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Biden Ramming Through Israel Funding in “Unprecedented” Ways


Ralph Nader and Bruce Fein just wrote the piece “Do American Taxpayers Really Want to Fund Israel’s Genocide of the Palestinian People?” which begins: “Congress should hold public hearings to get an answer to this question.” They suggest a series of questions beginning with: “Why should American taxpayers pay for Israeli military spending incurred because of its stupendous intelligence failure and ongoing genocidal war?”

LILLIAN MAULDIN, also via Natascha Elena Uhlmann,
Mauldin is a founding board member of Women for Weapons Trade Transparency. She is a research fellow at the Center for International Policy.

She just co-wrote the piece “White House Requests ‘Unprecedented’ Loophole That Would Obscure Arms Sales to Israel” for In These Times magazine, which states: “Buried within the $106 billion supplemental national security funding request the White House sent to Congress on October 20 was a highly unusual exemption. As part of $3.5 billion earmarked for Foreign Military Financing (FMF) funding for Israel, the executive branch sought permission to unilaterally blanket-approve the future sale of military equipment and weapons — like ballistic missiles and artillery ammunition – to Israel without notifying Congress.

“This means the Israeli government would be able to purchase up to $3.5 billion in military articles and services in complete secrecy. The House included the waiver language in a bill that splits off Israeli military aid from the rest of the package.

“’I’ve never seen anything like it,’ says Josh Paul, former director of congressional and public affairs for the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Paul recently resigned in protest against the administration’s plans to rush weapons to Israel. ‘A proposal in a legislative request to Congress to waive Congressional notification entirely for FMF-funded Foreign Military Sales or Direct Commercial Contracts is unprecedented in my experience. … Frankly, [it’s] an insult to Congressional oversight prerogatives.’”

Uhlmann is with In These Times magazine and can coordinate interviews with Mauldin and other co-authors of the article.