Senator: $38 Billion Israel Aid Deal Not Enough

Senator: $38 Billion Israel Aid Deal Not Enough | Says even more money to Israel ‘a signal’ to Iran

In the 48 hours leading up to Israel and the US agreeing on a record $38 billion military aid deal, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) began to push hard against it, suggesting Congress could give Israel and even bigger aid package, and telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Obama could “go F himself” if he didn’t like the larger aid.

Israel, ultimately, accepted the Obama deal, and also promised not to seek additional funds from Congress. That doesn’t mean Graham has given up, however, and he’s insisted Congress isn’t bound by this new deal, and free to give Israel all the extra billions they feel like.

Sen. Graham now says he intends to introduce a $1.5 billion additional aid deal for Israel just for this year, suggesting that Congress would be free to keep throwing similar “emergency supplementals” at Israel every year if they want to, and saying he believes there’s a lot of support for it.

Graham also said give Israel more money would be a great way to “send a signal to the ayatollahs” in Iran, and that whenever the Iranian government does something the US doesn’t like they should expect more money to be sent to Israel.

It remains to be seen how much support there is in Congress for this new bill, despite Graham’s confidence, and many of the usual lobbyists for such aid may fear that its passing so soon after the Obama deal would hurt Israel’s credibility, after promising not to lobby for such funds.

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  • disqus_feN63FpcdG

    Graham should move to Israel

    • Joji Cherian

      He need not move.He is in Israel.In Israel’s colony.In what was USA some time back

  • Will

    A new term….. A “TAX AND GIVE-IT-AWAY” Conservative.

    • Joji Cherian

      No.Borrow and give it away.The debt is 20 trillion

  • rybo1

    How about more bucks for Louisiana relief, Mr. Graham?

    • curmudgeonvt

      How about some of those Billions to help fix our own country maybe. Perhaps even some to fix the VA system for all those “heroes” we’re generating that were promised (every 2/4/6 years) to be taken care of by those same politicians.

  • tadzio308

    Israel spends a lower percentage of its GNP on defense every year. It is at an all time low. The mandatory time spent on active military duty has been reduced. Additional aid is unneeded as is any aid whatsoever. Foreign aid has always been unpopular. What does the Lobby have on you Senator? Are you being blackmailed?

    • Chirvan Edross

      They are all blackmailed. Has Lindsey come out of the closet yet?

      • curmudgeonvt

        The door isn’t wide enough…

      • Joe

        President Jimmy Carter’s response to the Snowden leaks and the NSA revelations was to comment that “America no longer has a functioning democracy.”

        Think of the power of J. Edgar’s secret blackmail files ….. then scale up several orders of magnitude due to modern high-tech surveillance and computing power.

        When I hear that the NSA is ‘lobbying’ Congress, I imagine that this usually includes a review of the Congresspersons personal ‘sext’ pics and a list of current and past sexual partners.

    • O rly

      its weird if you want to live in US government housing you have two choices, move to the shttiest slums in your city.

      or move to israel and get a lovely house with a large lawn, as well as a monthly stipend

      • disqus_feN63FpcdG

        And all the water you want, and maybe a pool

  • Sertorius

    I don’t no why Lindsey is being a cheapskate or worse, an “antisemite” with this? He should demand a whole two billion dollar increase.

  • O rly

    there is a simple solution, and that it to treat americans like palestinians and let israel collect our taxes and then they can distribute how ever much they think we diverse while keeping the rest for themselves.

    the best part of it all, we wont need a congress anymore so we wont have to listen to these asskissing traitors anymore.

    • Mick Fisher

      I think you just described the current situation….
      Israel does come first and Americans get the left overs, Congress hasn’t been effective in many years now….
      The constitution is but a memory.
      I think it’s time the US Military realizes who they are really fighting for, then do the right thing and take their country back from these corporate/satanic criminal banking demons.

  • The OGS

    Yeah, thirty-eight thousand million dollars – it’s nowhere near enough.
    Is it?
    So… did a million American taxpayers contribute $38,000 each?
    Or did 38,000 taxpayers each throw in a million?
    America’s support of the bloodsucking Israelis is completely disgusting!
    But Graham claims that Israel should get more?
    MORE?

    • jeff_davis

      They will never get enough.

  • Mark

    Senator Graham is sending a signal to the citizens of America, whenever he wants more money he sends it to Israel and a fraction of it is given back to him via AIPAC.

  • TellTheTruth-2

    Sen. Lindsey Graham is a disgrace to the USA.

    • Joji Cherian

      Why only Lindsey Graham? The whole Congress is disgrace.
      On anther thought.where is USA? It is gone. It no longer exists as USA of the old.Now it is a colony,a slave yard, of Israel.The entity what you call USA now is only a caricature of old USA.Merely a geographical mass.No longer a nation

      • TellTheTruth-2

        We can agree on that.

  • wars r u.s.

    So we should send more money to Israel every time Iran does something that we don’t like? And this guy is a senator in THIS country? And he doesn’t even have to worry how god awful that sounds.