AIPAC applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for authorizing a total of $705 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)— representing a $558 million increase above the president’s budget request for these programs and $105 million over last year’s adopted funding level. [The House passed the bill on Friday, July 14.]*
These funds will provide both R&D support and procurement funding for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 cooperative missile defense systems—programs which help Israel defend its citizens against rockets and missiles and also advance America’s own missile defense capabilities.**
AIPAC commends the leadership of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Ranking Member Jim Cooper (D-TN). As Israel faces dramatically rising security challenges, AIPAC urges inclusion of these vital funds in the final versions of the FY 2018 defense authorization and appropriations bills.
[Ed.note: Israel is the only country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons; it frequently invades its neighbors and has initiated every war except one.]
The Senate Armed Services Committee approved its version of the annual legislation in June, but the full Senate hasn’t yet considered it.
In fall 2018 a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Obama administration will go into effect that will grant Israel $3.8 billion annually — up from the $3.1 billion pledged under the previous agreed-upon MOU.
That deal represents the United States’ largest defense aid package to any country in history.
At the signing ceremony, National Security Advisor Susan Rice described the aid package as “an unprecedented commitment to the security of Israel” and said that “no other American administration in history has done more for Israel’s security.”
*For more information on the current legislation go here.
**For information on rockets fired at Israel go here.
For full information on US aid to Israel go here.
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Dr. William Pierce on the ADL
In late September, the ADL released a report stating the National Alliance is the “most dangerous organized hate group in America.” But it is the ADL which is the true hate group. It earns its living: selling hate. It makes its money by persuading Jews and wannabe Jews that they are in great danger — but if everyone will just send them a nice, fat check today, the ADL will protect them. The ADL deliberately makes the National Alliance sound scary. Their press releases tend to be deceptive and are written in a way calculated to lead to misinterpretation. Then, if the newspapers exaggerate things even more, why so much the better.
One of the ADL’s fondest projects is “combating hate speech.” “Hate speech,” of course, is whatever they find offensive or dangerous to their interests. The ADL is especially concerned about the propagation of what they consider dangerous ideas over the Internet and has been working with software developers to develop censorship programs which can be installed on any computer, so that computer users cannot find any Politically Incorrect material on the Internet. But lobbying to stamp out the Bill of Rights isn’t the ADL’s only activity. They’re also the largest and most effective private espionage organization in America — in which guise they have committed more criminal acts than the National Alliance has been “linked” to.
Senate passes Israel lobby bill to impose new sanctions on Iran
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran.
The measure adding sanctions on Iran due to its ballistic missile program, support for terrorism and human rights breaches [sic] passed Thursday in a 98-2 vote. It complies with the Iran nuclear agreement reached in 2015, which put restrictions on the country’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., introduced the bill, which now must pass in the House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump before being enacted. Only Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., voted against it.
A day earlier, the Senate voted to adopt an amendment to the bill that would expand sanctions against Russia, CBS News reported.
The American Jewish Committee praised the bill’s passage. Read full story
The Times of Israel reports: “Both the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and J Street — two organizations that have rarely seen eye to eye on US policy toward the Iranian challenge — have hailed the measure.
“AIPAC ‘commended’ the Senate on Thursday for adopting the bill and J Street had previously lauded legislators after its committee passage for ensuring the text did not violate the Iran deal.”
The Times reported: “Meanwhile, at the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center’s lunch on Capitol Hill, both Cardin and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said the bill was a sign of bipartisan unity in Washington when it comes to Israel’s security.”
The article noted: “The day before its vote in committee, former secretary of state John Kerry —who helped broker the Iran nuclear deal forged in July 2015 — went on a “tweetstorm” against the bill, advising lawmakers to ‘tread careful’ on matters related to the accord.”
AIPAC had announced at its annual policy conference in March that it would push for legislation against Iran.
The bill is S.722 – Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017. It has 62 cosponsors.