israel will not only block the UN investigation of IOF War crimes in their very own Gaza Concentration camp, but will flip the rest of the world off and continue stealing Palestinian Lands and building illegal settlements- they Are AN OUTLAW NATION. Not much different than Al-Qaida, but better funded to implement an International Terror/criminal/state sponsored crimes against Humanity. We will forgive but we will not forget. Our Congress is making a scar on American History by making us accomplices to the crimes in Gaza. The best solution is to boycott/sanction/ divest from all Israeli products/ institutions/corporations/supporters. Start with Starbucks/nestle/Teva pharmaceuticals(generics). It IS working.

University rector   November 18th, 2009 1:59 pm ET

To John A, hope and all you Israel bashing liars, eat this:

IAI established Stark in 2006. It is a US-registered company and all its employees are Americans. The company's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) division makes Hunter MQ-5B UAVs, which IAI developed in Israel for the US Army. Hunter UAVs have accumulated hundreds of operational combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stark has 100 employees at its two facilities; the facility opened yesterday is the third, and a fourth is due to begin operating in 2010.

John A   November 18th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

Filipe and Miriam, I guess you are also capable of reading and referring to the excellent economic articles which have been posted on this blog. I guess you are capable, but from the tone of your statements perhaps you are incapable.

Certifiable Rector, yes America has bought technology from Israel. Do you think America (whom supplies nearly all of Israel’s military components) is incapable of developing this technology for itself? You highlight what I have claimed. Israel is given many soft contracts which could have been given to American businesses. Therefore American jobs are lost to help support Israel. Thanks for demonstrating my point.

It has been said Israel is in the front line against the war on terror. But Israel has not sent one soldier to Afghanistan or Iraq. So it seems Israel’s front line campaign is managed from an armchair while America makes all the sacrifices.

university rector   November 18th, 2009 9:55 pm ET


you tell all of the Americans who have multiple sclerosis not to take Copaxone (a Teva product) or Rebif (a product developed in Israel) or cancer sufferers not to take Erbitux (developed in israel) or women who cannot get pregnant not to take Gonal F (a product originally developed in Israel or you stop using flah memory (a product invented in israel.

Then let's see your boycott, hahahahahahahahahahaha

A. Smith, Oregon   November 19th, 2009 6:09 am ET

Why would a bible thumper like John A, that apparently enjoys using multiple alias's, bash Israel? Christianity stole whole sections of the Hebrew Torah and you sit there and piss on the tree which birthed your religion that you purport to care about so much?

The Israeli people appear to be incredibly inventive, especially given the lack of many natural resources in their arid lands.

In nearly every case when the US military has given or sold military hardware to Israel, they have improved upon its design and then enriched the American military by sharing the product update and design with them.

miriam   November 19th, 2009 6:17 am ET

John A,

Israel has a thriving democracy with more than enough self-criticism, so much in fact, that it is almost self-destructive.

In addition to internal scrutiny, Israel is subject to unprecedented, unparalleled attention and critical examination from the outside

There is not one Israeli or Israel defender who blindly supports every action that Israel takes, however defence against disinformation and false accusations is not indicative of an inability to admit to mistakes and inadequate decisions.
Israel is expected by some to make the perfect decisions in every conflict situation. That is impossible even with the best of intent. But Israel is governed by humans, just like every other democracy, and no human is perfect.

miriam   November 19th, 2009 6:24 am ET


Israel blocking UN investigations?

Gaza "concentration camp"?

Stealing "Palestinian" land?

"Illegal" settlements?

Gilo a settlement?

Crimes against humanity?

Boycotts working?

You are too gullible!

Mordechay Ariely   November 19th, 2009 2:20 pm ET

Difficult questions:

Name one contribution the world made by Arabs the last 100 years

Name two contributions to the world made by the Arabs the last 200 years;
Terror and ignorance

Name 3 contributions to the world made by the Arabs the last 300 years;
Terror, ignorance and lies spreading.

You are invited to ask the questions for the last 1000 years.

miriam   November 19th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

John A and wainwright,

You both obviously choose to ignore the press releases in the last couple of days of the additions to Stark Aerospace facilities in Mississippi.
Stark Aerospace has provided many jobs and contributed to the community, not to mention the developments it provides to the US military.
Stark Aerospace is a subsidiary of IAI North America which is a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries.

university rector   November 19th, 2009 5:07 pm ET


"It has been said Israel is in the front line against the war on terror. But Israel has not sent one soldier to Afghanistan or Iraq. So it seems Israel’s front line campaign is managed from an armchair while America makes all the sacrifices"

your capacity to invent lies and falsifications know no bounds.

