Thanks to Caroline B. Glick for her article Obama’s Money and Israel’s Sovereignty and her careful and complete dissecting of the Defense Spending Offer from the White House and flushing out the implications. To sum up briefly what Caroline B. Glick related, one should still go read her article as it offers more than stated here, please. The offer is large and fully sufficient presumably providing that nothing too unforeseen might arise. The difficulties stem largely if Israel was in a delicate position where secrecy was required to do a mission for which some tactical backup might become necessary and prudence would require that arrangements be made to procure additional military purchase. Israel would be required to work through the White House and should the White House refuse then there would be no going to Congress and no recourse. Congress would also be prevented from overstepping White House decision nor could Congress alter the program in any manner. Lastly, only the President would be capable of making any adjustments forcing Israel to garner White House approval before any military actions even should Israel be attacked. The final straw is that Israel would no longer be permitted to use United States funding on domestically produced military equipment. This would result in the virtual collapse of Israeli defense spending and research and development.
Caroline Glick did not probe deeply in laying blame and delved largely into the ramifications and reasons that the deal must be refused and why she feared the Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu would believe he had to accept this deal or face living without any deal and the potential that refusing this deal could lead to an even worse offer coming down the road from the next United States President whether it turn out to be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Rather, we will look at the advantages of not having a deal with the United States with a slightly different slant. The obvious advantage, as Caroline Glick stated, is it would allow for additional jobs as this would require Israel to start producing her own weapons systems, ammunitions and other military related systems, clothing and support vehicles and other requirements. All of that is true and is of great importance but is nothing compared to what it could mean and the advantages those options would produce which are both fascinating and encouraging.
One of the first items is that the many anti-rocket, anti-missile and anti-projectiles of all sorts which Israel is currently developing with a number of United States companies such as Raytheon will continue to be developed and any funding required by the United States companies would then be required to come from the United States and any developments and discoveries made by Israeli companies such as IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) would remain as Israeli property and not automatically licensed to the United States companies working with the Israeli companies unless such were identified in any contract. Israel has likely provided the United States far more technological inventions, discoveries, designs, software programs, software hardware systems and subsystems, sensors, drones, avionics and countless other benefits even down to the most basic and simple as to appear as an obvious means to manage what had been perplexing some of the greatest military development minds in the United States and was solved by an innovative Israeli pilot with a quick trip to an auto parts store. The difficulty escaping all the great minds on both sides of the planet was seeing when somebody is coming up behind an F-16 Jet Fighter in a firefight and the Israeli pilot installed a rally rearview mirror on the Jet choosing one which was aerodynamic so as to reduce drag. If we remember correctly he used the side view mirror of a 1969 Mustang. Sometimes solution just present themselves and those kind are often sourced by the seemingly obvious which never occurred to anyone but were so obvious afterwards. There were still a number of months and numerous modifications to the mirror to justify the million plus probably spent to perfect the aerodynamics as the F-16 does fly a little faster than even the Mustang Mach I Cobra.
Looking back at the one large item in the Israeli arsenal, the Merkava Main Battle Tanks, one sees a system which has throughout its numerous renditions held its own in trials against comparable heavy battle tanks from Europe, Russia and the United States. Israel has made some astounding developments in rifle and sidearm technologies. IMI Israeli Military Industries has introduced the Iron Fist System for protecting anything from a tank to a truck to a bunker and anything else as shown below in the video. The second video is about the Delilah missile which is a very special air-to-ground with standoff and loiter capabilities, and has ship or ground launch variants. Israeli weapons and weapons systems are so diverse and varied that Future Weapons ended up dedicating a week’s worth of shows, many of which can be found on You Tube. They vary from such simple ideas as a gun which can be fired around corners using a camera looking down the sited and a small screen to the Iron Dome missile intercept systems and a defensive weapon which detects incoming RPGs and literally slices the nose off the projectile defusing it through decapitation. And Israel has had a long list of weapons and weapons improvements. It was the Israelis who took the Sherman Tanks from World War II and swapped out the engine for a supercharged diesel engine and swapped the underpowered main gun with a modernized 105mm cannon firing high speed projectiles, a system given to the United States extending the useful life of the Sherman Tank with what became known as the Super Sherman. Israel has been made by treaties to share most of their technology with the United States who immediately use the best and upgrade it for their troops. This sharing has proven not to be a two way street as much as the price Israel pays in order to be favored when the United States feels generous.
