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US Offers Bibi 20 F-35 Fighters, The Jordan Valley and a Free UN PassJames M. Wall Salem-News.com
(CHICAGO) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been meeting with his seven-member inner cabinet. They are discussing the offer Hillary Clinton made as an incentive to Israel to “freeze” settlement construction for 90 days.
If you are not a Palestinian or an American tax payer, what’s not to like in this proposed deal?
Israel agrees to reinstate a 90-day freeze on West Bank settlement construction, not including East Jerusalem. This means that a freeze that was never in effect will now be reinstated.
In return for reinstating, for 90 days,a freeze that was never frozen, Israel is handed a gift which even the New York Times‘ Tom Friedman, Israel’s Greatest Friend in American media, called a “bribe”.
Friedman is correct. For reinstating a freeze that was never frozen, the U.S. agrees not to keep bugging Israel about any future freezes beyond the 90 day agreement.
The bribe includes 20 F-35 fighters, Israel’s control of the Jordan Valley for a year after a final border is established, and a guarantee that the US will veto any UN actions aimed at Israel.
Stephen Lendman, a Research Associate of the Center for Research on Globalization reported in Veterans Today that the New York Times gives its typical pro-Israel slant on Clinton’s offer.
Times writers Ethan Bronner and Mark Landler, wrote on November 14, “A 90-Day Bet on Mideast Talks”:
Lendman’s analysis of the Bronner-Landler report:
Of course, a large portion of the rest of the world sees through this humiliating charade, described by the London Independent’s Robert Fisk, as an act of appeasement:
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (FSJ) is not your run of the mill fighter. It is part of a “joint, multinational acquisition program for the US Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and eight cooperative international partners.”
By the addition of F-35s to its Air Force, Israel joins the US and its eight other international partners as members of a western alliance working together to create what is “expected to be the largest military aircraft procurement ever.”
The stealth, supersonic F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) will replace a wide range of aging fighter and strike aircraft for the U.S. armed forces and its allied defense forces worldwide, which now includes Israel.
In short, Israel is not just receiving a gift of 20 F-35s. It is also becoming part of a procurement program designed to run through 2026 and possibly longer. According to the Global Security Report, the F-35 worldwide fleet “may well stay in service until 2060 or longer”.
This international procurement program benefits the US company Lockheed-Martin, which on October 26, 2001 won “the largest military contract ever, a possible $200 billion competition to build the Joint Strike Fighter,” winning a competition over Boeing.
Lockheed Martin Corp. is developing the F-35 at its fighter aircraft plant in Fort Worth, where the new stealth warplane is expected to provide about 9,000 jobs over the next three to four decades. Northrop Grumman Corp. is to build the F-35′s center fuselage in California and BAE Systems the aft body in England. The Defense Industry Daily, reporting on the “largest single military program in history”, described the international dimension of the F-35 program:
This “free world” reference in the Defense Industry Daily, suggests that the Clinton package is intended to benefit US arms dealers as much as it benefits Israel’s long range military planners. And, lest we forget, arms dealers are generous with their gifts to politicians around election time.
The American war culture has become so dominant in our economy and politics, that official talk of peaceful solutions to world conflicts have become as antiquated as a Model T Ford sedan. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know this, which is why they perform the “settlement kabuki dance” with their best international pal, Bibi Netanyahu.
Clinton and Obama are trying to play to their political base while they dance with Bibi. Their base, which is much more progressive/liberal than the official Republican War Party is also dominated by PEPs (Progressive except on Palestine).
The progressive/liberal segment of our culture is slow to shift its focus. We need only to look back to 1967, when Martin Luther King, Jr., shocked his civil rights followers and media promoters by taking a strong stand against the American war in Vietnam.
The critical cries were loud: “The Reverend has stopped preaching and gone to meddling”.
Five months before he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, Dr.King called for his fellow Americans to refuse to fight in an unjust and immoral war in Vietnam.
Dr. King’s November, 1967 statements in opposition to the war culture’s Vietnam project were not received well by the majority of the public and certainly not by the political leaders.
King was a Christian prophet demanding an end to a futile, immoral and unjust war in Vietnam. In his prophetic voice, King condemned his nation’s growing militarization. The Civil Rights hero had become a prophetic critic who ventured outside the nation’s consensus.
This was 1967-68, before opposition to the Vietnam War became more acceptable to the media and the general public.
Glenn Greenwald found a clip of a 1967 King interview with TV host Mike Douglas. Greenwald posted a section of the interview on his website. His source for the video was the website, God Bless the Whole World.
King responded by saying his opposition to the war was not directed to his fellow African Americans (he spoke of “Negroes” at the time), but to all Americans. Douglas was so locked into the war culture’s endorsement of the Vietnam war, that he was unable to accept the reality that King’s prophetic voice reached beyond racial injustice.
Currently our nation is involved in two more wars. This time around, the war culture has delivered us into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, wars that are nothing less than a repeat of the Vietnam disaster which we prolonged seven additional years after King’s assassination.
We know about the missing WMDs that were used by Bush and Cheney to take us into war in iraq. What we are slow to accept is that in Afghanistan we are conducting a long term war in what should have been limited to an intensive criminal pursuit of the small number of men who planned and carried out 9/11.
Juan Cole reports on a recent survey of 1000 Afghan men:
Nothing has changed since 1967. We are still dragged into wars we do not understand by war makers who peddle their militant wares as essential to security and peace. King knew this, as we can see and hear from his prophetic words in November, 1967:
King’s vision is needed as each new American president promises peace and promotes war. The King vision still remains. Prophetic voices could still be raised in opposition to bribes to war leaders, bribes that include gifts of F-35 fighters that are just itching, to quote a former Republican presidential candidate, to “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran”.
Journalism was Jim Wall’s undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. An ordained United Methodist clergy person; he and his wife, Mary Eleanor, are the parents of three sons, and the grandparents of four grandchildren. They live in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Jim served for two years on active duty in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF (inactive) reserve. While serving with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years, starting in 1972. Time magazine wrote about the new editor, who arrived at the Christian Century determined to turn the magazine into a hard-hitting news publication. The inspiration for Wall Writings comes from that mindset and from many other sources that have influenced Jim’s writings over the years, including politics, cinema, media, American culture, and the political struggles in the Middle East. Jim has made more than 20 trips to that region as a journalist, during which he covered such events as Anwar Sadat’s 1977 trip to Jerusalem, and the 2006 Palestinian legislative election. He has interviewed, and written about, journalists, religious leaders, political leaders and private citizens in the region. You can write to Jim Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Jim's Website: Wall Writings
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