House passes Stealth Legislation for Israel – HR 4133

[b]House Passes Stealth Legislation for Israel –  “H.R. 4133.”[/b]

…  The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) reportedly helped draft the bill …

… The House bill basically provides Israel with a blank check drawn on the U.S. taxpayer to maintain its “qualitative military edge” over all of its neighbors combined. It requires the White House to prepare an annual report on how that superiority is being maintained. The resolution passed on May 9 by a vote of 411–2 on a “suspension of the rules,” which is intended for non-controversial legislation requiring little debate and a quick vote. …

Ron Paul of Texas was the only one who spoke out against it, …

[b]the objective is to provide Israel with the resources to attack Iran[/b], if it chooses to do so, while tying the U.S. and Israel so closely together that whatever Benjamin Netanyahu does, the U.S. “will always be there,” as our president has so aptly put it.   But the scariest bit of the bill is its call for “an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises.” If Israel becomes part of NATO, which is clearly Congress’s intent, the U.S. and other members will be obligated to come to the aid of a nation that is expanding its borders and is currently engaged in hostilities with three of its neighbors. Israel has also initiated a series of regional wars. Whether NATO membership for Israel would benefit anyone is questionable, but it is something the neocons have been seeking for years, to turn Israel’s wars into a new crusade against the Muslim world.  …

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/05/16/house-passes-stealth-legislation/

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.4133:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d112:6:./temp/~bd8H4l:@@@J

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4 Responses to “House passes Stealth Legislation for Israel – HR 4133”

  1. worzzz Says:

    The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 is now under review by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. …

    The bill was introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

    In addition to extending U.S. government-backed loan guarantees to Israel through 2015, both bills urge expanded technology sharing and joint military exercises.

    Specifically, lawmakers call for the U.S. to:

    • Expand already-close intelligence cooperation, including satellite intelligence.

    • Provide through possible lend-lease arrangements new weaponry, including air refueling tankers, missile defense capabilities and “specialized munitions.”

    • Improve the process for Israel’s purchase of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to allow for greater cost efficiencies and “on-time delivery.”

    • Expand joint military exercises to address emerging common threats.

    • Offer the Israel Air Force additional training opportunities in the U.S. to compensate for Israel’s limited air space.

    • Encourage an expanded role for Israel within NATO, “including enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises.”

    • Make surplus defense gear and services available to Israel, particularly those resulting from the U.S. pullout from Iraq.

    • Strengthen efforts to prevent weapon smuggling into Gaza and threats infiltrating from the Sinai Peninsula.

    • Allocate additional weaponry and munitions and extend the time allocated for U.S. war reserves stockpiled in Israel.

    • Expand bilateral cooperation in homeland security, counterterrorism, maritime security, energy, cybersecurity and related areas.

    • Take action to integrate Israel into the U.S. defense network for the eastern Mediterranean.

    Finally, the bill passed by the House authorizes Israel’s expanded use of grant military aid to be applied more broadly for commercial rather than foreign military sales.

    The enhancements come in addition to more than $3 billion in annual U.S. grant military aid to Israel and a separate bill pending in both houses of Congress for another $680 million in multiyear funding for Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system. …

    Within 180 days of its enactment into law, the act directs U.S. President Barack Obama to report on specific steps his administration is taking to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge.

    http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120520/DEFREG04/305200001/U-S-Senate-Considers-Generous-Deal-Israel?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

  2. worzzz Says:

    [B]The bottom line is that U.S. Iran policy is made by and for Netanyahu and the Israel lobby.[/B]

    … There are so many ironies here, the first being that AIPAC (and the Congress that is under its sway) is far more hawkish than the Israeli military and intelligence communities, not to mention the Israeli public. …

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/iran-nuclear-negotations_b_1539295.html

  3. worzzz Says:

    [B]House Bill HR.4133[/B]. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr4133

    [B]Senate Bill: S.2165[/B] http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s2165

    The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 is now under review by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. …

  4. worzzz Says:

    [b]Jews seem to have a overwhelming urge to transfer taxpayers’ money into their pockets. – More of this and another Holocaust is possible …[/b]

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