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Article nicely illustrates who runs Washington. The US President wishes to sell arms to a friendly country, Saudi Arabia, in order to create a new "bulwark against Iran" now that Saddam is no more. But in order to do so he needs to first get permission from Israel otherwise Israeli influence in congress will block the sale. To get permission he will have to bribe Israel with an increase in the military aid it already provides Israel.

Its a win-win for Israel. On the one hand it will get more money for its killing machine and on the other, its first line of defence against Iran - the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia - will be strengthened.

The ignorant American tax payer will of course foot the bill, making the world a more dangerous place, and then wonder why the world hates America.

US mulls upping military aid to Israel


Ran Dagoni, Globes Online (Israel business news)
17 April 2007

The US administration seeks to soften Israeli objections to arms deals with Arab countries.

The last thing that President Bush needs now is another source of friction with Democratic-controlled Congress. US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will therefore come to Jerusalem offering a large carrot with no stick, in the form of increased military aid.


The US is considering whether to increase military aid to Israel as compensation for a US arms deal with Saudi Arabia, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told correspondents in Jordan yesterday. Jordan was the first stop of a Middle East tour.

Gates is due in Israel tomorrow for meetings with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni, and Minister of Defense Amir Peretz. This will be his first visit to Israel in seven years. Gates’s predecessor, Donald Rumsfield, made seven visits to the Middle East during his term, but never visited Israel. President Bill Clinton’s Defense Secretary, William Cohen, visited Israel in November 2000.

The media reported two weeks ago that the Bush administration postponed a large sophisticated arms deal with Saudi Arabia and Gulf states because of Israeli objections. The administration temporarily agreed with Israel’s position that the deal was liable to erode its qualitative superiority, but in feverish behind-the-scenes activity in Washington, officials sought to soften the Israeli stance.

Sources in Washington inform ''Globes'' that the Bush administration has ruled out confronting Congress over this issue. Congress must approve the Arab arms deal, and is expected to support Israel’s position. The last thing that President George W. Bush needs now is another source of friction with Democratic-controlled Congress. Gates will therefore come to Jerusalem offering a large carrot with no stick, in the form of increased military aid in exchange for softening its position on the sale of arms to Riyadh.

Source: http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/DocView.asp?did=1000202856&fid=1725


US reassures Israel on arms sale

Andrew Gray, Reuters
2007-04-20

Friendly Gulf states are a bulwark against Iran

US Defence Secretary
Robert Gates


JERUSALEM — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates sought yesterday to allay Israeli concerns about Washington’s possible sale of advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia, arguing that friendly Gulf states are a bulwark against Iran.

Israeli officials have raised objection to the planned transfer by the Bush administration of a major arms package to Riyadh. The New York Times reported that the sale would include precision- guided bombs of the kind already in Israel’s arsenal.

Gates said he had reaffirmed a long-standing US commitment to maintaining Israel’s military superiority.

“I thought they needed to look at the circumstances in terms of the overall strategic environment and in terms of the concerns of their neighbours, more with Iran perhaps, than with Israel,” Gates said after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

Source: http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/topstories.aspx?ID=BD4A442541


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