“REPUBLICAN” SPEAKER INVITES ISRAELI LEADER TO ADDRESS CONGRESS
|| By FITSNEWS || Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited by “Republican” U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress on the issue of Iran next month – a move intended to put U.S. president Barack Obama at a political disadvantage.
And no doubt to boost Boehner’s abysmal support among “Republican” voters …
According to Boehner, Netanyahu was invited to speak to a joint session of Congress on February 11 regarding the “grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life.”
Really? America needs a refresher on that? Last time we checked our country knew all about the grave threat of radical Islam … (yet we keep inviting additional reminders via our non-sensical military interventions).
Anyway … the last time we checked in on Netanyahu, he was busy lecturing the United States “not to ever second guess me again” regarding his nation’s war with militant Palestinians in Gaza (an effort which is subsidized extensively by U.S. taxpayers).
Netanyahu is no stranger to Washington, D.C. Or trash talk. In 1996, for example, he told a joint session of the U.S. Congress that his country no longer needed to rely on American aid.
“I believe that we can now say that Israel has reached childhood’s end, that it has matured enough to begin approaching a state of self-reliance,” Netanyahu said. “We are going to achieve economic independence.”
In 2011, Netanyahu made another appearance before Congress – telling lawmakers “you don’t need to send American troops to defend Israel. We defend ourselves.”
Again … he’s full of it. One hundred percent full of it.
Despite Netanyahu’s protestations, Israel has continued to rely on American aid – to the tune of more than $3 billion a year.
Fifty-five percent of America’s “foreign military financing” currently goes to Israel – which accounts for a quarter of the country’s entire military budget. Oh … and that funding doesn’t include the costs associated with joint U.S.-Israeli military projects, including costly missile and rocket defense programs like the “Iron Dome,” “David’s Sling,” “Arrow I” or “Arrow II.” Combined, those programs sucked $503.7 million out of the latest U.S. defense budget.
Last summer, Congress sent Israel a “bonus” payment of $225 million to help subsidize its war in Gaza – while Israel received an additional $619.8 million in “emergency” military aid in the latest “bipartisan” budget deal (on top of its annual $3.1 billion handout).
American taxpayers have no business subsidizing Israel’s defense – something we’ve made clear in previous posts. Nor do they have any business subsidizing militant Islamists in the Middle East – something we’ve also made clear in previous posts.
Don’t get us wrong: These people can kill each other all they want: All day, every day.
And America absolutely should follow Netanyahu’s warning to “never second guess” him again … just as soon as he takes his hand out of our pocket.
Hey @fitsnews maybe don't be a dick to the 1 country in the Middle East that doesn't hate us &has come to support us in our times of need.
— Taylor Brown (@TaylahhKane) January 21, 2015