Watch the interview video with political analyst Robert Naiman, 4.16 min, published on Russia Today RT, March 3, 2012.
… RT: The US has been Israel’s faithful ally since the foundation of the state. Why does it need to become official, why the formalization?
- RN: Well, according to lobbyists associated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, it has to do with the coming threat of budget cuts. Under this sequester… there’re supposed to be across-the-board cuts to the US budget. So that should mean that the US aid to Israel, which is substantial, billions of dollars a year, should also be cut – but the Israel lobby doesn’t want the aid to Israel to be cut. So their long game is that with this designation of ‘major strategic ally’ they would move things that are currently paid out of the US aid to Israel into the base Pentagon budget. They’ll argue, ‘well, this is about the national security needs…’
- So their goal here is to exempt aid to Israel from the so-called across-the-board cuts. But of course they don’t want to announce that on the marquee, because Americans are going to be told: ‘oh, now we have to cut Head Start early childhood education because of the sequester cuts, but meanwhile aid to Israel is going to be protected.’ That’s going to make a lot of people in the United States very angry.
RT: It’s clear how Israel would benefit from this. But the US rubber-stamping the status of Israel as its ‘major strategic ally’ – how do they benefit from it?
- RN: Well, they don’t – it has nothing to do with the benefit to the US. This is about what you can get away with if you’re lobbyist in Washington and the American people aren’t paying attention. If AIPAC and members of Congress are in a closed room, they’re going to agree on one thing. If the American people don’t find that out, it’s not reported in the press. This isn’t in the New York Times, it’s not in the Washington Post. It’s in the insider press that covers the stuff, Jewish telegraphic agency, for example, that covers AIPAC. So outside the people who follow such news, this is not in the mainstream American media yet … //
AIPAC – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, on en.wikipedia;
Is a Third Intifada On the Way? 6.48 min, on TRNN, by Shir Hever, February 27, 2013;
Economy of the Occupation (Bulletin), on en.wikipedia;
Jnews: Shir Hever is an Israeli economist and commentator who researches the economic aspects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories;
Wikileaks: The economic reasons behind the siege on Gaza, on Jnews Blog, by Shir Hever, Feb 10, 2011;
Israel’s Prisoner X, 7.54 min, on TRNN, by Shir Hever, February 17, 2013;
Refusal to serve in the Israeli military, on en.wikipedia (about sarvanim resp. refuseniks);
Aftershock: Israel’s ordinary soldiers, on Jnews Blog, by Jacqueline Rose, 12 May, 2010.