U.S. military aid Israel impact relations with other
is a retired
Brigadier General, and a graduate of the U.S. Army's
Command and General Staff College, and the National
Security Course, National Defense University, Washington
DC. He served nearly 3 years of Army active duty in and
around the Middle East from 1967-1969.
General David was assigned to the Republic of Vietnam as
a company commander with the 101st Airborne Division
from 1969-1970. After his tour in Vietnam General David
commanded a Chaparral-Vulcan Air Defense Artillery
battery and received one of Europe's highest awards for
missile battery proficiency when his missile battery
scored a perfect score in its annual service practice on
the Island of Crete. After his active duty tours,
General David commanded the 429th, and the 434th
Chemical Detachments in Chamblee, Georgia, United States
Army Reserves. The 434th Chemical Detachment received
unit honors when it was later mobilized and served in
the first Gulf war. His decorations include the National
Defense Service Medal, Army Service Medal with Overseas
Ribbon and bar, the Vietnam Service Medal, Army
Commendation Medal, with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the
Bronze Star Medal
I got home, turned on my TV, and watched this latest
news on Russia and Ukraine and Crimea. And the first thing I
hear is from Secretary of State John Kerry saying,
ďUkraine people only want their freedom.Ē Secretary of
State, what about Palestinian people, donít they want
their freedom too? Then President Obama says and accuses
Vladimir Putin, ďYouíre violating international law and
UN resolutions.Ē Well, hell, how many UN resolutions
have Israel violated?
And then our
Congress, like all the time, drop to their knees or run,
have an emergency session, and has a non-binding
resolution backing, of course, Ukraine. Look at the
other side. Our Congress canít wait to meet to condemn
the Palestinians and show their support of Israel even
though the Israelis go in there and they dropped 13
shells on top of Qana on April 18, 1996, killed 103
innocent men, women, and children. These were UN
refugees that tried to take cover in a camp when Israel
invaded them on Operation Grapes of Wrath. This was back
in April of 1996. This was after the Israelis invaded
Lebanon in 1982. Nearly 20,000 Lebanese were killed. How
come the United States doesnít condemn that resolution?
As a matter of fact, whenever Israel invades one of its
neighbors or kills innocent civilians, the United States
is prompt to veto any United Nations resolution that
criticizes Israel. The United States could not even
bring itself to condemn the Qana Lebanese refugee camp
So let me
talk more about how our U.S. aid affects our relations
with our allies. When you look at the enormous amount of
U.S. weapons that we provide Israel each and every year
and see the kind of results that itís achieving, youíve
got to ask yourself, what good is it? Weíre giving so
much weapons that she keeps invading her neighbors,
keeps the Palestinians in Gaza locked up in a prison
pen. Hell, they canít even move. These college students
in Gaza who earned the Fulbright Scholarship, they
worked their butts off to get it. They had more
obstacles than any college students, and the Israelis
wonít even let them go to the United States to earn
their college degrees.
So you ask
yourself, what do you think our allies think of this?
What do you think that they would think? Of course,
weíve got terrible relations, but a lot of our allies
kind of put it to the side because they know that they
need U.S. security in case a country attacks them.
all we hear from Benjamin Netanyahu is how the Arabs
want to wipe Israel off the map. Have you seen this war
that Israel had with Gaza, these last two wars in
November of 2008 and just four years later? They
devastated Gaza. They killed 1,400 Palestinians.
One-third of those were women and children. They
destroyed bridges. They destroyed power plants. They
destroyed schools. They destroyed mosques. And what did
Congress do? They had a session to back Israel.
gentlemen, Israel is using our weapons against the
Geneva Convention. We have our own rules that state Ė-
itís our Arms Export Control Act. It says that Israel
can only use these weapons for defensive purposes or for
internal security. When you drop a one-ton bomb on an
apartment complex in the center of Gaza City, it killed
19 Palestinians with that one bomb, you call that
defensive? You call that for their internal security?
How many Israelis were killed during that Gaza war?