Of course there is not a single Israeli soldier in Iraq or Afganistan.

And you know why, don't you?

university rector   November 19th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

Nitwit John

"Certifiable Rector, yes America has bought technology from Israel."

Again you twist facts. Where did anybody claim the US of A do not buy technology?

But you refuse to admit that Israel creates employmet for Americans.

Let me repeat:
IAI established Stark in 2006. It is a US-registered company and all its employees are Americans


university rector   November 19th, 2009 5:11 pm ET

Johnny baby

"Certifiable Rector, yes America has bought technology from Israel."

Again you twist facts. Where did anybody claim the US of A do not buy technology?

But you refuse to admit that Israel creates employmet for Americans.

Let me repeat:
IAI established Stark in 2006. It is a US-registered company and all its employees are Americans


which part did you not understand???

university rector   November 19th, 2009 5:12 pm ET


too busy boycotting so you don't find the time to appologize for your lies?

John A   November 19th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

So A.Smith Oregon calls me a bible basher while on past blogs his mate Miriam calls me a non believer.How confused can these clowns get?

Miriam doesn't answer the question to making a critic of her own Israeli government, she just dodges the question again (guess she gets lost when the phrase anti Semitic cant be applied, poor girl)

Mordechay Ariely exposes his utter racist ignorance. He also forgets the first Terror organization in the Middle East was the Jewish Irgun. The Irgun started a terror campaign prior to the formation of Israel (which happened 60 years ago not 5000 years ago)

The last comment missing from the group of four raving Zionists is Filipe, did he not have time to write insults today?(we must remeber Certifiable Rector = Mordechay Ariely = Dan Perman)

Keep going guys you expose the ugly face of Israels Zionists better than anyone else could.

Meanwhile back to the blog, is there anyone out there with an IQ above 70 who actually believes Israel can stand on its own two feet. Or will America need to wipe your noses and feed you forever?

Filipe   November 19th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

John A,

Like I said above-which just ignored with your lame a$$ gibberish !!!

If you have any answers to the following questions-- maybe you could share them with all of us !!!!

You refer to "the best economist reports in the world." !!!!!!

Really !!!!

Who ???



I guess me and everyone else who reads this blog missed that posting of yours !!!!!

Additionally-- do you really believe that ANY corporation sends jobs to Israel because they feel the need to support Israel ????

If you actually believe that to be true you're a bigger fool than any of us ever thought !!!!

There is one and only one reason that any company would send work to a specific location-- because it's the correct decision from a business perspective !!!!! There's no other reason !!!

But we all see that you fail to understand anything to with with running a business or making good sound business decisions. Otherwise you wouldn't spout off such nonsense !!!

Filipe   November 19th, 2009 10:24 pm ET


While your at it-- you should trash your PC and go back to watching your TV-– there's too many Israeli components inside your PC for you be anywhere near it or any other computer.

Oh--but get it--you need your PC--so that makes it OK !!!!

FYI-– the Gaza Concentration Camps are run and manged and policed and enforced by Hamas--the local authorities!

The Management and administration of the entire Gaza Strip was handed over to the PA in 1994-- Israel has nothing to do with what goes on inside Gaza--nor do they want to have anything to do with Gaza.

And for what it's worth-–it appears that Egypt ha no interest in what goes on in Gaza--nor does Jordan, Lebanon or Syria or Saudi Arabia and on and on !!!!!

What does that tell you ????

And you claim that Israel will block the UN investigation ??? What nonsense are you spouting off about ??? How can Israel block any investigation???? They may choose not to cooperate ! But block a UN investigation !!! Ah ha ha ha ha ha !!!!

miriam   November 20th, 2009 11:32 am ET

John A,

Jews were being terrorized and murdered by Arabs in the Holyland long before 1931, the year the short-lived, quickly dismantled Irgun was formed.

M Ariely   November 20th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

Read and lessen what a free and educated Arab Psychiatrists, Wafa Sultan said in Arabic to Al Jiazira:

You tube link:

it is a clash between two eras.
The culture of the west and the backwardness and ignorance of the Muslims
The mentality of the Middle Ages and the mentality of the 21 century.
It is clash between:
civilization and backwardness,
barbarity and rationality,
freedom and oppression,
democracy and dictatorship,
human rights and violation of these right

Type the link and you will more what the Arab leadership is offering to the world

John A   November 20th, 2009 2:36 pm ET

People should not be afraid to speak out against Israel. Pro Israelis will always make Anti Semitic slurs, but this is nothing less than the new form of McCarthysim!!!!!!!

