The Z Factor III: The (Welfare) State and Surveillance

Israel is the country that has received more cumulative American aid than any other country since the end of World War II.”

–  ‘U.S. military aid to Israel exceeds $100 billion.’ Haaretz, 2014.


The financial ties between the U.S. and Israel represent an extraordinary long term policy in double standards and favouritism which has extended across successive administrations and stretched the idea of aid to its limits. For most members of Congress, let alone for most Americans, the sheer scale of this monetary support is not known, nor is the MSM keen to trumpet this caricature of expenditure.

Israel has been the beneficiary of aid totalling more than $84,854,827,200 from 1949–1997. This little state still receives $3 billion of US aid each year which is a truly staggering sum of money. Not bad for a country which comprises only 0.001 per cent of the world’s population and boasts a GNP higher than Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the West Bank and Gaza. The majority of this money has come from loan guarantees converted to grants with any outstanding loans “forgiven” by Congress, which is not a little insulting to Latin American and African countries still pounded by debt repayments keeping them in a state of perpetual economic subservience. [1]

Israel is a very special case, it seems. Other countries receive aid in quarterly instalments whereas Israel is fed its substantial booty at the beginning of the fiscal year. We must also include the annual $1.5 billion banquet from private U.S. funds in the form of tax deductible donations and Israeli bonds under the umbrella protection of a considerable number of powerful Jewish charities, a well-oiled process that once again sets an international precedent.

According to Richard Curtiss of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs the total cost to the U.S. taxpayer has reached an astonishing 134.8 billion since 1949 not adjusted for inflation. Put another way, the 5.8 million Israelis received nearly $14,630 from the U.S. government by Oct. 31, 1997 which “… cost American taxpayers $23,240 per Israeli.” [2] Though Israel is one of the world’s smallest nations it is one of the richest. The latest figures show that American taxpayers are handing over away over $8 million per day into Israel’s coffers costing average Americans over $15 million per day. [3]

Economic researcher and teacher Thomas R. Stauffer produced an extensive June 2003 report entitled: “The Costs to American Taxpayers of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: $3 Trillion” published by The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Having taught at Harvard University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Stauffer is highly experienced in his field. His findings found that: “Total identifiable costs come to almost $3 trillion,” Stauffer says. “About 60 per cent, well over half, of those costs – about $1.7 trillion – arose from the U.S. defence of Israel, where most of that amount has been incurred since 1973.” Stauffer also stated that the support for Israel: “… comes to $1.8 trillion, including special trade advantages, preferential contracts, or aid buried in other accounts. In addition to the financial outlay, U.S. aid to Israel costs some 275,000 American jobs each year.” [4]


 The U.S. provides Israel $8.5 million* in military aid each day, while it gives the Palestinians $0** in military aid.

isrealaidgraph“Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct U.S. economic and military assistance since 1976 and the largest total recipient since World War ll. Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year. This largesse is especially striking when one realizes that Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capita income roughly equal to South Korea or Spain.”

— John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt,“The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy”– From: www.ifamericansknew.org


It is the powerful leverage of Jewish lobby organizations operating on behalf of Israel which command enormous funds which Congress meekly approves and never cuts. American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) coordinates the campaigns for donations and has over a $15 million dollar budget and some 52 national Jewish charities from which to rally to the cause, some of whom appear to be adopting nothing more than a platform for denigration of all things Arabic spun at the edges with conciliatory platitudes. While a registered lobby for Israel, it does not have to register as a foreign lobby. Moreover, they can sit on every hearing in the US Congress that involves Middle Eastern issues which gives it a unique and exceptional advantage. As Jewish-American and anti-Zionist journalist Jeffrey Blankfort reminds us: “… they also write the legislation that Congress passes regarding the Middle East. For example, the recent ‘Syrian Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act,’ which was passed a couple of years ago, and which lead to what we see in Lebanon and Syria today, was written by AIPAC which later bragged about it. It is not a secret. The only people that pretend they don’t know it is the Left.” [5]

Although Palestinians have received humanitarian and development assistance it has never received military aid unlike Israel which uses its enormous financial and military support to further undermine and erode the civil, cultural and human rights of Palestine people. The result is a perpetual human rights disaster in the in the occupied territories, though you would never believe it if you paid attention to the MSM in US and most of Europe which is generally heavily biased in favour of Israel.