Thirteen. Out of those thirteen, four of those soldiers
were killed by friendly fire. So weíre looking at 1,400
Palestinians killed and nine Israelis. Thatís like
150:1. Is this disproportionate or what? Yet the United
States doesnít even have the courage to condemn Israel
for this. Is there any wonder that this violence continues?
gentlemen, Iíve been working with the Middle East
situation for over 40 years. Has this massive military
aid helped to bring peace in the Middle East? Iíve been
keeping up with the Israeli-Palestinian issues even
during my military years. But I really got involved
after I retired. Iíve seen what war is like. I was a
company commander with the 101st Airborne Division in
Vietnam. Iíve seen many of my dead soldiers. War should
be the last thing. We want peace, not war.
For some 40
years now, Iíve seen very little changes. As a matter of
fact, things have gotten much worse: the expansion of
existing settlements; the construction of new
settlements; the construction of the apartheid wall,
this apartheid wall going through Palestinian neighbors.
They canít even visit their own family members. You
canít call this a separation wall or a separation fence
like the Israelis like to do. Itís an apartheid wall.
Former President Jimmy Carter got it right when he said,
ďPalestine: peace not apartheid.Ē
confiscation of land. Weíve got the demolition of homes.
Itís something I can never understand. Since 1967, the
Israelis have demolished over 27,000 Palestinian homes
and structures. Can you imagine if say, Iran Ė by the
way has the second largest number of Jews other than, of
course, Israel Ė but can you imagine if Iran demolished
just one Jewish home? What would the United States do?
Weíd have the Sixth Fleet there in a second.
Twenty-seven thousand homes. Thatís disgraceful.
what else is humiliating? Youíve got to consider how our
allies consider our U.S. double standard when it comes
to Israel. Thereís a double standard there. When they
have peaceful demonstrations in the West Bank, not Gaza
though, in the West Bank, peaceful demonstrations
against the apartheid wall, you know what the Israelis
do? They send their water truck, U.S.-supplied water
truck with these water cannons and they go spray the
Palestinian homes, not with water but with sewage. Well,
they call it skunk. Take a look at it. Google that.
Israel sprays Palestinian homes with skunk. Itís as bad
smelling as sewage and the folks have to leave their
homes immediately. And itís a health hazard. How do you
think our allies consider that seeing their Arabs or
Muslims treated this way? Itís humiliating. No wonder we
donít have any respect.
When I was
first stationed in the military overseas back in 1965, we had
respect. America was considered above and beyond. After
1967 and I was still stationed in the Middle East, in
1967 when the Israelis - now listen to me - when the
Israelis attacked the Arabs to start the 1967 War, okay.
It wasnít the other way around. Yes, theyíll probably
tell you that the Arabs were about to attack them so
this was a preemptive attack. Folks, thatís another
deception. Take a look at Moshe Dayan or Rabin Yitzhak.
They even stated are you kidding me? Weíre not that
crazy. We knew that the Arabs werenít going to attack
us. They were not even ready to attack us. But you see
this systematic psychological conditioning has everybody
believing that. And itís time it stops. Iím so glad to
see a group of us like this to begin some type of an
effort, some type of an organization to fight the other
side and get the truth out.
with the U.S.ís close alliance with Israel is that our
Arab allies have to accept this massive military aid
that we give to Israel. By the way, we donít just give
Israel that 3.2 billion each year, we have to sign a
contract for 10 years. We have to sign a contract for 10
years that weíre going to give them so much money. I
thought there were two sides to a contract. We give them
military equipment, and so what do we get? Hell, I donít
know. All I know is that Netanyahu thumbs his nose at us
when we ask them to stop building these damn settlements
that is the biggest obstacle to peace. He says, ďTo hell
with you, President. Weíre going to even build it more.Ē
Do you call that cooperation? Do you call that a real
ally? Get tough with Israel, Mr. President. Thatís the
only way weíre going to bring peace to the Middle East.
other thing Iím very happy to see going on right now.
That is BDS Ė Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions. Iím
glad to see our younger people are knowing this. Thank
God for the Internet. Maybe before we would have never
been able to do and inform the public as we do today.
Theyíre catching on. Theyíre seeing whatís really
happening. I go to Haaretz to get my information. I
canít go to get our information from our local media.
up the good work. Thank you for coming today. And God
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