US Aid to Israel’s Enemies


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America has been amazingly generous to many Arab and Muslim countries over the past few decades. Yet America is still viewed quite unfavorably in almost all of the Arab world, and in much (but not all) of the Muslim world; and Arab governments routinely vote against the USA in the UN.  On average, Muslim countries vote against the USA c.75% of the time.  The worst offenders are Syria (87%), Lebanon (80%), Egypt (79%), Libya (76%), Pakistan (75%), and Saudi Arabia (73%). Even Jordan, perhaps the most westernized of all Muslim countries, voted against the USA 60% of the time; yet it will be the happy recipient of $4.5 billion in US aid in 2012.

And speaking of Libya, Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the commander of the U.S. European Command told the U.S. Senate that el-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies.  This was confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the el-Qaeda units.

And then we have the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas.   Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, the PA has received over $4 billion in direct US aid.  American taxpayers’ money, thoroughly documented by the Congressional Research Service and others, along with funds from the UK, EU, Japan, India, and the World Bank, flow directly into the PA’s general fund.  Once there, its uses cannot be traced.  Cash is fungible, corruption is rife, and Arafat kept the records in a little black book (literally) in his shirt pocket!  Under Abbas things have improved; but even if American dollars are not being used directly to support terrorist activities or enrich the personal bank accounts of terrorists or government officials, they are most assuredly freeing up other money elsewhere in the PA and Hamas budgets to go directly to the costs of fielding various terrorist armies.

One example of the very troublesome possibility that American aid is funding Palestinian terrorism is the case of American support for Palestinian universities.

Millions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid have been given in the past several years to two Palestinian universities, one of them controlled by Hamas, which have participated in the advocacy, support or glorification of terrorism. The funding, principally in scholarships to individual students, is being eyed by several members of Congress and their aides, including Rep. Gary Ackerman (Dem. NY), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, who says that this aid may violate U.S. law.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided more than $140,000 in assistance to the Hamas-controlled Islamic University in Gaza, including scholarships to 49 of its students, since Congress changed the law in 2004 to restrict aid to entities or individuals “involved in or advocating terrorist activity.”

USAID also gave $2.3 million last year to the Al-Quds University, in Gaza City, which is controlled by Hamas and has student groups affiliated with Hamas and other designated terrorist organizations on campus.  This university was founded by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, former leader of Hamas, who used it as a base of operations; and it is now serving in that same capacity for Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.  For details on USAID’s indirect support for terrorism see here, here, here, and here.

But perhaps most outrageous of all, almost half of the aid received by the PA this year will go to pay the salaries of almost 5, 500 terrorists held in Israeli prisons.

Over the past decade, billions of American tax-payer dollars flowed into the coffers of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to indirectly support Palestinian terrorists, and to directly fund universities where Hamas operatives recruit and have bases of operations.  This year the lion’s share of American largesse will enrich the bank accounts of incarcerated terrorists and mass murderers.  Yet, the Obama administration is lobbying Congress to unblock the $ 200 million in aid for the PA that was frozen when President Abbas asked for UN recognition.

American aid to Israel saves American lives, enhances our ability to confront our enemies, improves our military intelligence, and supports our only stable and reliable ally in the Middle East; even as the majority of that aid flows back into the American economy.

American aid to Muslim countries supports our enemies, assists them to kill our own soldiers, funds the countries that seek our destruction, and pays the salaries of terrorists and mass murderers.  There is no evidence that a penny of that aid is ever spent for American goods or services.  As Cal Thomas put it: “U.S. aid to Muslim nations is not paying us any dividends.”

Notes:

[1] The most infamous of late being Walt and Mearsheimer, http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/john-mearsheimer/the-israel-lobby (and see http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=376&PID=0&IID=1795 for a very thorough rebuttal); and Thomas Stauffer in The Christian Science Monitor,  Dec. 9, 2002,

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1209/p16s01-wmgn.html (and see http://honestreporting.com/u-s-aid-to-israel/?mobile=1 for a very thorough rebuttal); Stephen Zunes in The Jerusalem Fund, Feb., 2001, http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/www.thejerusalemfund.org/carryover/pubs/20010201ftr.html; Scott McConnel, “The Special Relationship with Israel: Is it worth the Cost?,” Middle East Policy Council Archive, http://www.mepc.org/journal/middle-east-policy-archives/special-relationship-israel; and a variety of articles over the last few years condemning Israel and urging the USA to end its support, financial and political, for Israel in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), and especially the August, 2008 edition, http://www.highbeam.com/publications/the-washington-report-on-middle-east-affairs-p61470/august-2008.

