Israel: Jews Demand “Better” Military Aid Deal from US Taxpayers Despite $38 Billion Gift
ISRAELI MEMBERS of parliament have demanded that the US government “renegotiate” the $38 billion armaments aid deal given to the Jewish ethnostate — because not all of the money will be spent in Israel, even though it will get all the weapons.
According to a report in the Times of Israel, Knesset members have urged the Israeli government to “reopen negotiations” with the US on the deal signed in 2016 by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.
The aid package — the biggest of its kind in US history — will give Israel $38 billion in “military assistance” over the next ten years, starting from 2019.
One clause of that deal specifies the gradual phasing out of a practice that has enabled Israel to use 26.3 percent of the cash on its own defense industries. By 2028, all of that money will have to be spent on US-made military hardware.
This is, the Jews claim, unacceptable because it means that Israeli manufacturers “could lose over $2 billion a year,” the Times of Israel said.
Warning that the agreement would cause “unacceptable harm,” committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) said that while the aid would increase, society would “crumble from within.”
Yesh Atid MK Mickey Levy, who called for the discussion, said, “The administration today in the United States is different from the previous one, and it is possible to do something on the political level.”
A representative of the companies involved in manufacturing the Israel-made Merkava tank said the aid deal’s conditions would result in an almost 40 percent cut in Defense Ministry spending on the local industry per year.
Describing the deal as a “honey trap,” he said it threatened the 200 local companies involved in manufacturing the Merkava as well as the Namer armored personnel carrier.
A representative of the Israeli aircraft industry said that while 80 percent of its production was for export, 95 percent of the workers, suppliers and subcontractors were local and “stood to be harmed by the aid deal with the US.”
Defense Ministry economist Zeev Zilber said $1.3 billion would be lost by the Israeli defense industry each year and that up to 22,000 jobs were at risk, many in Israel’s periphery.
“Both the finance and economy ministries understand that this case requires a comprehensive government response,” he added.
Calling for another discussion of the subject in a month, committee chairman Gafni said it was clear that the deal, as it currently stood, had “very serious” implications for the country’s defense industry.
The complaints make it clear that just giving arms to the Jewish lobby is not enough: they also want all the cash as well, and any American jobs or wealth created by the process must also be sacrificed.
It remains to be seen if US President Donald Trump — one of the most slavishly pro-Jewish presidents ever — will accede to this latest demand to “renegotiate” the Obama aid deal or not.
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Source: New Observer