I see the House of Representatives has passed H. R. 4133: United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012. You have to ask: what’s the relationship here? Do give it a read, it’s not long.
The Bill was drafted by Reps Eric Cantor and Steny Hoyer and, among other things, seeks to “express the sense of Congress regarding the United States-Israel strategic relationship”. It notes the “special bond between the United States and Israel” and “reaffirms the enduring commitment of the United States to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state”. Nothing surprising there. However, beyond the kisses, it effectively extends unlimited funding to ensure Israel’s regional military superiority. Apart from the federal government itself, who or what else can ever be awarded that largesse, on the backs of the sweat of American workers?
And hang on, a few months ago Netanyahu told Congress that Israel can defend itself, pointedly stating that “we defend ourselves”, so why the extended advantage now?
And more than that, more than business between the US and Israel, we need to be aware that the Bill provides “an expanded role for Israel within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including an enhanced presence at NATO headquarters and exercises”. Frankly I don’t like the sound of that, because it means that if British forces are affected in anyway by this clause, it’ll be because of Middle East affairs, involving conflicts which are none of our business and in the service of a nation which needs no outside help, as we just heard.