American businessmen and Zionists also grabbed a slice of the neo-colonial pie under the shroud of “reconstruction” still taking place within the open wound of Iraq. One example comes from The Iraqi International Law Group (IILG) which was set up last July by Salem “Sam” Chalabi the nephew of the head of the Iraqi National Congress Ahmad Chalabi a Pentagon favourite and leading member of Iraq’s (read U.S.) governing council. Mr Marc Zell, who was a one time member of the Likud party and campaigned for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has the onerous responsibility of finding Israeli/American companies to do business in Iraq. Zell, who has offices in Jerusalem and Washington ran a law practice with none other than Zio-Con Douglas Feith who was assigned the task of “reconstruction” in Iraq, a euphemism for assigning no-bid contracts to Anglo-American-Israeli corporations such as Halliburton and KBR Company. [6]

Zell has outspoken  views on the rights of settlers to occupy Palestinian land as well as promoting the idea of supplying Iraqi oil to Israel via a pipeline, something which the late Ariel Sharon was enthusiastically pursuing while visiting Iraq in 2005. Having extremely strong ties to the Pentagon before and after the invasion it comes as no surprise that Zell and others of his ilk represent a piece in an overall strategy of Israel to drain Iraq if its life-blood in more ways than one.

Biased business opportunities have nothing to do with establishing a cohesive and sustainable infra-structure, rather, this represents the future “glories” of capitalism and an open door to the basic ingredients of this form of extreme consumerism and MTV culture. A black market, mafia driven exploitation is thriving in Iraq. It was in 2005 that the new market for pornography really took off supplying the demand in some hastily revamped cinemas and living rooms of Iraqi citizens as one indication of Western alliance influences.  [7]

Big money pouring into Israel – particularly after the ransacking of Iraq – has meant Israel’s military capability has been enhanced to a significant degree, due in part, to illicit arms technology transfers and the sharing of weapons systems software technology. What is more economically incestuous is that much of the military aid to Israel is used to buy weapons from the U.S. and heavily subsidized by the same, thus furthering the demand for more weaponry in the Arab states. 80 per cent of arms to Arab countries is sourced from the U.S. (It is also true that many European arms manufacturers have been keen to provide weapons for Israeli, most notably the United Kingdom).

A prime example of stunning hypocrisy is evident from the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act which prohibits military assistance to any country “which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” We can also include the Proxmire Amendment which bans military assistance to any government that refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities. And here we have the U.S. happily flouting such laws with Israel continuing its own nuclear capability while crying foul against any other nation attempting to do the same.

Reports of the Israeli’s developing ethnic specific weaponry becomes less of a rumour and more of reality when we cast an eye over the 200 companies and corporations listed as “recipients for grants from U.S./Israel binominal foundations” at the Jewish Virtual Library (a division of American Israeli cooperative Enterprise). The text goes into a romantic, hand in hand explanation of the two countries with “shared value initiatives” and as “partners for change.” One may take a shrewd guess that the kind of “change” and “initiatives” are very different to the flowery image of participation and renewal depicted here.

The Israeli network within the US Government would suggest that American/Jewish interests are so intertwined that is hard to know just where America ends and Israel begins. Most of the American public are not remotely aware of how Zionist influence has infiltrated the American Establishment largely due to preferential immigration and the consequent embedded intelligence assets of varying degrees of importance. The Israel lobby now effectively directs American foreign policy via Zio-Conservatives and religious extremism. Its origin is in Revisionist Zionism whose principles were to take by force not only Palestine but to maintain political control by co-opting the politics of the Anglo-American Establishment and their media outlets.

