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« Saudi Sheik Issues Fatwa Against Hezbollah | WILLisms.com | Flashpoint: Lebanon »

Israel: Plenty Of Money To Finance War

More bad news for Hezbollah:

JERUSALEM, July 19 (Reuters) - Israel may be forced to increase its defence budget this year if fighting with Hizbollah continues for another three weeks, a senior Finance Ministry official said on Wednesday.

But the overall budget is in such good shape that it can fund an extended conflict without harming its fiscal targets much more easily than in the past, Yossi Gordon, Israel's deputy budget director, told Reuters.

If the United States is not willing to help Israel directly with military involvement or support, the least we can do is help Israel in the event that a lengthy war depletes their treasury, which thankfully does not seem to be the case yet. It is the least we can do for our allies in the War on Terror now doing some real heavy lifting.

Posted by Ken McCracken · 20 July 2006 10:03 PM

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While this would run counter to a good deal of people, something quite clear also comes to view when you supply a country (Israel) out of guilt, and demonize anyone who thinks Israel can do wrong.
What comes clear is that Israel is not as defenseless as they portray themselves.



Debates on the issues of the conflict are framed on the part that:

1) Israel can do nothing wrong

2) That the initial incident in the ongoing conflict is a matter of mere defense

3) That the ongoing conflict is a matter of Israel being attacked by enemies whose desire and capability are assumed to be the worst case of being equal, and

4) That the desire and/or capability demonstrated in #3 is/are high enough to warrant complete destruction or subjugation to Israel interests.

With this in mind, these concepts can be deconstructed.

1) Israel can do no wrong

The basis of this is from the concept of Sovereign Immunity, applied in this case to their defense of their actions. This is seen by the reaction of those who support Israel to any criticism (legitimate or not) that they automatically go about character assassination via the easy route of the "Antisemitist" label with all that is associated with it. This is by no means a new concept, but "Far-right Israel Immunity" can be used to describe it, even if the person counters with what only amounts to a protected, valid ad hominem attack.
This is strong enough to easily affect the US. The policy before the incident was to threaten to withhold their fees towards the UN, they exercised their veto power when Israel was threatened with being made accountable for her actions.

2) That the initial incident in the ongoing conflict is a matter of mere defense

3) That the ongoing conflict is a matter of Israel being attacked by enemies whose desire and capability are assumed to be the worst case of being equal

Ok, Israel has a LOT of US machinery with its flag on it out there. Caterpillar Armored D9-E bulldozers, Apache helicopters, F-16 fighter jets, Hellfire missiles, and the shells used daily are a signal of power if not alliance. Given that it'd take a very stealthy approach for Iran to get to Hezbollah, the territory would be well-subjugated before Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could even move to level Tel Aviv.

4) That the desire and/or capability demonstrated in #3 is/are high enough to warrant complete destruction or subjugation to Israel interests.

Outside of an Iranian interference or the complete reversal of feelings of guilt towards Israel, they'll use every trick in the book to remove the remaining dissent. Peace was all but removed from a possibility since 1967(with the seeds sown in 1947), and sealed short of mutual denial of the region to both groups in the 1980s when opinions reversed from Israel the oppressor to Israel the helpless nation.


Israel does NOT deserve any more help even if it needed it - it has enough by guilting the world since 1947 into assisting in destruction and subjugation of their enemies. Losing 8 million plus people is enough to remember for ages, using it as justification for endless provocation and revenge is something unbecoming of a democracy, but fine for an uncaring theocracy called Israel.

Posted by: sethstorm at July 21, 2006 03:00 AM

While this would run counter to a good deal of people, something quite clear also comes to view when you supply a country (Israel) out of guilt, and demonize anyone who thinks Israel can do wrong. What comes clear is that Israel is not as defenseless as they portray themselves.

You are setting up bogus premises here for the rest of your argument.

First, no conservative I know of thinks we should supply Israel out of 'guilt', because no conservative I know of thinks the Holocaust was in any way their fault. In fact, a great many of us have relatives who laid their lives on the line or died fighting the Nazis.

Second, I for one do not think they can 'do no wrong.' They never apologized for attacking the USS Liberty, and they sent Jonathan Pollard to spy against us, as two examples.

Finally, Israel has nuclear weapons. No one who knows that thinks Israel is 'defenseless'.

Since your premises are false, you entire argument crumbles.

Posted by: Ken McCracken at July 21, 2006 03:24 AM

pppht!! we've been helping Israels TREASURY at the rate of like 3 billion a year. Over my dead body will we give them MORE

Posted by: lester at July 21, 2006 04:29 PM