Previously if you challenged US authority, McCarthy would accuse you of being a communist. Currently if you challenge the Israeli lobby or Israel you will be accused of being anti Semitic.

Both McCarthy and the Israeli lobby attack critics with such slurs as a way to dominate and control. As always freedom must be fought for and it is necessary for everyone to protect freedom of speech and reject manipulative controlling agents like McCarthy or the Israeli lobby.

Israels illegal military occupation is wrong! Israels illegal settlement expansion is wrong! To say such things is not anti Semitic.

It took many years for Americans to find the courage to stand up against McCarthy type slurs. We still wait for an American politician who has the courage to stand up against the anti Semitic slurs made by Israel and the Jewish lobby in America. If Israel is wrong, then it is wrong. Anti Semitic slurs have nothing to do with this.

Its good to see more and more people joining the blog and speaking out against Israels crimes. Don't you agree Filipe?

university rector   November 20th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Johnny babay

you refuse to face facts, as usual:

Andyou refuse to admit that Israel creates employmet for Americans.

Let me repeat:

IAI established Stark in 2006. It is a US-registered company and all its employees are Americans


do you understand basic Enlish, Johnny baby?

John A   November 21st, 2009 1:08 pm ET

To Shame on anyone who supports Israel

Thanks for posting this excellent blog report which was written by a Harvard economic professor!!! Funny how Filipe pretends he has not seen it and Filipe also claims Harvard professors are not leading experts.

Perhaps Filipe relies on University Rector reports from the University of Nigeria?

Israel costs America 250,000 jobs per year!

No more blood in the name of the promised land!
No more American tax aid to Israel!

miriam   November 22nd, 2009 11:20 am ET

John A,

Again you latch on to the latest anti-Israel language currently doing the circuit.
What you don't realize is that the sources of all this hate-speech are all well known anti-zionists and anti-semites and their opinions are known to be only opinions and biased at that.

Filipe   November 22nd, 2009 2:54 pm ET

John A,

You who repeatedly claim to not be an American--- and now you speak of McCarthyism and say-- "We still wait for an American politician who has the courage to stand up against the anti Semitic slurs made by Israel and the Jewish lobby in America" !!!

So who are you, really??

But you are truly clueless-–

You've never-not a single time-ever seen a post from me which accused anyone- of anti Semitism.

Are you and Shame one in the same????? You claim to present and refer to "the best economist reports in the world." --but when confronted with the questions-Who, What, Where, and When-– you answer with a referral to Shame's post !!!!!!

Additionally, on what do you base your claim of -–"Israel costs America 250,000 jobs per year!"

Please do explain this !!!

The esteemed Economist and Harvard Professor whose' article that your alter ego, Shame, posted certainly fails to identify the source or provide any such explanation for making such a claim.

But you jump on it like it's gospel and haven't a clue as to why the claim was even made!!!!

This clown could have said "Israel costs America 2.5 million jobs per year!"-- and you would believed this also !!!!

But to what do you attribute his -and your claim????

Is it because people in the US buy goods and services from Israel instead of US based companies??

Is it because US businesses choose to do business with Israeli companies???

If this is your logic--you should look at the entire world, each and every country that exports anything to the US and see how many jobs are lost from the US to the rest of the world !!!!

I bet you'd find out that the so called job loss to Israel is pi$$ in a bucket compared to the rest of the world !!!!

But I understand-your only interest is bashing Israel-– for any reason !!!

John A   November 22nd, 2009 2:55 pm ET

Miriam are you McCarthys daughter?

People should not be afraid to speak out against Israel. Pro Israelis will always make Anti Semitic slurs, but this is nothing less than the new form of McCarthysim!!!!!!!

Previously if you challenged US authority, McCarthy would accuse you of being a communist. Currently if you challenge the Israeli lobby or Israel you will be accused of being anti Semitic.

Both McCarthy and the Israeli lobby attack critics with such slurs as a way to dominate and control. As always freedom must be fought for and it is necessary for everyone to protect freedom of speech and reject manipulative controlling agents like McCarthy or the Israeli lobby.

