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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:01 PM

Congress Seeks To Double US Funding Of Anti-Missile Cooperation With Israel

Source: Times of Israel

In wake of Pillar of Defense success, Iron Dome spending may balloon from $210 million to $680 million

December 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Congress wants to at least double the Obama administration’s funding request for anti-missile cooperation with Israel.

Obama asked Congress for $99.9 million in 2013 for “Israel co-operative programs,” which include programs like the long-range Arrow anti-missile system and the short-range David’s Sling.

The US House of Representatives version of the National Defense Authorization Act, passed earlier this year, recommended adding $168 million to that request, and the Senate recommended adding $100 million in its own National Defense Authorization Act, passed last week.

A letter sent Wednesday by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) to the top senators on the Armed Services Committee urges them to agree to the higher House increase in the bicameral conference talks that finalize the act.

Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/congress-seeks-to-double-us-funding-of-anti-missile-cooperation-with-israel/



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Reply Congress Seeks To Double US Funding Of Anti-Missile Cooperation With Israel (Original post)
Purveyor Dec 2012 OP
thatgemguy Dec 2012 #1
nineteen50 Dec 2012 #2
grahamhgreen Dec 2012 #7
kelliekat44 Dec 2012 #3
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #4
Junkdrawer Dec 2012 #5
byeya Dec 2012 #6
grahamhgreen Dec 2012 #8
John2 Dec 2012 #9
kurtzapril4 Dec 2012 #15
GoldenOldie Dec 2012 #10
geek tragedy Dec 2012 #11
Politicub Dec 2012 #12
ForgoTheConsequence Dec 2012 #21
Politicub Dec 2012 #25
ForgoTheConsequence Dec 2012 #29
John2 Dec 2012 #37
bunnies Dec 2012 #33
Politicub Dec 2012 #34
bunnies Dec 2012 #35
madrchsod Dec 2012 #13
GoldenOldie Dec 2012 #14
Mosby Dec 2012 #16
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #19
Mosby Dec 2012 #24
Purveyor Dec 2012 #22
tartan2 Dec 2012 #17
The Wielding Truth Dec 2012 #18
ForgoTheConsequence Dec 2012 #20
ForgoTheConsequence Dec 2012 #23
byeya Dec 2012 #26
Politicub Dec 2012 #27
ForgoTheConsequence Dec 2012 #28
bunnies Dec 2012 #31
Sekhmets Daughter Dec 2012 #30
bunnies Dec 2012 #32
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #36

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:10 PM

1. What about the "Fiscal Cliff"?????

Always money for war....

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Response to thatgemguy (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:16 PM

2. Plenty of money for warfare

cuts for healthcare.

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Response to thatgemguy (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:47 PM

7. Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit!

Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit! Deficit!

Wait! What? War??? Never mind.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:22 PM

3. If the US and Israel would leave other peoples' land and resources alone we wouldn't need to worry

about missiles flying at us or Israel.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:26 PM

4. We have better things to do with our money.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:35 PM

5. Take that Netanyahu. Betcha you'll think twice before you expand settlements again!

(You'll do it much sooner.)

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:39 PM

6. Here - Take all of my SS and give it to the munitions industry and ninny-yahoo

 

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Response to byeya (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:47 PM

8. Which will be what ANY plan that cuts benefits means.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:49 PM

9. This is

 

wasteful spending. It has nothing to do with defending this country. So Congress is calling another country our interest. Why don't we just make it a territory or another state! This is in our budget ever since Israel was created. Maybe Israel should pay us. What do we get from Israel in return?

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Response to John2 (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:07 PM

15. Nothing except spied upon.

Think of how that money could be used here. It's obscene.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:58 PM

10. What taxes do Israeli citizens pay for their own defense?

Many Jewish multi-millionaire's, claim dual citizenship both in Israel and their land-of-birth. They also maintain property/estates in both countries and their children serve the mandatory military service within Israel.
I know this to be true as I know and have met many Jewish families who live within Europe and the USA that this applies.

What concerns me is the example of casino owner Adelstein puts millions into corrupting the US elections, Joe Lieberman, pushes for more funds to support Israel. Then they complain about being overtaxed in the US. There are enough billionaire/millionaire Jews throughout the World along with the individual Israeli citizens who could provide the cost of defending Israel with moral support from the US, that wouldn't cripple our own peoples.

I do not mean this to be offensive and if I am sorry, I am totally open to learn something new.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:03 PM

11. What Israel lobby? nt

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:07 PM

12. Iron Dome proved its worth. I support this.

It would have been horrific had the hundreds of missiles aimed at Israel hit their intended targets.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:46 PM

21. You support it with what money?

Taking out a loan? We can't even afford to maintain our own infrastructure or provide universal health care.



