Once upon a time there was a treaty by the United Nations – Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Guess who has never signed it? Israel.
Israel – or You Don’t Pee in My Pool and I Won’t Sh*t in Your Sandbox
Last month Sec. of State Hillary Clinton had been doing a middle east tour where she called for a nuclear free middle east, and of course Iran is playing the game..and guess who else is playing? Israel.
Once upon a time there was a treaty by the United Nations – Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Guess who has never signed it? Israel. For years Israel has refused to discuss it’s nuclear capabilities, although it is generally accepted that they are a nuclear state. Does that not beg the question why do we, as the US or anybody in the rest of the world not demand that Israel disclose what they do or do not have, particularly in light of Iran claiming to be a nuclear state.
The Middle East is a simmering keg – and some nukes in there and see if the entire world doesn’t feel the heat. Not that I have any particular love for the Iranian regime (let’s be honest Ahmadinejad is an idiot, and I fully support the Iranian people in their rebellion) but at least they are admitting they have the capabilities. Just in time to turn up the heat Israel shows their new drone which can fly up to 20 hours, a not too subtle hint to Iran that we can reach you…there is a lot of saber rattling going on, makes one wonder who is going to call whose (or should that be whoms) bluff.
I also think that in light of the financial help the US directly gives Israel they should at least come clean with their nuclear capabilities..here are some interesting facts and figures..I mean after all we bought the information one way or another.Total direct aid to Israel, 1948-2003$89.9 billion (uncorrected for inflation)
- Since 1976 Israel has been the largest annual recipient of US aid. It is the largest cumulative recipient since World War II.
- Direct U.S. aid for each Israeli citizen in 2001 (per capita annual income of Israel = $16,710) — over $500
- Direct U.S. Aid for each Ethiopian citizen in 2001 (per capita annual income of Ethiopia = $100) — about $.45
- REGULAR US GRANT AID in FY 2003
- $2.76 billion military aid grant
- $2.1 billion economic support funds
- $600 million refugee resettlement grant
- COMMERCIAL LOAN GUARANTEES IN FY 2003
- $2 billion
- BUSH ADMINISTRATION SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST FOR FY 2003
- Military aid grant $1 billion
- Commercial loan guarantees $9 billion
- Arrow missile development $60 million
- TOTAL AID FOR FY 2003 $14.82 billion
- Percentage of U.S. foreign aid that goes to Israel — 30%
- Israel’s population as a percentage of world population — .01%
- Section 116 of the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) states, “No assistance may be provided under this part to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” 22 U.S.C. 2304(a)
- Section 4 of the Arms Export Control Act prohibits selling military equipment to countries that use them for non-self-defense purposes.
- The U.S. State Department determined in February 2001 that Israel has committed each of the acts that the law defines as “gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, including torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges and trial, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction and clandestine detention of those persons, and other flagrant denials of the right to life, liberty, or the security of person.” It described Israeli army use of live ammunition against Palestinians when soldiers were not in impending danger as “excessive use of force.”
SOURCES: Clyde R. Mark, Israel: U.S. Foreign Assistance, Congressional Research Service, updated April 1, 2003; Clyde R. Mark, Middle East: U.S. Foreign Assistance, FY 2001, FY 2002, FY 2003 Congressional Research Service, March 28, 2002
Sometimes I am quite confident that I am the only person in the world that doesn’t have direct access to a bomb.
Source: Public Monkey 2010 Blog
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