Another less well known building block in the formation of political Zionist control in Britain and America was the Parushim (Hebrew word for ‘Pharisees’ and ‘separate,’) a secret fraternity founded around 1912 which grew out of the University of Harvard’s Menorah Society. “As the Harvard men spread out across the land in their professional pursuits, their interests in Zionism were kept alive by secretive exchanges and the trappings of a fraternal order. Each invited initiate underwent a solemn ceremony, swearing the oath ‘to guard and to obey and to keep secret the laws and the labor of the fellowship, its existence and its aims.’” [8]

The creator of the Parushim was Jewish American attorney Louis Brandeis, who was a close, personal friend of British Prime Minister Woodrow Wilson who became an ardent Zionist for the cause: “The members set about meeting people of influence here and there, casually, on a friendly basis. They planted suggestions for action to further the Zionist cause long before official government planners had come up with anything. For example, as early as November 1915, a leader of the Parushim went around suggesting that the British might gain some benefit from a former declaration in support of a Jewish national homeland in Palestine.”  [9]

From then on, the branches of influences have extended into the heart of the US administration federal agencies, media and “info-tainment” industries, exerting often obvious intimidation in the press and subtle control over content and narrative in the fields of entertainment. Academia often serves as gate-keepers for Zionist and Jewish interests. Psychologist and historian Kevin MacDonald commented on this point in his 2005 book The Culture of Critique where he states: “… ethnic Jews have a powerful influence in the American media-far larger than any other identifiable group. The extent of Jewish ownership and influence on the popular media in the United States is remarkable given the relatively small proportion of the population that is Jewish.” It would be a grave mistake to underestimate the slice of the social engineering pie that Zionists have carved out for their aggressive interests.  [10]

***

There appears to be an historical sharing of intelligence between the CIA and MOSSAD, from bio warfare to surveillance technology, though this alliance may be somewhat factional and very far from “cosy.” One category of this shared intelligence came under the little known name of PROMIS (Prosecutor’s Management Information System) developed by former employees of the National Security Agency (NSA) and now used by everyone (with suitable 21st Century enhancements). Its purpose was to track individuals pursued or prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department by interfacing with other databases. Further modifications took place over the years via stolen copies and a complex web of interested parties with heavy links to chemical and bio weaponry production.

According to an Israeli operative Ari Ben-Menashe of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) he had been personally involved in a multi-billion dollar arms deal between Iraq/Iran the purpose of which was to exacerbate tensions between the two countries. In 1987 Ben-Menashe claims to have attended a meeting in Tel Aviv where the CIA, NSA and the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) all used PROMIS and gave it to Israeli Intelligence. He further described that American operators had the key to back door access modifications carried out on now expanding bootleg versions of PROMIS. However, the most intriguing sign of “shared value interests” comes from Ben Menashe’s insistence that during the Reagan administration some officials had hoped to use Israelis to sell PROMIS to police and intelligence agencies globally.

In Ari Ben-Menashe’s memoir Profits of War (1992) he quotes Rafi Eitan the anti-terrorist advisor to Israel’s Prime minister during the eighties: “We can use this program to stamp out terrorism by keeping track of everyone. But not only that we can find out what our enemies know too.” This allowed Israelis to enter via a “back door” into any other intelligence agency network birthed initially by the NSA and no doubt being perfected still further within its catacombs.

In December 2001 Executive Intelligence Review reported on the suspicion that then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had: “… dispatched special operations teams into North America…Portions of the funds garnered from the illegal operations according to sources, are funnelled to offshore bank accounts of the late Ariel Sharon. Some of these dirty funds were reportedly diverted to Sharon’s election campaigns. This Israeli mafia apparatus receives technical support with major American telephone companies and government law enforcement agencies.”  [11]

It is evident that telecommunications technology is part and parcel of Israeli business and covert operations which has been grafted onto a fertile ground for socio-cultural programming where Israel’s Statehood and Jewish victimisation have become an industry in its own right. This acts as a shield to applying any kind of objectivity and critical analysis to Israel’s role in global terrorism.

If we keep in mind the details of PROMIS and other hybrid spy systems of monitoring surveillance currently used by Israel it comes as no surprise that that corporate America and its media is effectively controlled from top to bottom by Zionist influences heavily populated with MOSSAD agents in every sector of American life. The advanced PROMIS system and others since developed which are more sophisticated (you only have to remember the Edward Snowden revelations) are being used to eavesdrop on ordinary Americans and those who have in the merest whisper of a “terrorist” connection as part of the “above board” U.S./Israeli joint intelligence venture.

