It’s always something with Israel. Fight this country; bomb that country. Israel join us in battle? Never. Pester us for more money? Constantly.
We made a deal with Israel five years ago. We, The USA, would give Israel $3.8 Billion a year for ten years. Israel signed on. Now, they’re coming to us and saying, send us an EXTRA $1 Billion for this year. They say, they had to launch a bunch of rockets against Hamas a few months ago and don’t want to use “their own ” money…meaning money we already sent them under the Agreement. They want “new” money from us, in addition to the Agreed upon money.
As “Church Lady” would say “Isn’t that special.”
Why the heck are they bugging us with this Mickey Mouse, BS? Israel is a country with 71 Billionaires, more than three times that of the entire continent of Africa. Use the money we already sent you. The $3.8 Bil for this year isn’t exactly chump change. Don’t come to us with “extras”. That’s not our deal. And, if you have to spend a dollar of your own……..
And, by the way, the money we give to Israel, each year, is more than the money we give annually to all of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa, combined. That happens to be the area of Africa where the slaves came from. Population, 950 million people. They get squatoosh which is a smidge more than bupkis.
Does anybody have the phone number for the Congressional Black Caucus? Do they still exist? Anyone in there with a pulse?
You already know how this story ends. Israel will get “their” (meaning OUR) extra $1,000,000,000 for this year. Do you think it will be different next year? Possible. People are starting to talk.
The good news is that nine brave souls, out of 435 in the House of Representatives, voted NO and slowed the process down. Israel likes its “special arrangements” buried in massive multipurpose legislative packages. The Virtuous Nine made that impossible. So, a little daylight got shined on the scam, making it a little more difficult to pull off again.
What amazes me is the pettiness of the Ask. It’s tacky. No class. It reminds me of that Larry David story about how he would go to lunch with a friend of his the first day of the month every month. It went on for years and his friend always picked up the check. Larry got to feeling a little guilty about being the beneficiary of his friends generosity for so long. The very next lunch Larry grabbed the check saying “this has gone on too long, you always pay, let’s split this one.”
Three of the four so-called Squad voted against the extra funding Israel was asking for: Ilhan Omar (D-MN); Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). AOC Abstained.
Bret Stephens, New York Times Columnist put up a very Pro Israel Funding piece. Nine of the top Ten Recommended Comments opposed USA Funding indicating Israel popularity is higher in the Congress than in the Country.
People are starting to talk.
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