Sequester cuts to Israel unlikely

May 1 2013 - 3:19pm



On March 2, Vice-president Joe Biden assured 13,000 cheering supporters of Israel of President Obama's "unshakable commitment to Israel's military superiority in the region."

At the same time, he emphasized the president's determination to use military force, if necessary, to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. "President Obama is not bluffing," he told the AIPAC (American Israel Political Affairs Committee) convention. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then chimed in via satellite declaring that "diplomacy has not worked."

The next day, members of this committee fanned-out to members of Congress to make sure the aid package the U.S. gives Israel every year is spared the cuts required by sequestration. There was no need to worry. While the cuts will eliminate unemployment benefits to 3.8 million Americans, furlough HAFB employees, ground numerous squadrons of military aircraft, reduce nutritional aid for 600,000 poor women and children, the $4 billion-plus paid to Israel is untouchable.

I'd remind readers, the Bush administration's claim of WMDs in Iraq turned out to be a manufactured lie. And Saddam Hussain's primitive scud missiles posed a threat only to neighboring Israel, not to us. What they really mean is that 4,500 young Americans died and 35,000 others returned home without an arm or leg in order to protect Israel's security, not ours.

Now, apparently feeling threatened by another neighbor, Israel wants us to do more dirty work for it by attacking Iran. When will we finally figure out that we're being used?

M. Jensen Ogden

North Ogden


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