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  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Israel is its own worst enemy, and yet we still fund them. Why should we divest from the whole Muslim world?

    • UCSPanther

      Translation: Elect Ron Paul, put sanctions on Israel and form an alliance with Iran.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Yeah, not the alliance with Iran, though.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Why should we divest from the whole Muslim world?

      Because the Islamic world is our eternal enemies and the enemies of all non-Muslim unbelievers throughout the world. That you are blind to this obvious reality is a direct result of your unhinged obsession with hating Jews. If I were you, I would seek mental help.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        No, not really. We don’t have eternal enemies. We don’t think like Hitler or Moses.

        • ziontruth

          To quote a paraphrase I saw on Gates of Vienna of a famous quote: You may not be interested in the jihad, but the jihad is interested in you.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            That sounds like some crap a Christian would say about Jesus. You are evangelizing fear.

          • ziontruth

            HaShem has given people free will, which includes the free will to ignore reality. Your desire, your choice, and your later payment of the price.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Gesundheit. So your God works for Experian?

    • ziontruth

      "Israel is its own worst enemy,…"

      Only in the sense that its leaders value "world opinion" and international "law" above Jewish survival.

      "Why should we divest from the whole Muslim world?"

      Because each cent you pay the Muslim world is used to fund Islamic imperialism (the jihad) worldwide. But the U.S.A.'s policy is its own business, so, as long as America doesn't try to appease the Muslims on the Jewish State's expense—which is intervention in another state's affairs—it's yours to make your bed as you please. Just don't you go asking the Jews or their state to foot the bill for your mispolicies.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        That’s like saying, “just you don’t go asking crackheads to babysit your kids.” thanks for the advice.

  • jacob

    The writer forgot to point out that General PETRAEUS stated that the Arab-Israeli
    conflict is the cause for the killings of American soldiers at the hands of Muslim
    "insurgents" (OBAMA DIXIT)……

    This "help" is what makes Israeli leaders to ask HOW LOW when American leaders
    tell them to squat….

    • ObamaYoMoma

      The writer forgot to point out that General PETRAEUS stated that the Arab-Israeli
      conflict is the cause for the killings of American soldiers at the hands of Muslim
      "insurgents" (OBAMA DIXIT)…

      I'm sorry but I'm not a neo-con. With all due respect, Petraeus is a moron and incredibly incompetent. In fact, that loon is personally responsible for most of the Americans that got killed in Afghanistan last year due to his suicidal rules of engagement designed to win the hearts and minds of Muslims, which, by the way, is absolutely impossible since Muslims are obligated per the dictates of Islam to maintain nothing but enmity in their hearts for unbelievers. Indeed, anyone that can remain that ignorant of Islam even10 years after 9/11 in my book is a mental retard, which is why Barack Obama appointed him CIA chief, and never mind the fact that the first rule of war is to understand your enemy as well as you understand yourself.

  • Cynic

    ” On the other hand, what benefits does the USA reap from its financial and political support of Muslim countries, especially those which are the avowed enemies of Israel? ”

    Trolls like Flipside?

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      You should study some real cynics, like Diogenes of Sinope, because your cynicism is garbled.

  • StephenD

    I have a simple mind. I see this as very simple indeed. Israel shares our values of personal freedom and individual responsibility. They have an open western style democracy. They live by Constitutional Laws and not the dictates of a few elites. When another country shares these values we should support them as well. Let all other countries see the error of not sharing our values and the choice they have. If another country DOES NOT share these values well, we should tell them to pound sand.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      They don’t share that though. They don’t believe Americans should be free to form their own opinions about Israel, and they blame everything on Arabs.

  • Ben

    The logic of Mearscheimers and Flipsides: The America pay its Muslim enemies to appease them while we pay our weak world-hated friend Israel- instead let`s throw israel under the Muslims` bus and thus become their friend.These thinkers don`t understand that Israel is just the pretext for the cofrontation with the West and the similar Obama`s ideas brink America to one failure after another one.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      No. The logic of people like us is that America run its country and deal with foreign nations on our own sovereign principles and interests, not those of a loudmouthed and bribing transnational mafia like Israel.

      • ziontruth

        Pay no attention to the Arab Lobby behind the curtain.

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          Right. Because everyone who disagrees with Israel must be an Arab.

          • ziontruth

            If any pro-Israel action is because of a "transnational mafia," then invoking the Arab Lobby is fair game. You play dirty, we play dirty back.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I'm not worried about that. Both groups have their disgusting lobbies. It's like a street full of cheap motels.

