Wednesday, February 23, 2011

'Israel, a US liability in the Middle East'

Former U.S. senator, Mike Gravel says Israel has become a liability for the United States in the Middle East.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV's U.S. Desk, Gravel referred to Washington's recent veto of a UN Security Council resolution, condemning Israel's continued settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

He said while the world was castigating Israel for its settlement activities, the U.S. was the only country to support Tel Aviv; bringing great embarrassment onto itself.

Gravel added that as Arab countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, and others reconstitute their governments, it would be interesting to see how Washington's liability will play out now.

There are more than 50 U.S.-based lobbying groups that support the Israeli policies in different ways.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) advocates pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the U.S.

Each year, AIPAC is involved in more than 100 legislative and policy initiatives involving Middle East policy or aimed at broadening and deepening the U.S.-Israel bond.

Total U.S. aid paid to Israel since 1948, according to the U.S. government is $82 Billion.

Total Israeli lobbies funds to Congressional candidates from 1978 until 2010 were $ 50,104,285.

Nearly 80% of Jews voted for Democratic candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential election because of his pro-Israeli statements. 

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