Israels illegal military occupation is wrong! Israels illegal settlement expansion is wrong! To say such things is not anti Semitic.

It took many years for Americans to find the courage to stand up against McCarthy type slurs. We still wait for an American politician who has the courage to stand up against the anti Semitic slurs made by Israel and the Jewish lobby in America. If Israel is wrong, then it is wrong. Anti Semitic slurs have nothing to do with this.

Filipe   November 22nd, 2009 3:26 pm ET

John A and your brother Shame,

If you two clowns would take the time to really read the the WRMEA report you guys refer to --you'd figure out that the -"Israel costs America 250,000 jobs per year!" statement you clowns make is not at all what is contained in the fine print details of Thomas R. Stauffer's report!!!!

Specifically, he attributes a loss of 275,000 US jobs due to the Middle East conflict as a result of trade sanctions and embargoes to such countries as Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya !!!!!

Go figure !!!! He blames the job losses on Israel-- because of US sanctions and embargoes on rogue countries !!!!!

What a joke !!!

This claim in and of itself speaks volumes as to the objectivity contained in the creation and details of the report!

This guy should have been thoroughly discredited for such a compilation of partial, biased and opinionated information contained in this report!

But that's OK, John boy Shame--keep spreading the propaganda !!!! Someone will swallow it !!

Hope   November 22nd, 2009 6:34 pm ET

miriam..There is no such a thing a anti-semitism..Communism fell long time ago and Jews are FREE to practice their faith. And they are.

Anti Israel, YES!!.

Anti-semitic is a (handy) word used and over-used by American media, to gain people's divert attention from Israel's War Crimes, to cover up on Israel's Racist Government. Somehow It's not working. Why?

Realistically, the young and bright generation of today don't buy into propagandist words..and base their ideology on current facts and evens! God bless the internet!!

university rector   November 22nd, 2009 7:19 pm ET

John A

face facts and stop your lies:

you refuse to face facts, as usual:

Andyou refuse to admit that Israel creates employmet for Americans.

Let me repeat:

IAI established Stark in 2006. It is a US-registered company and all its employees are Americans


do you understand basic Enlish, Johnny baby?

M Ariely   November 22nd, 2009 8:41 pm ET

Coming soon: end of the start up culture worldwide:
How may start ups have been developed in Muslim culture?

Iran goals by Ahmadinijad:
His words without any interpretation.

Islam worldwide and end of democracy

1:At a ceremony,president Ahmadinejad said that the mission of Iran’s
Islamic regime was to raise the message of the coming of the Mahdi
link:ILNA, Iran September 8 2009
2:Addressingin eastern Azarbaijan province, Iranian President
Ahmadinejad said today that liberal democracy is on its last legs.
link:IRIBnews, Iran November 20 2009

John A   November 23rd, 2009 10:00 am ET

To University Rector of the University of Nigeria,

Yes I do understand English. Do you understand mathematics?

America loses 250,000 jobs per year because of its support for Israel.
In return Israel creates 500 job in the USA.

Rector, Please do the maths and tell me who gains and who loses.

p.s. everybody else knows the answer as they are not blinded with Israeli arrogance and propaganda. Rector, take your time figure it out and use a calculator if needed.

University rector   November 23rd, 2009 11:06 am ET

Johnny baby

"America loses 250,000 jobs per year because of its support for Israel'

oh yeah? prove it.

Israel creates 500 jobs?

when almost $3 billion are spent on US goods by israeli complying with US law which requires israel to spend the aid money in the USA, you claim 500 jobs? 500 people can produce $3 billion?

you don't believe that yourself....

miriam   November 23rd, 2009 3:34 pm ET


If you believe that anti-semitism no longer exists and that all Jews are free to practise their religion, then you are indeed living in a very closed, ill-informed world.

Is "anti-Israel" against Israeli policy or against the existence of the Jewish state?

There is no crime in disagreeing with some Israeli policies, if one is correctly informed as to what her policies are. It is, of course, impossible to be critical of every policy of a state unless there is pure discrimination against it.
If that discrimination is directed towards Israel, with obsessive addiction, then that is obviously the new anti-semitism.

Anti-semitism has existed for centuries.
It would be wonderful if in the 21st century it had miraculously disappeared, however it has not.
Those who claim to the contrary are trying to justify their own hateful racist ideology.