Treason.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #21)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:44 PM

25. The US has an interest in doing what it can to keep as much stability in the region as possible

Without Iron Dome, Israel could have felt under assault to the degree that it would deploy a stronger response that would only escalate the situation. Of course no one knows what might have happened.

Nothing in the world is perfect. But as far as military spending goes, I see Iron Dome as an instrument of peace and an important investment in stability. It shoots down missiles and isn't used to aim them at the people.

All other spending that goes to Israel, I'm not too sure about so I need to do more research. But I do support Iron Dome.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #25)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:55 PM

29. The iron dome worked great.

Unfortunately our bridges, roads and health care system aren't working as great.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #25)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:54 PM

37. I don't

 

think Israel needs the U.S. protection after doing a little research on the subject. We even have troops stationed there. From what I can see, Israel is in the arms business. These people have many customers and they produce arms. I was wondering how such a small country, with a small population could afford such a highly technological Armed Forces. They have been sharing technology and selling it with just about every country in the West. They even share technology with India and China according to sources. I also see why the U.S. is so bias towards Israel too. Their technology is on the level with the U.S. from what I see. It also explains to me why they get away with things too. You just as well call that entire country a military base.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #12)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:19 PM

33. 45,000 Americans die each year from lack of healthcare.

THATS horrific.

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Response to bunnies (Reply #33)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:24 PM

34. I agree.

It's an outrage that we don't consider health care a right in this country. At least we're on the right path -- finally.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #34)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:41 PM

35. Are we?

I sure hope so.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:15 PM

13. we pay more of our tax dollars to the idf than the israelis do

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:58 PM

14. What % do the Israelis pay vs the US

Where do you find this.

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Response to GoldenOldie (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:08 PM

16. try stormfront.org

But if you are actually interested in the truth and not antisemitic propoganda the IDF budget for 2012 is 15.2 billion dollars of which 2.8 billion or so comes from the US (that's 2000 dollars per Israeli and 13 cents per American) So the poster you replied to is not telling the truth.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:23 PM

19. Stop it with the "anti-semitic" bullshit.

Criticism of Israel or US support for Israel's military does not equal anti-semitism.

Waving that scurrilous canard is a sign of desperation.

We're paying for about one-fifth of Israel's military budget. Sweet. For them.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #19)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:08 PM

24. your post reeks of desperation.

See both of us can play stupid childish games.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:55 PM

22. I thought providing a link/address to a hate site was a ToS violation? eom

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:32 PM

17. Holy shit

I suffer from Israel fatigue! Enough, stop with the damn warfare!!!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:14 PM

18. Why would this be necessary? They have our total commitment now. It doesn't sound right.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:44 PM

20. Am I allowed to criticize this?

Or does the fact that I think this is disgusting when we can't even provide health insurance to all of our own citizens make me an "anti-Semite"?

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:02 PM

23. If this gets approved.

If this gets approved and home heating assistance and funding for head start gets cut and the medicare age gets raised the "neo-con support Israel at any cost" Democrats that post here will have a lot of soul searching to do.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #23)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:46 PM

26. Agree 100%

 

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #23)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:48 PM

27. And if a war happens in the region because Hamas rains another barrage of missiles on Israel

then kiss more of your money goodbye because we're bound by treaty to protect Israel from mass destruction arms.

That's when you get into trillions of military spending.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #27)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:54 PM

28. Give it a rest.

No one is buying what you're selling anymore. The fact is its disgusting that we can get bipartisan support for shit like this when we can't even maintain our own infrastructure.


Head start? Home heating assistance? Medicare? social security? ALL ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK!

Another half billion for Israel? Automatic bi-partisan support!


This is immoral, its a perversion and it's an outrage. Its time to pick a side. You can support Israel (i do to but not at any cost) but if you're OK with taking food and necessities from the mouths of Americans to fund them you're looking at treason.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #28)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:05 PM

31. ...

Well done.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:03 PM

30. Meanwhile the governors of

NY, NJ and MD are still waiting to see if they'll get the money they need to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:17 PM

32. These statistics make me sick....

Number of Americans that die each year from lack of health care: 45,000
(Average) Number of Israelis killed each year from Palestinian rockets (2000-2012): 91

At least we have our priorities straight. Fucking laughable.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/09/17/us-usa-healthcare-deaths-idUSTRE58G6W520090917
http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/deaths.html

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:20 PM

36. It's all about the Binyamins

Follow the money, old advice that's still just as fresh and appropriate as when it was first uttered.

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