David and Goliath by Robert Temple Ayres
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With such a strong case on the law, the remedy should be a cake walk? Absolutely not. The power of politics and money is heavily weighted on the blind side of the eye to the law and Constitution.
Philip Giraldi in his recent editorial over the ten-year, $3.8-billion-a-year Israeli military aid deal reached this year between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, entitled Israel's $38 Billion Scam,
Obama's agreement with Israel stipulated that in return for the guaranteed money every year Israel would not go to Congress seeking more unless there is a war. As "war" was not defined and Israel is both frequently in conflict with its neighbors and also quite capable of cranking up an incident on demand.
Mr. Giraldi further points out that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham indicated that what ever amount Netanyahu reached with Obama would only be considered a base line in the Congress. Senator Graham and Senators Kelly Mayotte, John McCain, Ted Cruz, Mark Kirk, Marco Rubio and Roy Blunt currently cosponsor a bill moving through the Senate that will do that, allowing Congress to give Israel more cash and will even lifts the restrictions on how it is spent, permitting Netanyahu to continue to directly subsidize his own defense industry with U.S. taxpayer money at the costs of American jobs. This will resume the practice permitting Israeli defense industries to skim 26% off the top to develop weapons in competition with the American defense industries. Democrat Israeli First Senators Chuck Schumer, possible future minority leader, and Bob Mendenez could well be expected to back this political move based upon past experience.
Webber went on to 1984 Nobel Peace Prize-winning South African bishop Desmond Tutu:
"The Israeli government is placed on a pedestal [in the US], and to criticize it is to be immediately dubbed anti-Semitic ... People are scared in this country, to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful -- very powerful."
And there are the tax-deductible Jewish NGOs. such as the Jewish National Fund [JNF] that owns about 13% of the land in Israel, and works closely with the Israeli government on the settlements in the West Bank and encouraging settlers..
Joshua Leifer wrote in 2014 that the JNF and a number of tax-exempt charitable organizations sent money to the West Bank. The New York Times reported that American groups have sent more than $200 million in tax-deductible donations for West Bank settlements over that past decade. Even thousands of American students with cash, study in West Bank yeshivas and educational programs every year.
And we should not forget the U.S. armaments industry, which will rake in the bulk of the military aid. It can be depended on for a little help one would suspect, just like the gun lobby supports the Second Amendment champions, the NRA.
So far, advocating for the First Amendment Establishment Clause to block aid to Israel, especially military aid, is purely a labor of love that will hardly support mounting any formal, credible challenge to the current and costly unconstitutional situation.
Just make sure you have "little Israel" on your Christmas budget when you intend to play Santa Clause and give your finger to the Constitution.
Where to begin and. What to do. See part 7.