Returning to the Israeli company Amdocs Inc., presently headed by Eli Gelman, it has rapidly evolved into the leading market provider for sub-contracted billing and directory services straddling 90 per cent of American phone companies. In 1997, Amdocs was implicated in the leaking of police phone data which in turn led to the collapse of an investigation into drug and credit card fraud – also with Israeli mob connections, a pattern which has occurred many times since with various Israeli-owned telecommunications and software companies firmly integrated into the US communications infrastructure. [12]It just so happens that Amdocs has “won” major deals over the years with American communications giants such as AT&T, one of the world leaders in data and voice communications with an annual turnover of $41 billion and serving over 40 million private clients. Additional deals followed. [12]

Israeli owned Comverse Infosystems was also had a cloud of suspicion hanging over its business dealings where versions of PROMIS may have surfaced within its applications but these companies have nonetheless surged ahead with lucrative trade deals and major investments from U.S. companies. According to the American-Israeli Chamber of Commerce South region E-newsletter: “… there has been a surge in demand for Israeli security products and expertise since the September 11th attacks. From gas masks to anthrax drugs to security training centers and information security, Israeli companies are taking advantage of the expertise they’ve developed over the years to respond to this world-wide crisis.” Since evidence has been found that Israel may have managed to slip agents into the telephone systems at the highest levels of U.S. Government, it is hardly surprising that US intelligence agents are becoming uneasy about the sanctioned presence of MOSSAD. [13]

For Spanish version: See La Verdad Nos Espera


Notes

[1] ‘A Conservative Estimate of Total Direct U.S. Aid to Israel: Almost $114 Billion’ By Shirl McArthur (It does not include money from the DOD and other agencies. Nor does it include estimated interest on the early disbursement of aid).
[2] By Richard H. Curtiss Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer Speech at the Al Hewar Center for Arab Culture and Dialogue May 20, 1998.
[3] Ibid.
[4] ‘The Costs to American Taxpayers of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: $3 Trillion’ By Thomas R. Stauffer, Ph.D. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, June 2003. | http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/stauffer.html
[5] The Chomsky/Blankfort Polemic: ‘The anti-war movement has failed’ Interview with Jeffrey Blankfort by Silvia Cattori, Febuary 17, 2006.
[6] ‘Corporate oil giants scramble to plunder Iraq’s energy reserves’ By James Cogan. WSWS, 18 December 2007. / ‘They plundered Iraq for fun and profit’by Froma Harrop, The Seattle Times, July 26, 2006. See also “Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers” by Robert Greenwald (2005). “Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.”
[7] ‘American freedoms bring porn to Baghdad’ AP, August 23, 2010.
[8] p.53; Israel in the Mind of America, by Peter Grose, New York: Knopf, 1984.
[9] Op. cit. Grose, (p. 54).
[10] The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth Century Intellectual and Political Movements, by Kevin MacDonald, Dept.of Psychology, California State University 1998, 2002 | ISBN: 0-7596-7221-0.
[11] ‘A Sharon spy network in the Americas?’ Executive Intelligence Review, December 13, 2001.
[12] ‘Is Israel Blackmailing America?’ By Mike Rivero | http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/
[13] ‘AT&T’ Market Watch |ww.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/t/financials | ‘U.S. Police and Intelligence Hit by Spy Network’ Charles R. Smith, Dec. 19, 2001, News Max.
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3 comments

  1. this was really interesting, especially since I am one of those AT&T customers and having called and speaking to whom I’m sure is one of the oversea’s person(s)…this article just boggles the mind! Another dysfunction in the American Government. Ugggggggg

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    1. Hey there. Yes, the deeper you dig the darker it seems to get. And mostly inhabited by the very type of people you’re blogging about. Still, it’s all one big learning curve. I suppose the more knowledge we have about how it all works the more awareness we have and thus more choices. Thanks for dropping by Tela.

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