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house Bill H. Res. 729

Should the U.S. Continue to Strengthen Israel’s Military?

Argument in favor

Israel is an important ally of the U.S. and this bill ensures that they continue to receive the military assistance they need.

Megan's Opinion
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09/10/2016
Some of you really need to take a class on the history of the Middle East. Many of the countries surrounding Israel have it IN THEIR CONSTITUTIONS to destroy Israel if given the opportunity. Hamas has even vowed genocide to eradicate the Jews if given the chance. Bottom line: Israel has every right to defend itself and needs to do so. If you look closer at disputed territory, you find that Gaza is a cesspool of terrorists such as Hamas, Golan Heights, as a plateau, is a necessary strategic advantage to defend Northern Israel from Eastern invasion, and the West Bank is a huge, mountainous region that could overtake the small coastal region in Israel Proper if given the chance. Gaza, by the way, is not currently occupied. It is blockaded due to Hamas activity in the area and if the blockade is removed, Israel will face many terrorist attacks. Furthermore, none of the Palestinians, even in Gaza, are starving because the Israelis send them supplies. The current situation is much different than many people perceive it to be. There are attacks coming from both sides, and the Israelis hit civilians because a) Hamas hides among its people and b) Gaza is overpopulated. Remember, you should be educated in a subject before you form a solid opinion on it.
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Joel's Opinion
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08/07/2016
It is a two way street. We support Israel financially and in various other ways. Israel supports our military strategies, medical and science advances, etc. we must continue to keep a solid foundation with our greatest ally and the only true democracy in the Middle East.
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09/10/2016
Israel’s enemies are America’s enemies. Israel fights the same Islamo-fascist terrorism that brought down our World Trade Center, blew up a large chunk of the Pentagon, killed more than 3,000 innocent American civilians, and cost our economy as yet unascertained billions of dollars. Israeli-American strategic cooperation is not a given, it is not automatic, it is not a knee-jerk reaction to shared values, and it is not a panacea; but without it the world would be a much more dangerous place. Israel helps keep America safe.
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Argument opposed

Israel continually violates human rights; the U.S. shouldn’t support these practices by strengthening Israel’s military.