Mordechay Ariely   November 23rd, 2009 7:40 pm ET

3 point about the Global jobs:

1:Where to are going the MILLIONS OF JOBS lost by the West ( globalization remember?)
Vehicles are manufactured in Japan, Korea, and Turkey
Closes are manufactures in China, Indonesia, and Malaysia
Electronics are made in Taiwan, Singapore, and China
Internet support is provided by India, China
Agriculture goods are imported from: Morocco, Tunisia
Not to Israel
2:What type of working force has been encouraged to immigrate to USA, Germany, England by the governments the last 20 years?
Engineers, economists, doctors
Why they desired those people?
Because the local working forces numbers coudnt supply the demand.
Where else they found such capabilities without encouraging immigrations?
:What Israel exports?3
Israel 's highly skilled engineers are developing many new innovative products.
Creating new jobs worldwide
Almost all of those innovations are used by Global companies to manufacture goods all over the world including the West and USA/
That includes Motorola, Intel , IBM .
Example: Boeing general manager said :"
"The products invented in Israel and manufactured by USA aircraft industry values more than 100 billion dollars.
And the timeless availability for us to use Israel innovation has a value difficult to be measured"

Filipe   November 23rd, 2009 8:17 pm ET

John A Shame,

What is this nonsense-–"Israels illegal military occupation is wrong! Israels illegal settlement expansion is wrong!" ????

While you may choose to disagree with what is going on- I challenge you to provide any single piece of documented proof, from any court of law that has ruled on these issues and found them to be- " illegal"--as you so profess !!!

But, I know, as the typical whiner that you are, all you'll do is make a lame attempt to chastise me for questioning your point and ignore my request to for you to provide proof of your claim!

Yes!!!-– How dare I ask for you to provide proof of what you say !!!!!!

Give it a break John, your constant whining got old a long time ago!!!

By the way there's a whole string of questions posted above asking you to explain yourself on several of the points you've attempted to make-- Why no answers????? Not a single one !!!! Amazing !!!!

John A   November 24th, 2009 11:43 am ET

Rector of Nigeria, America gives 3 billion to Israel for Israel to spend in America. America could give 3 billion directly to Americans. Rector, when you recover from your recent lobotomy, you might want to try the maths again.

university rector   November 24th, 2009 9:12 pm ET


no whining and BS-ing of yours is changing the facts:

I am right and you are wrong

tough, but true

By the way, I would be honored to head a university in the great country of Nigeria,

Filipe   November 24th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

John A,

Apparently the US government and the US Congress believe the $3Billion is better spent by the Israelis in the US than any US group manage to do!

What does that tell you ???

But wait???

Still no answers to the questions above ????

miriam   November 25th, 2009 6:33 am ET

John A,

That "3 billion" could come easily from all the aid that the US gives to states that continue to incite against the US and her troops and barely return a cent.

Angel   November 25th, 2009 10:17 am ET

Guy’s whatever way you slice it, Israel is being feed by America.

Miriam you talk of states who are incited against the US. Unfortunately Americas standing in the world is very low. This is mostly due to America’s foreign policy and largely this comes down to America’s blind and unfair support of Israel. So it seems you are argument goes around in pointless circles.

John A   November 25th, 2009 1:33 pm ET

University Rector of Nigeria, was your post edited. I ask as once more it seems you have nothing intelligent to say.

No more blood in the name of the promised land and no more American tax aid to Israel!!

John A   November 25th, 2009 1:48 pm ET

p.s. University Rector of Nigeria,
I have found your University:

miriam   November 25th, 2009 3:10 pm ET


The US's standing is only low in the view of the political few.

The majority of the world are in awe of the great power, wanting its clothes, technology, money, weapons, freedom and especially visas.

If some of the world's political leaders cannot cope with the US's democratic support for one small country then they do not understand the free world and all the advantages that come with it.

Angel   November 25th, 2009 5:27 pm ET

Miriam, is there more than one USA. How can there be confusion here? When was the last time you were in Europe or Asia.

The yanks are not trusted or respected as much as they once were. Something to do with war for oil and weapons of mass destruction which didn't exist. Something to do with double standards and even Israel doesn't respect America anymore.

Please tell us all about the countries who are in awe of Americas political corruption, crime rate & economic melt down. Who is in awe of the McCarthyist style Israeli lobby in the USA, where everyone is accused of being anti Semitic if they don't do what Israel wants.

