Israel may ask U.S. for $20 billion more in security aid, Barak says

Discussion in 'Politics' started by sameeh55, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Defense Minister tells Wall Street Journal that Israel must be on guard considering the unrest sweeping the Arab world, adding increased aid could help make Israel a 'stabilizer in such a turbulent region'.

    By Haaretz Service and News Agencies

    Israel may request an addition $20 billion in military aid from the United States in light of the unrest sweeping the Arab world, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Monday.

    Barak deemed the changes in the region a "movement in the right direction", and said that in the long run, Israel should not fear the "movement of Arab societies toward modernity."

    But in the more immediate future, he told the WSJ, Israel would have to contend with the fact that Iran and Syria "might be the last to feel the heat" and join the trend of unrest.

    In addition, Barak said, Egypt's new leaders may adhere to the country's 32-year peace treaty "for the time being," but could eventually succumb to popular pressure against it.

    He also told the WSJ that a top Egyptian official recently warned him that the new government in Cairo was likely to change its attitude toward Israel unless the latter made serious efforts for peace with the Palestinians.

    "He told me, 'We're going to have a really open election....Civic parties will hire advisers from the U.S. and Europe and find immediately that what can bring them voters is hostility to America and Israel," Barak said in the interview.

    While Israel did not face an immediate threat to its security, Barak told the WSJ, "The issue of qualitative military aid for Israel becomes more essential for us, and I believe also more essential for you [the U.S.].

    "It might be wise to invest another $20 billion to upgrade the security of Israel for the next generation or so," he said, adding: "A strong, responsible Israel can become a stabilizer in such a turbulent region."

    Barak also told the WSJ that Israel was likely to offer Palestinians a state within temporary, detailing for the first time an emerging Israeli plan for breaking the deadlocked peace negotiations.

    Though the Palestinians repeatedly have rejected provisional statehood, Ehud
    Barak told The Wall Street Journal that Israel or the United States would have to give assurances that a full-fledged agreement on permanent statehood would follow.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to offer the Palestinians a state with temporary borders, he said. Only afterward, would the two sides would resolve key issues of the conflict, such as competing claims to Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees, Barak added.

    No details of the plan were given.

    With the popular protests shaking up the Mideast, Netanyahu is under fierce international pressure to prove he is serious about getting peacemaking moving again, especially after the U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's West Bank settlement construction last month.

    In the past week, Israeli officials have said Netanyahu was considering a phased approach. Although that was widely interpreted to mean a temporary state, they would not say so explicitly. Barak was the first to publicly spell that out.

    Government spokesman Mark Regev said Barak's remark can stand on its own.

    The prime minister is said to be planning a speech - possibly to be delivered in Washington - in which he will outline his plans.

    It is not clear that the U.S. would support the idea of an interim accord, given the Palestinians' categorical rejection of the notion.,2.216,2.217,
  2. heeeeeeeeeeey! That is not fair! How come Optional always gets more people giving him negative ranking. Come out come out you filthy rightwing and zionist trash, show me what you got!
  3. Israel should use the money it receives from USA to attack and flatten with tanks all muslim terrorist scum in Gaza.

    It should also use white phosphorous like it did last time. There is nothing illegal about it. The USA will continue to support us at the UN. White phosphorous only kills terrorists who come out to commit terror against Israeli helicopters. Non-terrorist palis will stay inside.

    In the meanwhile, we need to kill the terrorist Gaddafi, who hates Israel.

    Killing Saddam was good too. He was an antisemite. I am glad USA obeyed Israel and flattened Iraq.

    Pakistan and Iran hates Israel too, so USA must be prepared to use nukes against terrorists there.
  4. You know they'll just turn around and use American taxpayer money to build more settlements for their wall bobber religious fanatics. They haven't built yet where Abraham left his last pair of sandals.
  5. You mean those?

    The new Israeli barrier: a fence that splits Jewish nursery in two

    Ultra-orthodox parents win battle to stop their children mixing with secular pupils and 'immodest' teachers

    The Jerusalem city authority has erected a fence in a nursery school playground to separate ultra-orthodox Jewish children from a secular Jewish kindergarten that shares the same building and garden.

    The wire fence is to be covered with sheeting to block visibility from one part of the playground to the other.

    The nursery schools are in the Kiryat Yovel neighbourhood of Jerusalem, an area that has seen a growing ultra-orthodox population in recent years, to the dismay of many local secular Jews.


    Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah :D
  6. It is Israeli land. We will cover our land with settlements. Palestinian terrorists who stand in our way will be hunted down and their family home will be flattened.
  7. One Familly? :D

    You can't be a zionist :D. Either way...Thank you??
  8. Ricter


    You absolutely suck at trolling, I don't think anyone here is taking your stuff seriously. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying trolling sucks, I'm saying you're no good at it.
  9. Khahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Could it be Candle Trader playing the two sides by switching from one side to the other?
  10. Muslim terrorism will be wiped out with nukes.

    Muslim terrorists are pure evil.

    God bless Palin and Dubya. If Obama wants to prove himself to be a true American, he must bow before Israel.
    #10     Mar 8, 2011