Saturday, July 16, 2005

Israeli aid $s not "the Jewish national fund"

Let's see if we can nip in the bud the next Israel hating, world community, verbal assault on the US, shall we?

As the US prepares a $2.25 billion development aid package for Israel, the largest to date, it is likely we'll hear protests and accusations in it's wake. However, only 1/3 of the monies will be used for redeployment of troops outside of the Gaza Strip. Instead, 2/3rds of the cash is slated to help the Bedouin and Druze by developing the Galilee and Negev.

Better keep this little tidbit of reality in your back pocket for when the cries of "foul" appear on the media front and your liberal friends' lips.

The U.S. government is demanding that Israel uses the financial aid package it is set to receive from the United States to help the Bedouin in the south of the country and the Druze in the north. Senior Israeli officials involved in the aid talks said Israel has agreed to the demand.

The aid package is to go toward developing the Galilee and the Negev.

"America is not the Jewish Agency nor the Jewish National Fund, and considers it important that the aid serves all sectors of the Israeli population," one of the officials said.

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