Hunter's Opinion
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09/10/2016
This is a debate I was working on, I apologize for the format but this entire thing is my stance. I. Intro The USFG is in a significant amount of debt, $19.5 trillion at the time this was posted. [1] Though whiteflame may argue that in such massive debt the amount of funding given to Israel is insignificant, but that is not the case. We should cut all unnecessary spending in attempt to remedy as much of our debt as possible, so if I can prove that the support given to Israel is unneccesary, I will win this debate. II. Israel Doesn't Need Aid A. Financial Standpoint Israel's economy has developed. It isn't the 1940s anymore. They would easily be able to replace the funding provided by the USFG with a 1% tax hike [2] a small increase to nationalize their defense. This would benefit Israel significantly, as they would use these funds more efficiently "as a general principle, people and institutions make better choices when they have to internalize costs. If the US ends aid to Israel, the Israelis may make better choices about their national defense and foreign policy" -Steven Strauss, visiting professor at Princeton University [2] Therefore the internalization of cost would benefit not only the United States but also the Israelis. This sentiment is also not uniquely American. Israelis are also sharing in the belief that Americans should not be helping pay for their defense, [3] considering they are in a place of economic prosperity rather than the struggling, newborn nation they were when we began our friendship. B. Defense Standpoint We have all heard rhetoric regarding Israel as a state surrounded by enemies and therefore needs to have a strong military to protect itself. However, by providing Israel with funding and in turn seemingly unconditional support despite their faults, we are enabling them. The longer the Israel-Palestine conflict continues, the less likely a two-state scenario becomes [4] and the more vilified Israel becomes in the eyes of its "enemies." So in effect, we are allowing Israel to hurt their own self interest on our tax dollars. Additionally, Israel already has a military 3x as powerful as Lebanon and Syria combined, and is also more powerful than Iran. [5] Its border states also have their own problems to take care of, so for the time being, Israel is at a lower threat threshold than they have been in the past. Israel's only doing itself more damage by using our funds in the Palestinian conflict. III. American Interests In addition to harming Israeli national interests, this funding is also counterproductive to our own interests as Americans. The United States is aligned tentatively with multiple Arab nations, and our consistent, unwavering support of Israel clearly demonstrates the hierarchy of US alliance, and the Arab nations aren't happy that Israel is the favorite child. America has completely lost credibility as a neutral power in the Israel-Palestine conflict [4] and the Arab nations are coming to resent that. If we were truly wishing to maintain national interests, we would have jettisoned our Israel fund long ago. IV. Human Rights Violations Despite the atrocious record of killing civilians (nearly 75% of those killed in the 2014 Gaza conflict were civilians [6]) and a horrendous human rights record, we are still funding Israel's military conquests. Killing civilians in the name of a Jewish state and maintaining an ally is more than the United States should be doing. Termination of funding will create two possibilities. It could force Israel's eyes inward, focus it on reform, and in turn make them less aggressive and more compliant to human rights law, or it could act as a catalyst, creating an enraged Israel on a war path. [7] This possibility, however, would quickly be placated by the international community, and as long as America did not move to block UN action, Israel would quickly be reigned back in. There is no need to continue unconditional funding, as we have put conditions on aid in the past, [7] and could easily do so once again. Even if you still think we should fund Israel militarily, at a bare minimum a condition should be put on the funding that no more will be accessible until the Israel-Palestine conflict is ended. V. Conclusion Israel does not need our money, funding is working against both Israeli and American interests, and Israel is committing crimes against humanity thanks to us, the American taxpayers. There is no reason this funding should be allocated to such a regime, especially when, if still dedicated to foreign aid, these funds could be allocated to humanitarian aid in nations that truly need it. Thank you. VI. Sources [1] http://www.usdebtclock.org... [2] http://www.huffingtonpost.com... [3] http://www.thenewamerican.com... [4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com... [5] http://www.cato.org... [6] https://www.theguardian.com... [7] http://www.nytimes.com...
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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09/10/2016
Foreign aid to any country inherently involves the theft of money from citizens of this country. We should not be sending any money to any country. It's welfare on an international level and breeds dependence. This holds true for Israel as well. I wish them all the best, I really do, and individuals are more than welcome to continue sending their own funds voluntarily, but foreign aid is morally wrong, for the reasons I outlined above.
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Constitutionman's Opinion
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09/10/2016
While it is sometimes necessary to give military aid to allies in dire need, Israel is more than able to provide for itself in the defense sector. The United States could use this money to help solve one of the plethora of domestic issues facing us at home today.
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    Some of you really need to take a class on the history of the Middle East. Many of the countries surrounding Israel have it IN THEIR CONSTITUTIONS to destroy Israel if given the opportunity. Hamas has even vowed genocide to eradicate the Jews if given the chance. Bottom line: Israel has every right to defend itself and needs to do so. If you look closer at disputed territory, you find that Gaza is a cesspool of terrorists such as Hamas, Golan Heights, as a plateau, is a necessary strategic advantage to defend Northern Israel from Eastern invasion, and the West Bank is a huge, mountainous region that could overtake the small coastal region in Israel Proper if given the chance. Gaza, by the way, is not currently occupied. It is blockaded due to Hamas activity in the area and if the blockade is removed, Israel will face many terrorist attacks. Furthermore, none of the Palestinians, even in Gaza, are starving because the Israelis send them supplies. The current situation is much different than many people perceive it to be. There are attacks coming from both sides, and the Israelis hit civilians because a) Hamas hides among its people and b) Gaza is overpopulated. Remember, you should be educated in a subject before you form a solid opinion on it.
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    This is a debate I was working on, I apologize for the format but this entire thing is my stance. I. Intro The USFG is in a significant amount of debt, $19.5 trillion at the time this was posted. [1] Though whiteflame may argue that in such massive debt the amount of funding given to Israel is insignificant, but that is not the case. We should cut all unnecessary spending in attempt to remedy as much of our debt as possible, so if I can prove that the support given to Israel is unneccesary, I will win this debate. II. Israel Doesn't Need Aid A. Financial Standpoint Israel's economy has developed. It isn't the 1940s anymore. They would easily be able to replace the funding provided by the USFG with a 1% tax hike [2] a small increase to nationalize their defense. This would benefit Israel significantly, as they would use these funds more efficiently "as a general principle, people and institutions make better choices when they have to internalize costs. If the US ends aid to Israel, the Israelis may make better choices about their national defense and foreign policy" -Steven Strauss, visiting professor at Princeton University [2] Therefore the internalization of cost would benefit not only the United States but also the Israelis. This sentiment is also not uniquely American. Israelis are also sharing in the belief that Americans should not be helping pay for their defense, [3] considering they are in a place of economic prosperity rather than the