          • ziontruth

            "Both groups have their disgusting lobbies."

            Funny, though, how you confine yourself to whining about only one of the two sides.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I don't recall whining. Anyway the Israel Lobby gets all the ire because they are the only ones active in America who spent the last several decades vilifying Christians, patriots, and wealth only to turn around and vilify muslims, pose as super patriots, and attack populism as Communism. Muslims don't inflict and intone their racism daily in the US press and call people anti-semitic for not joining their warmongering lunatic fringe. The only thing Muslims do is pray a lot and raise the price of oil.

  • steven l

    It is all about the Koran and Islam stupid!

  • RiverFred

    The koran says to kill infidels, that's us, get it?

  • ObamaYoMoma

    On the other hand, what benefits does the USA reap from its financial and political support of Muslim countries, especially those which are the avowed enemies of Israel?

    Just curious, can anyone point to just one Islamic country out of the 57 Islamic countries that is not the avowed enemy of Israel, and all other non-Muslims for that matter as well? Let's get real.

    The most extreme case is Pakistan.  Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Pakistan, recently reported that Pakistan helps the Taliban! 

    Zalmay Khalilzad is a non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadist that managed to penetrate and infiltrate our leftist hijacked State Department. Besides serving as US Ambassador to Pakistan, he was also the US Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq as well, and as US Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq he quietly oversaw the insertion of Sharia in both countries' respective constitutions thereby ensuring at the same time that both countries' governments would become in effect Sharia states.

    Hence, today the two governments in Afghanistan and Iraq the US is stupidly propping up are in effect Sharia states and not Western style democracies, and if anyone is gullible enough to believe that Sharia states will somehow remain loyal friends and allies with the USA, the West, and Israel, instead of becoming our eternal enemies, then I have a bridge I need to sell them.

    Indeed, for instance, both Afghanistan and Iraq today refuse to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. In effect, we are doing nation-building and sacrificing American blood, sweat, and tears in two countries that are in fact our enemies, and it just doesn't get anymore fantasy based, surreal, and counterproductive than that.

    Pakistan receives almost $2 billion in US aid annually and uses some if that money to kill our troops and support our enemies. What kind of trade balance is that?

    Pakistan has used that annual $2 billion in US aid to finance the jihad it is waging via the Taliban against the US, the international coalition, and the former Northern Alliance since the very beginning and also to expand its nuclear arsenal of weapons in anticipation of becoming the nuclear weapons supermarket for the Sunni Islamic world when Iran eventually acquires nuclear weapons and at the same time renders the NPT not worth the paper it is signed on.

    Almost two-thirds of American aid money for 2012 is earmarked for Muslim countries, and about one-half of that goes to Arab countries.

    Is there any difference between Muslim countries and Arab countries other than the closer proximity to Israel? In fact, Israel is not at war with Arabs, it's at war with the Islamic world. Indeed, is Iran, which is Israel biggest nemesis today, an Arab country or a majority Persian country instead?

    As a matter of fact, every time Israel supporters describe the jihad of conquest being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world primarily via their proxy – the so-called Palestinians – as a conflict between Israel and Arabs instead of what it really is, which is a jihad being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world, they are inadvertently harming Israel.

    Israel supporters should not only refer to the so-called conflict in Israel as a jihad, because that is what it really is, but Israel supporters should also incessantly point out that the jihad being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world is also just one of many such jihads being waged around the world against various non-Muslim unbelievers to highlight the fact that the Islamic world is not only the eternal enemies of Jewish unbelievers, but also of all non-Muslim unbelievers around the world.

    At the same time Israel supporters should also be highlighting the violent oppression and systematic persecution of Christians and all other non-Muslim unbelievers living inside Muslim countries as second-class dhimmi citizens to drive home the fact that the Islamic world is the eternal enemies of all non-Muslim unbelievers and not just the Jews in Israel.

    Today, most people in the world view the Jews in Israel as the aggressors and oppressors and unless Israel supporters change their lame strategy, which has always miserably failed in any event, the world will never stop viewing the Jews in Israel as the aggressors and oppressors. Indeed, according to Einstein, the definition of insanity is to continue doing the samething over and over again while expecting a different outcome.

    America has been amazingly generous to many Arab and Muslim countries over the past few decades. Yet America is still viewed quite unfavorably in almost all of the Arab world, and in much (but not all) of the Muslim world;

    Can the writer of this article support his contention by naming the Islamic countries in the world that are not the eternal enemies of the USA and all other non-Muslim countries?