There is an argument put forth that the United States has always been there for Israel from 1948 on. That is a nice sounding lie if you are an American looking to feel good but a pernicious lie which many Israelis find a bitter pill to swallow. That is because it is such a lie which leaves out ignoring much of the real history. The United States took a hands off approach to the Genocidal Arab invasions into Israel in 1948 placing an arms embargo on the Jewish State and it is claimed also the Arab States except that many America Arms ended up on the Arab nations’ sides as war surplus was sold to these nations though denied to Israel. After the cease-fire lines were set did the United States finally sell Israel some Sherman Tanks and other weapons demanding that any improvements Israel might make to the weapons had to be shared with the United States. It was not until after the Six Day War that the United States started fully backing Israel. This is claimed was due to the Israeli victory in that war and had nothing to do with preventing Israel from completing their trials and manufacture of the Lavi Jet fighter which could have competed with the F-16 in world arms trade which Israel agreed to stop development in exchange for a sweet weapons deal of F-16s and F-15s and a promise of supply when needed. President Obama is not the first President to withhold weapons which Israel was due during a war as President Nixon played that game on the advice of Henry Kissinger so as to make Israel more pliable in any solution to the Yom Kippur War. It has long been the United States’ position, or at least the State Department’s position, that Israel be squeezed back within its 1949 armistice lines and possibly further to the United Nations’ 1947 division that the Arabs refused, choosing invading instead. The United States had been as much a hindrance as an ally when Israel has been in the lurch and needing help now and not in a few weeks. Such situations have almost always been used by the United States to apply pressures to prevent a complete Israeli victory and save the Arab nations and please the Saudis always trying to make Israel as weak as possible as the Israelis will manage another win and if not return to wander the Earth hated and despised, blamed for every ill and hunted down and murdered whenever things went poorly. That is how friendship is defined.
Simply put, this new arms and military support doctrine is yet another means by which the United States is attempting to place Israel between a rock and the Presidency where the President will be in a position to literally all but disarm Israel making her far more pliable and thus being able to make Israel sit up and pay mind to her overlords. This is much more than a bad deal, this is slavery to the whims of the American Presidents, something that President Obama like Presidents Nixon, Eisenhower, Truman and all before him have proven cannot be trusted to be our friends as much as the great equalizers. Israel cannot afford equal any longer as rockets make size more important than ever before. Perhaps it is time to cut ties with the United States, finish out any agreements and become a lone broker of our future and go it alone if that is what it will take. We are sure Israel can design and build any weapons system of the future as we have designed so many for others in the past. Going it alone would provide Israel an advantage in employment, technology, and weapons systems which the rest of the world could only dream of possessing. That is our faith in Israel’s ability to shine on her own and find the means to surpass anything she might have achieved attached at the hip to the United States State Department, an Arabist institution if there ever was one and a definite hater of all things Israel. No, we need to cut the umbilical cord as it is way past time to do so. We broke from French partnership and now we need make our relations with the United States into a two way street where our minds and their developments will bear a cost and not be taken freely by treaty any further. We will make discoveries and developments for us and by us and in the end built by us and sold if we choose to whom we choose and not be a subsidiary of the United States arms market. That should be the future of Israel and not a vassal state. This is our path for the future as the United States proved untrustworthy once again and the next time might prove fatal and thus cannot be permitted even the chance of destroying our lives and worse, the lives of our children and their children. This deal should be answered, “Thanks but no thanks.”
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