Officials at all government agencies are trying to play up the “serious” impact that the partial federal government shutdown is having, and while the vast majority of Americans are seeing literally no actual effects, the State Department is hoping to coax Congress back to the table by playing the Israel card.
According to the State Department’s spokeswoman Marie Harf today, the department hasn’t had to have any furloughs of employees but that it is “not just business as usual.”
Harf warned that if the shutdown was prolonged, the $3.1 billion in annual military gifts to Israel could be delayed a bit, falling out of the “time frame that is expected” by Israel’s government.
Harf went on to say that “there are programs certainly that are affected, and which all could be up and running again if Congress could get some business done.”
13 thoughts on “State Dept: Govt Shutdown Threatens Military Aid to Israel”
Oh dear, poor poor Israel. Their "military gifts" might get delayed? Oh sackcloth and ashes and weeping bitter tears.
Quit giving the murderous freaks military gifts and/or otherwise.
Benyamin's forehead is more spudlike with the announcement. Look out ! he might start shooting tater tots from between his greedy beady eyes. Duck and cover !
It'd be infinitely better if his head were simply to explode from the stress of kvetching.
Oh goody, the silver lining to the cloud of the government shutdown – Israel might not get it's allowance from Uncle Sam. Tut tut, Perhaps Cousin Saudi will make up the difference.
It is against international Law for these assassinations. Hold Israel accountable for once.
That's the first really good news to come out of the shutdown!
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Good to know. Keep it down until both are gone for good.
All that can happen in the US and State are worried about military aid to Israel? I am seriously wondering, isn't that a form of treason? What the hell are State's priorities?
Isn't it strange how they always get a pass? Are they using blackmail? What do they have on us?
Let's look on the bright side.
Israel might bomb the Capitol building if they don't get their money.
Or perhaps they'll seek out a modern day First Lieutenant Milo Minderbinder to do it for them in part payment of the $3.1 billion.
I'm sure the Senate could arrange a non-binding bomb run.
If Israel bombed congress, they will get a standing (or probably running) ovations from the traitors there.
How did the aid to Israel get past the sequester without being cut?
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