struggling, newborn nation they were when we began our friendship. B. Defense Standpoint We have all heard rhetoric regarding Israel as a state surrounded by enemies and therefore needs to have a strong military to protect itself. However, by providing Israel with funding and in turn seemingly unconditional support despite their faults, we are enabling them. The longer the Israel-Palestine conflict continues, the less likely a two-state scenario becomes [4] and the more vilified Israel becomes in the eyes of its "enemies." So in effect, we are allowing Israel to hurt their own self interest on our tax dollars. Additionally, Israel already has a military 3x as powerful as Lebanon and Syria combined, and is also more powerful than Iran. [5] Its border states also have their own problems to take care of, so for the time being, Israel is at a lower threat threshold than they have been in the past. Israel's only doing itself more damage by using our funds in the Palestinian conflict. III. American Interests In addition to harming Israeli national interests, this funding is also counterproductive to our own interests as Americans. The United States is aligned tentatively with multiple Arab nations, and our consistent, unwavering support of Israel clearly demonstrates the hierarchy of US alliance, and the Arab nations aren't happy that Israel is the favorite child. America has completely lost credibility as a neutral power in the Israel-Palestine conflict [4] and the Arab nations are coming to resent that. If we were truly wishing to maintain national interests, we would have jettisoned our Israel fund long ago. IV. Human Rights Violations Despite the atrocious record of killing civilians (nearly 75% of those killed in the 2014 Gaza conflict were civilians [6]) and a horrendous human rights record, we are still funding Israel's military conquests. Killing civilians in the name of a Jewish state and maintaining an ally is more than the United States should be doing. Termination of funding will create two possibilities. It could force Israel's eyes inward, focus it on reform, and in turn make them less aggressive and more compliant to human rights law, or it could act as a catalyst, creating an enraged Israel on a war path. [7] This possibility, however, would quickly be placated by the international community, and as long as America did not move to block UN action, Israel would quickly be reigned back in. There is no need to continue unconditional funding, as we have put conditions on aid in the past, [7] and could easily do so once again. Even if you still think we should fund Israel militarily, at a bare minimum a condition should be put on the funding that no more will be accessible until the Israel-Palestine conflict is ended. V. Conclusion Israel does not need our money, funding is working against both Israeli and American interests, and Israel is committing crimes against humanity thanks to us, the American taxpayers. There is no reason this funding should be allocated to such a regime, especially when, if still dedicated to foreign aid, these funds could be allocated to humanitarian aid in nations that truly need it. Thank you. VI. Sources [1] http://www.usdebtclock.org... [2] http://www.huffingtonpost.com... [3] http://www.thenewamerican.com... [4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com... [5] http://www.cato.org... [6] https://www.theguardian.com... [7] http://www.nytimes.com...
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    Foreign aid to any country inherently involves the theft of money from citizens of this country. We should not be sending any money to any country. It's welfare on an international level and breeds dependence. This holds true for Israel as well. I wish them all the best, I really do, and individuals are more than welcome to continue sending their own funds voluntarily, but foreign aid is morally wrong, for the reasons I outlined above.
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    While it is sometimes necessary to give military aid to allies in dire need, Israel is more than able to provide for itself in the defense sector. The United States could use this money to help solve one of the plethora of domestic issues facing us at home today.
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    It is a two way street. We support Israel financially and in various other ways. Israel supports our military strategies, medical and science advances, etc. we must continue to keep a solid foundation with our greatest ally and the only true democracy in the Middle East.
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    Israel’s enemies are America’s enemies. Israel fights the same Islamo-fascist terrorism that brought down our World Trade Center, blew up a large chunk of the Pentagon, killed more than 3,000 innocent American civilians, and cost our economy as yet unascertained billions of dollars. Israeli-American strategic cooperation is not a given, it is not automatic, it is not a knee-jerk reaction to shared values, and it is not a panacea; but without it the world would be a much more dangerous place. Israel helps keep America safe.
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    We give them millions of dollars a day. Our support for them is one of the few reasons why Islamic, extremist groups target us. I think they do more harm than good with the funds we send them. What do we get in return? Their allegiance? Why do we need it again?
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    Israel is one of the greatest supporters of human rights, not just in the Middle East, but even across the globe.
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    Boycott, divest, and sanction. The Occupation is an act of genocide.
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    Israel has been a steadfast ally in a troubled region. To withdraw support in a misguided attempt at pandering to populations that are fundamentally at odds with American values wouldn't just be dishonorable, it would be dangerous
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    Not just no: HELL NO! Israel has better healthcare & better education than we do here in the U.S. because we pay for their defense & every other freaking thing they need or want. JUST STOP IT! If they sink, let them sink! Privatize foreign aid to Israel! There a tons of rich Americans who would be happy to keep them afloat! Spend some of our tax dollars on American citizens!!!!
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    ABSOLUTELY, we have screwed Israel around enough with the insults to them by Obama. They are a great country that has always stood by America.
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    We should at least help them get to the point to where they can defend themselves from the countries around them. They are our only real ally in the Middle East.
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    Israel has a Republican constitution, a capitalist economy, and a free market. They are among the most technologically advanced nations due to their best in class technology incubators. Many of our top corporations have labs in Israel where their new technology comes from. Many high tech companies are created in Israel and bought up by US companies. This is the type of nation we need to support!
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    If we really respected Israel as a sovereign nation, then we should stop handing it billions of dollars every year as though it is our baby colony. Right now, Israel is planning to build hundreds of illegal housing settlements on Palestinian land, which technically violates international law. If anything, we should not give Israel any money until it agrees to a two-state solution with Palestine so that war between the two nations can finally end.
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    Not until they fix certain human rights violations. Then we should help them.
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    Best, strongest ally in the world.
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    Without question. They are our only ally in the Middle East. If we don't stand with Israel they will eventually be crushed by the Islamic crap holes that surround them, the Middle East will fall, then Europe, then the rest of us. Wake up. It's time for another crusade.
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    Their military is just killing and arresting Palestinians for no reason.
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    Isreal is and has always been a great allie of the United States of America and we need to support them in any way we can!
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