Miriam you must have travelled through a star gate and arrived in a different time. Nobody respects America anymore. But if America wanted to improve its international reputation it could show an honest even hand in the Middle East. Perhaps the best start to a new and honest America would be to let Israel receive a fair trail in the international criminal court. If America again vetoes the us of justice against it ally Israel, then America can kiss good bye to any chance of regaining respect in this world.

availkBathBag   November 25th, 2009 6:30 pm ET

I really enjoyed reading this post, keep up creating such exciting articles!

university rector   November 25th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

johnny baby, eat this, (and now you will claim that the Wall Street Journal is a zionist paper, right?)

Review by James Glassman in The Wall Street Journal
Start-Up Nation
By Dan Senor and Saul Singer
Twelve, 304 pages, $26.99

'There are more new innovative ideas . . . coming out of Israel than there are out in [Silicon] Valley right now. And it doesn't slow during economic downturns." The authors of "Start-Up Nation," Dan Senor and Saul Singer, are quoting an executive at British Telecom, but they could just as easily be quoting an executive at Intel, which last year opened a $3.5 billion factory in Kiryat Gat, an hour south of Tel Aviv, to make sophisticated 45-nanometer chips; or Warren Buffett, who in 2006 paid $4 billion for four-fifths of an Israeli firm that makes high-tech cutting tools for cars and planes; or John Chambers, Cisco's chief executive, who has bought nine Israeli start-ups; or Steve Ballmer, who calls Microsoft "as much an Israeli company as an American company" because of the importance of its Israeli technologists. "Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Intel, eBay . . . ," says one of eBay's executives. "The best-kept secret is that we all live and die by the work of our Israeli teams."

Israel is the world's techno-nation. Civilian research-and-development expenditures run 4.5% of the gross domestic product—half-again the level of the U.S., Germany or South Korea—and venture-capital investment per capita is 2½ times that of the U.S. and six times that of the United Kingdom. Even in absolute terms, Israel has only the U.S.—with more than 40 times the population—as a challenger.

As Messrs. Senor and Singer write: "Israel—a country of just 7.1 million people—attracted close to $2 billion in venture capital [in 2008], as much as flowed to the U.K.'s 61 million citizens or the 145 million people living in Germany and France combined." At the start of 2009, some 63 Israeli companies were listed on the Nasdaq, more than those of any other foreign country. Among the Israeli firms: Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world's largest generic drug maker, with a market cap of $48 billion; and Check Point Software Technologies, with a market cap of $7 billion.

Such economic dynamism has occurred in the face of war, internal strife and rising animosity from other nations. During the six years following the bursting of the tech bubble in 2000, Israel suffered one of its worst periods of terrorist attacks and fought a second Lebanese war; and yet, as the authors note, its "share of the global venture capital market did not drop—it doubled, from 15 percent to 31 percent."

university rector   November 25th, 2009 9:55 pm ET


where do you live? Jeballya?

miriam   November 26th, 2009 9:51 am ET


You believe too much in the media!

Most of the world doesn't watch or read the news and sees the US as the promised land.

You may find it hard to accept, but you are in the minority.

Anonymous Friend   November 26th, 2009 1:49 pm ET

Miriam you are in the minority. But as you claim, America/ Israeli supporters do not read the news!! They live in ignorance

Anonymous Friend   November 26th, 2009 1:54 pm ET

University Rector you keep quoting American business investments in Israel as if they are Israeli success stories. Israel is feed by America.

There are no wonderful Israeli inventions or businesses which have spread across the globe. You quote American investments and claim they are Israels ideas.

miriam   November 26th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

Anonymous friend,

How did you post that blog?

How and why do you (presumably) use a cell-phone?

Which technologies produce the food you eat?


Hospital equipment

International defence and security systems.

Etc etc

Nothing to do with US tax investments.

Incidently, ignorance can be gained by watching and reading too much news. It's mostly opinion, not facts.

A. Smith, Oregon   November 26th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

And what news would that be, the propaganda that is constantly spewed out by Islamic ruled country's?

In country's that routinely treat their donkeys with more kindness and mercy than women, consider that the Israeli digital inventions might take a few years to show up in the hands of some rogue residents who are ignoring the ban's on digital music, cell phones, satellite dishes and the internet.

university rector   November 27th, 2009 8:18 pm ET


"There are no wonderful Israeli inventions or businesses which have spread across the globe"

Oh yeah? Where did you spend the last 25 years?

