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    US Needs Israel to Extend Power in Middle East, and Is Willing to Pay Big

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    US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Israel on Tuesday, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a visit to the White House scheduled for later in March. Professor Ghada Talhami told Sputnik’s Brian Becker that the relationship between Israel and the US is still defined by Washington lobbyists, and by America’s dominating outlook.

    The US has long turned a blind eye to Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territories, and during Biden's previous official visit to Israel, the Netanyahu government announced the construction of additional settlements. According to Talhami, one of the reasons why the US cannot take effective action against Israel, America's biggest recipient of foreign aid, is the power of the Israeli lobby in Washington, DC.

    "The work of the Israeli lobby has been unbelievable in the United States, to the extent that [Arabs in the US] call the United States Congress ‘Israeli occupied territory'" Talhami said. "This is quite a machine; it has been built over the years and…has managed to restrain the chief executive in our government."

    Considering that 2016 is an election year in the US, the Democratic party, represented by Biden and Obama, "cannot afford" an estranged relationship with Israel, Talhami said. This would appear to explain Biden's visit to the Middle East country.

    "Everybody had great hope for [Obama]," the professor stated. "People expected some kind of a different attitude towards at least the Israeli settlements, but he was doing exactly the same thing as his predecessors."

    The power of the Israeli lobby is not the only factor maintaining the strong historic alignment between Israel and the United States, the professor asserted. There is also America's geostrategic outlook, in which the US needs Israel to extend its power in the Middle East, a resource-rich and geostrategically important part of the world.

    That is, in part, why Israel receives $4 billion from the US annually, mostly in military armament. And now America plans to increase its aid by more than $40 billion over the next ten years.

    "United States is not such a weak country that it can be led by the nose by the Israel lobby," Talhami said. "Clearly there are people in the American government…probably the CIA and the military, who still see their interests combined with the interests of Israel, and actually they are happy with the relationship the way it is."

    As for the clashes between Israeli settlers, citizens and Palestinians, the professor blames corporate-owned media outlets for feeding the American public lies, as it continually presents the Palestinians as terrorists.

    "There are few Israeli soldiers or civilians, settlers who actually get killed. Most of the people who get killed are Palestinian kids," she said. "The Palestinians also have a right to defend themselves. [They] have rights under international law, and their rights under international law are they should not be occupied, their land should not be taken from them, they should not be abused at the checkpoints on a daily basis."

    According to the professor, the only hope now is that Obama "has the courage" to take some action in the final months of his presidency, for example, by withholding American economic aid from Israel, which the country spends to enlarge and secure settlements in illegally-seized territories.


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      ..now America plans to increase its aid by more than $40 billion over the next ten years. The americans are inherently impatient people. They pay much more to get work done faster, sometimes with no incremental results. They learned this from WWII. When the british and american soldiers and officers lined up in front of the bawdy houses of europe, the yankee soldiers paid more to the whores to get faster service and gave bigger tips in the bars to create a good impression for a return bout. That lesson learned, it is now protocol.
      Israel is in pain now. The middle eastern countries are breaking the chains of american bondage slowly but surely. They do not have to appease usa by holding their breath now with regards to Israel. They are unpredictable people. What's in the future may not be so good for Israel. Besides, the countries that were being suppressed by the usa are all, and others will soon be, totally free to act autonomously and decisively in their own interest.
      With Syria organizing its own Haj thereby gaining prestige and wealth and Iran off from the starting gate like a suppressed stallion running to its waiting mare, the middle east will be a love to watch in the future. This future will be realized with the help of Russia and all non-evil-minded leaders of the region.
    • For the jew everything is never enough! Only a fraction of financial aid paid to the jews would revamp the US infrastructure! The jews have been running their schemes for quite some time now and today they control our banks, media, boarders and government leaders. It really in a shame how they use mass immigration and the gay agenda as a weapon of white genocide all the while we pay them to do this as well! May all of israel burn in hell!
    • avatar
      Israel has never atoned for the crucification of Jesus. They have paid a price before and will continue to receive the same in future probably something worse. They have a crooked way of seeing things always wanting dominance . Even the New Testament was changed by these crooks. They are not the chosen ones.
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      U.S OWNS U.N and that's the key factor. Until Russia don't find a formula to get U.N fair control this will continue.
      Palestine, is not recognized as state by U.S and as a result, the whole world must look the other way.
      The BIBLE and Christianity is the main support of the world tours Israel. Not knowing that Israel is NOT christian itself and doesn't like Christian's. They just on the lands that some events on the bible are related to.
      Once the world REALLY wake up, and know the truth they will just turn Vatican into a museum.
      Or just keep it to pray. Which in itself is good, and give inner peace . Enlightenment of the mind. That would be all.
      All those terrorists are LUNATICS. If deep studies are followed the sociology and psychiatric world defines religious followers at pair with political followers and are named.. Lunatic Fringes.
    • iamgogmagog666
      Why is the US giving taxpayers money away to Israel, when US soldiers families are on Food Stamps, when the US is already sitting on a growing debt bomb, when de-dollarization is spreading worldwide. When the dollar collapses, Israel will be gone by default.
    • Korz53
      US wants to give everyone a big big shoe.
    • avatar
      Israel is the more Civil Nation Middle East.One does not understand why
      It should disappear from the face of the earth after 5700 years since its foundation.
      Perhaps it would be more correct that the Neighbouring Countries imitate his training
      state in their own interest. But in Peace not War. These Poor Citizens
      Israelis have escaped the most infamous persecutions and Atrocity and it is time that
      they live in peace with Their Schools, Their Uses and Customs and Their Religion.
      They managed after untold sufferings to carve out a piece of land for
      all their "dears"! And that devil! But let them live in the Holy Peace once and for all!
      Despite all possible detractors of the world who criticize them for the wealth that some magnate owns World. Most of the people is always poor, and ready to die to defend Israel!
    • Hagbard Celine
      Dual citizenship in key political positions of a country is a sign corruption on a national level. In fact, it is an act of agression and occupation. But let the Americans take their own garbage out, we have plenty of our own.
    • avatar
      the Israeli flag is a DAESH flag.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toсоветский(Show commentHide comment)
      silviosinnone, Thanks for the laugh to defend nazisrael! Those ashkenazis have no right to be there..
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toiamgogmagog666(Show commentHide comment)
      iamgogmagog666, The parasite realizes what is coming and is getting ready to switch hosts. American leaders being greedy have sold the country out to Zionist money. For them it is the proverbial profit motive at work.
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      советскийin reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      You're not worthy of response! You're not a human being!

      Ты не достоин ответа! Ты не человек!
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toсоветский(Show commentHide comment)
      silviosinnone, You're a brainwashed zionist poor baby :) open a book and read who really belong there (hint arabs and the real israelites).
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