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Israeli Air Force to Conduct Training Exercises in United States Under Fast-Tracked Aid Bill

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House to reconsider controversial $9 Billion Israel foreign aid bill Tuesday July 17th


By Martin Hill
July 15, 2012

If the U.S. House and Senate get their way, which by all accounts appears to be a certainty without massive unexpected opposition, the military of a foreign government will soon be conducting air force "training and exercise opportunities" within the United States.

I know- you've heard a lot about the Israel $9 Billion dollar aid bill. But did you know that hidden in it was a provision that would allow the Israeli military to conduct combat exercises in the United States? The good news is that it has not completed the legislative process- it's not yet a done deal, so there is still time to try and stop it. The statistical chances of accomplishing this aside, it should still be opposed. As Frederick Douglass so aptly put it in 1857, "Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground".

The U.S. Congress is set to revisit the "United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012" this coming Tuesday, July 17th. The House passed their original version, H.R.4133, on May 9, with only two congressman dissenting- Ron Paul and Democrat John Dingell of Michigan. The Senate passed its version S. 2165 in a unanimous voice vote June 29th.

Among the more noteworthy aspects of the bill are the U.S. government's plan to "Offer the Air Force of Israel additional training and exercise opportunities in the United States", "expand cooperation between the United States Government and the Government of Israel in homeland security, counter-terrorism..." and to "Provide the Government of Israel additional excess defense articles, as appropriate, in the wake of the withdrawal of United States forces from Iraq." Section 3 of the bill states "It is the policy of the United States to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state."



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