Try the following:

Teva, the largest generic pharma firm in the world
Rebif,Copaxone, Pergonal, Erbitux to name just a few bloclbuster drugs originating in Israel
Disk-on key (ever heard of it?)
The cell phone was mostly developed in Motorola Israel
Most Intel fast chips were developed in its Haifa development center
most of WINDOWS NT operating system developed in Israel
the pill cam is an Israeli invention
drip irrigation was invented in Israel
Pentium MMX technology was developed in Israel
Voice mail technology was developed also in Israel

There are many more, Anonymus, you want me to list them especially for you???

Filipe   November 28th, 2009 2:09 pm ET


Are you of the impression that International Criminal Court has the power and authority to put a sovereign nation state on trial ???

You should really investigate who and what the ICC really is before making such wild a$$ comments about the ICC, justice and the US !!!

The ICC can only prosecute -- "individuals" !!!!!

It cannot prosecute a "nation" !!!

How is it that you think the US can stop the ICC from prosecuting an individual???

This nothing more than another lame excuse used by someone who can't stand the fact that the ICC has yet to establish that there are any facts and proof of which would pass the test of judicial review in order to bring an indictment against anyone on criminal charges !!!

Filipe   November 28th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

Anonymous Friend.

Apparently all of the noted businesses in Israel has been made for reasons beyond your comprehension.

Do you think these investments and businessmen involved were made simply because the they wanted to do business in Israel??

You also seem to be quite confused about the circumstances of these investments. None are investments in the state or government of Israel. These investments are strictly in the private sector.

You are obviously extremely jealous of the fact that Israel has such thriving economy and technology base can't stand the fact that she is successful.

You need to get over it and stop your whining !

A. Smith, Oregon   November 29th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Iran appears to be moving ahead with their construction of 9 more Uranium refinery plants.

Apparently the Iranian Ayatollahs, Mullahs and Islamic Clerics are literally begging Israel and America to destroy all of Iran's Nuclear facility's.

Israel and America should oblige Iran and if the British, France and Germany want some payback for the Islamic led massacres upon civilians in their country's, they should each directly take parts in that mission.

I support the Swiss people that have banned Islamic minarets which they felt represent the growth of an ideology and a legal system – Sharia law – which they determined was totally incompatible with Swiss democracy.

I support the Australian people that are permanently deporting all Muslims that preach, extol and work to enable the ideology and Islamic legal system known as Sharia law from their country.

I urge all Western Country's to follow the leads by Switzerland and Australia to enact the same or similar laws against Islam enacting Sharia law in their country's.

John A   November 30th, 2009 5:21 pm ET

A.Smith, Filipe, University Raver and Miriam,

Sounds like you are almost ready to launch a new crusade. But before you do I suggest you read Don Quijote.

In a world full of A.Smith's, Filipe's, University Raver's and Miriam's, humanity deserves nothing more than recession and war.

Filipe   December 1st, 2009 12:40 pm ET

John A,

Since you profess to believe that -–"humanity deserves nothing more than recession and war."

I suggest you reverse your course, refrain from promoting and denounce the use of violence by the Arab world between their various factions and the civilian populations of their neighboring countries.

This might go a long way toward achievement of your stated belief.

m.gibson   December 1st, 2009 5:39 pm ET

911 was an inside job.

If you now how to read, you have no excuse not to know the truth.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 7th, 2009 8:28 pm ET

Look at the violence in Iran and Pakistan among Muslims vs Muslims. The Muslim goal and belief that nothing but peace exists in Islamic Ruled Country's is clearly revealed as a falsehood.

There is nothing but more violence and more deaths in Islamic Ruled Country's, regardless if it is Muslim vs Muslim or not.

The Muslim religion is becoming unraveled, their falsehoods are being revealed around the world and will serve to block all Muslim attempts to enact Sharia Laws in further country's.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 15th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Wow, Israel has reacted angrily to the issuing by a British court of an arrest warrant for the former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni.

This action clearly shows that UK lawmakers have determined that laws allow domestic courts in countries around the world to try war crimes suspects, even if the crime took place outside the country and the suspect is not a citizen.

That certainly is a change against the Bush-Cheney doctrine of 'You are with us, or again Us'.

CIA agents on trial in Italy for kidnapping one of their citizens, now the UK issuing a criminal warrant against a suspect that is neither a citizen of the UK nor did the alleged crime take place in the UK.

I sincerely hope that Bush sr., Bush jr. and Dick (shooter) Cheney travels overseas and is placed on trial for their war crimes.

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