  • SchlomoBagelbaum

    The nerve of America sending aid to any of Israel's enemies! Why if it were up to me, I'd take all the money and medicare and social security and send it to our friends in Israel. They'll put it to better use than sick and elderly American goyim, you can be sure of that!

  • maturin20

    Nations don't have allies, they have interests. There are many more Muslims to deal with, trade with, sleep with, laugh with, than there ever will be Israelis. Know this, and live it.

    • ziontruth

      Deal away, trade away, sleep away and laugh away, until the Muslims get shariah law in that deal, until you've traded your culture and liberty for the whims of the Islamic invader-immigrants (as the European governments have already largely done), until you've woken up with fleas after that night's sleep, and until they've had the last laugh when they've gained victory for the greater glory of Islamic imperialism and then proceed to stab their former allies, the Marxist useful idiots, in the back.

      Adolescence is addicted to short-range thinking. Some people just never grow up (for which see: Occupy Wall Street By Smelly Hippies Who Think It's Still The Sixties).

      • maturin20

        There are an infinite variety of implausible dark futures to choose from. Don't limit yourself just to a Brave New Sharia.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Having lived through the past 40 years of history, I object to the assertion that Muslims are more powerful than Marxists.

  • LindaRivera

    Do Americans realize when they go to work every day, that via their tax dollars, they are going to work for Islam? NOT FOR AMERICA. America's economic situation is extremely dire. Experts warn of a coming Depression greater than the Great Depression, but the U.S. government doesn't care. Their top priority is supporting and financing Muslims and Muslim countries around the world with billions and billions of dollars. Including U.S. government support of, and financing Muslim terrorist organizations, Pakistan, Al-Qaeda, Hezbolla, Hamas, et al – America's sworn enemies.

    IT'S CALLED TREASON. Muslim countries, Muslim terrorist organizations and U.S. government leaders are clearly working together to destroy America, Israel and the Free World.

    Wake up America! Google: Concentration camps in America
    and
    Detention camps in America

    The camps are NOT for Muslim terrorists!

  • LindaRivera

    The title of the article should have been named:
    US AID to AMERICA'S ENEMIES

    "John Brennan, counterterrorism advisor to the White House, defined Pakistan as an enemy of the U.S.A. back in 2001, during a live interview on CBS.

    Pakistan receives almost $2 billion in US aid annually and uses some of that money to kill our troops and support our enemies."

    American leaders clearly HATE Americans and HATE our military.

  • LindaRivera

    "NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander: al-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies. This was confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the el-Qaeda units."

    There is mostly silence about the horrors taking place against Libya's blacks.

    STOP the GENOCIDE of Blacks by the U.S. backed Libya rebels!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Barbaric atrocities, kidnappings and ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda linked rebels has been going on for months.

    US/NATO who have waged war for months for the Al-Qaeda
    linked rebels-who murder our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for rescuing the many
    terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the kidnapped black children who have been horrifically abused by the black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

  • LindaRivera

    "Obama recently unveiled a plan to forgive over $1 billion in Egyptian debt, on top of an additional $2 billion in direct aid."

    Egypt wages WAR on Egypt's peaceful Christians. The world does nothing and MSM DECEIVE for Islam.

    HUDSON NEW YORK. by Raymond Ibrahim
    October 11, 2011

    Sunday, the Egyptian military opened fire on thousands of Christians protesting in Maspero, Cairo. Armored vehicles "came at great speed and drove into the crowds, going backwards and forwards, mowing people under their wheels.

    At least 35 Christians were massacred, many beyond recognition, and over 300 wounded; hundreds are still missing.

    The MSM is giving the impression that the conflict consisted of equal violence and equal intolerance from both the military and "militant" Christians.

    Nearly 20 members of the police beating, dragging, and kicking a Christian for protesting the burning of his church—all while shouting slogans like "You infidel son of a b…."

    CNN careful to portray the Copts as somehow equally responsible as the Islamists who murder them. Eye-witnesses are describing these events as "war crimes".

    Christians went to demonstrate in Maspero because that is where Egyptian media are located, and they sought to get the world's attention, highlight the nonstop abuses they are suffering. Not only were they massacred for their trouble, but they were portrayed as the "aggressors" by the same media they vainly hoped would reveal their predicament to the world.

    Such journalistic and international dereliction of duty makes them complicit in the crimes, accessories to the massacres, and violators of the very notion of human rights they obscenely claim to advance. http://www.hudson-ny.org/2496/egypt-crimes-agains