JAMAL ABDI AND JOSH RUEBNER, CONFIRMED GUESTS FOR FRIDAY'S SHOW ON THE U.S. SENATE RESOLUTION TO BACK ISRAEL
Jamal Abdi, policy director at the National Iranian Council, is now a confirmed guest for Friday's show, "All About Money", on KZYX, at 9 AM. He'll address the issue of whether the resolution is a back door for another bloody war for the United States in the Middle East.
"Yet, as thousands of 'Israel-first' citizen lobbyists descend on Capitol Hill, today (Tuesday) as part of the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) -- the largest and most influential of the many groups comprising the 'Israel lobby' -- concern for these millions of Americans will not be on its legislative agenda. Instead, AIPAC will be lobbying to avert the impact of sequestration on record-breaking levels of U.S. military aid to Israel. It will also be pushing for legislation to boost the U.S.-Israel 'strategic alliance' and green light an Israeli attack on Iran, measures which will both inevitably entail demands for additional U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons to Israel.
"Israel stands to lose approximately $250 million of its $3.1 billion military aid package from the United States under the terms of the sequestration. The Jewish Week calls AIPAC’s gambit to exempt these cuts a 'very risky strategy at a time when millions of Americans will be feeling the bite of the sequestration debacle,' which 'could easily backfire and damage Israel far more than any cuts in its very generous grant aid program.' ...
"AIPAC demands that the United States underwrite approximately 20 percent of the Israeli military budget. Beyond the fiscal absurdity of this policy, what makes it even more galling is that U.S. taxpayers are thereby made complicit in Israel’s systematic violation of Palestinian human rights, its military occupation and illegal colonization of Palestinian land, and its apartheid policies toward Palestinians which deny them freedom and self-determination."
Note: President Obama is currently scheduled to visit Israeli on March 20, though there have been reports that may be delayed.