‘Congress ready to increase Israel defense funding’


US legislators set to more than make up for White House cuts to missile defense spending, Capitol Hill sources tell the ‘Post’; if Israel asks for more money, “without a doubt they would get it,” Congressional aid says.

Congress is set to significantly increase funding for Israeli missile defense to more than make up for White House cuts to the program, Capitol Hill sources told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday.

The 2013 budget proposal unveiled by US President Barack Obama Monday trims $6 million in defense spending from the Arrow and David’s Sling programs, which is separate from the record $3.1 billion in Israeli military assistance called for under the State Department budget.

The cut to the US-Israel cooperative programs has provoked criticism from some quarters.

“For an administration that tried to claim that it’s the best for Israel’s security, cutting critical funds for missile defense at a time when the threat from Iran has never been greater is extremely dangerous, worrisome and reckless,” said Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

But Democrats on Capitol Hill defended the reduced missile defense funding as part of the Obama administration’s effort to rein in overall spending by the Pentagon, whose budget would be slashed by $487 billion across 10 years under Obama’s plan.

“It has nothing to do with the Israeli missile defense program and everything to do with curbing the defense budget in every way possible,” said one aide to a Democratic member on the House defense appropriations subcommittee.

He said Congress would be increasing the missile defense aid once it reviews the budget and determines its own funding levels. The administration budget serves as a blueprint, but it is Congress’s version that is voted on and signed into law.

“Funding for US-Israel missile defense will continue to rise despite the budget request,” he said.

Though the administration’s request for missile defense monies has dropped somewhat in recent years – from $121.7m. in 2011 to $106.1m. in 2012 to 2013’s $99.8m. – during each of those cycles, Congress has consistently increased the final allocation.

The aide predicted the 2013 figure would be in the neighborhood of the record $235.6m. slated for 2012, meaning Congress would be adding at least $100 million to the current figure.

Traditionally, Israel has waited to see the president’s budget request before seeking additional funds on Capitol Hill. Another Congressional aide said that if the Israelis once again asks members for more missile defense funding, “without a doubt they would get it.”

A former Department of Defense official said Obama’s allocation should be seen as part of the larger process, in which all US missile defense spending was cut and even Pentagon staples like the aircraft program faced large reductions.

“Given the budgeting situation, this also indicates support [for Israel], though it’s not exactly the same support as last year,” he said.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta came before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday to defend the scope of the cuts, though he didn’t address missile defense directly.

“You cannot take half a trillion dollars out of the defense budget and not incur risks,” he acknowledged. “We believe they are acceptable risks.”

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, who testified alongside Panetta at the hearing, urged the Senate to drop consideration of an amendment that would cut off aid to Egypt and break the country’s military ties because of Cairo’s current detention of American NGO workers.

“My military judgment is that would be a mistake,” said Dempsey, who recently met with Egyptian military officials to convince them to release the American citizens.

“I spent about a day and a half in conversation with them, encouraging them in the strongest possible terms to resolve this so that our military-to-military relationship could continue,” Dempsey reported. “I am convinced that potentially they were underestimating the impact of this on our relationship. When I left there, there was no doubt that they understood the seriousness of it.”

Obama’s budget proposal maintains the 2012 funding levels for Egyptian aid, comprised of $1.3m. in military assistance and $250m. in economic assistance. In addition, a new $770m. fund for Arab Spring countries could also possibly include payments to Egypt.

The budget would also allocate $370m. in economic assistance and $70m. in law enforcement training to the Palestinian Authority, though the Fatah and Hamas just entered into a power-sharing plan. Hamas is a US-designated terrorist organization and American laws bar transferring money to such entities.

Texas Republican Rep. Kay Granger, chairwoman of the House foreign operations appropriations subcommittee, said Congress would follow the same limits on disbursements as laid out this past year when similar issues arose.

“In the FY 2012 appropriations bill we laid out common sense, bipartisan conditions that prepared for, and anticipated, the unknown,” she told the Post. “Whether it is the Palestinian Authority or Egypt, this Congress has been clear that there are limitations on how we spend our foreign aid.

“The President’s budget is a blueprint for what the administration wants out of the Congress. This is not what will be enacted into law.”

  1. #1 by irishwarlord on 02/15/2012 - 9:34

    Yet we cant find 50.00 more per month for our Vets,Elderly, and truly disabled through no fault of their own. Many disabled are disabled because of goverment regulations. we can find billions to defend a worthless non nation. Such as israhell. Who has brought on all their woes upon themselfs because of their actions. And billions for non working worthless Americans who have never worked and never will. Giving them more money more food and better housing each and every year. And nothing for those who have worked and paid their dues.

  2. #2 by Ingrid B on 02/16/2012 - 9:34

    yet more US tax dollars being thrown into the US/Israeli NWO abyss..

  3. #3 by Nonya on 02/16/2012 - 9:34

    Will this madness never end?
    I fail to understand why the people of this world are unable to see and understand what is happening.
    These evil evil people will never stop their aggression on the people of this planet until they are stopped.
    How can these evil fiat money controllers get away with what they do.
    How can a very few number of people do so much pure evil and get away with it?
    They will destroy the whole of mankind if they are not stopped.
    When will the rest of mankind stand up and say,” No More?”

  4. #4 by JOHNNY BARTEE on 02/16/2012 - 9:34

    Zionists protect each other. That’s how it is. They cannot be stopped.

  5. #5 by windy on 02/16/2012 - 9:34

    A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for common sense, rational government and an end to dirty little undeclared wars for oil and Israel.

    All of the others, obama included, will plunge us into yet another war, and you can bet none of their kids will come home in a body bag.

  6. #6 by David McElroy on 02/16/2012 - 9:34

    Israel already has the decisive military advantage over all the Muslim nations, which they proved by defeating them quickly in the 1967 war. A war in which they savagely attacked the US Navy ship USS Liberty, killing and injuring many. If Israel, as they say, is “God’s Chosen People”, why do they need anyone else helping them? I say leave Israel to itself, Rothschild, and its’ evil Talmud. Even Christ said they were “of the synagogue of Satan.” Let Isreal stand on its’ own legs and see how our God reigns!

  7. #7 by Poet on 02/16/2012 - 9:34

    We The People of this World have stood not united and mostly silent as this evolution of insanity has allowed the massing of US power, empire, wars for Big Oily, and massive weapons of mass suppression! We must RISE UP as ONE Voice, as the true majority, to ever hope to STOP this carnage. Yes, many of us will die for it, but what is our alternative? These who have chosen visions of Armageddon are the true believers in global capitalism for total control of all earthly resources. When will we all just stop shopping and take our human rights and governance seriously? When will we refuse to be controlled and tell them this system is dead? If not now, when? The lives of billions are in serious jeopardy. Peace

  8. #8 by Anthony Clifton on 02/16/2012 - 9:34

    Serving and worshipping mammon manifests in a zionazi centric crack house of whores for Talmudia. The synagogue of satan is talmudic judaism, the anti-thesis of Israel.

    Acts of self defense and self preservation cannot be defined as terrorism.


  9. #9 by David Crockett on 02/16/2012 - 9:34

    These “jews” are NOT the Israelites of the Bible. Look northwest of Palestine as in Europe for the true Israelites.

  10. #10 by Slave on 02/17/2012 - 9:34

    This can be changed through voting. It starts with people like Ron Paul not Newt Gingrich or Romney.

  11. #11 by some user on 02/17/2012 - 9:34

    A MUST SEE Documentary

    U.S. vs. John Lennon

    Just as timely, today – as the era it depicts

    “All we are saying – is GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!”

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