Tuesday, August 16, 2011

With friends like these... Democrat Senator seeks cut off funding to IDF elite units, to appease Palestinian groups, UPDATED

UPDATE: Leahy spokes person denies targeting Israeli units, only states it might affect.

I do hope American Jews would start noticing who sits besides them in the Democratic party. Democrats have and had congress representatives who support HAMAS and CAIR, who oppose Israel on every issue, a president who humiliates Israel's PM, a VP who goes on a 'make enemies' trip to Israel, and then there's Patrick Leahy. A hypocrite to the 10th degree who supposedly is buying into Palestinian propaganda and seeks to eliminate US funds aiding IDF's elite units.

Facts? What facts? This guy simply decided to find new allies, those who support Hamas terrorists.

I have not dug too deep into Leahy's history, but this pattern of sympathy to Palestinians-Terrorists (see link above) surely can't be anything new. Ehud Barak's long-time friend?

U.S. Senator seeks to cut aid to elite IDF units operating in West Bank and Gaza

Senator Patrick Leahy claims Shayetet 13 unit, undercover Duvdevan unit, and the Israel Air Force Shaldag unit are involved in human rights violations in occupied territories.

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is promoting a bill to suspend U.S. assistance to three elite Israel Defense Forces units, alleging they are involved in human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Leahy, a Democrat and senior member of the U.S. Senate, wants assistance withheld from the Israel Navy's Shayetet 13 unit, the undercover Duvdevan unit and the Israel Air Force's Shaldag unit.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a long-time friend of Leahy's, met with him in Washington two weeks ago to try to persuade him to withdraw the initiative.

According to a senior Israeli official in Jerusalem, Leahy began promoting the legislation in recent months after he was approached by voters in his home state of Vermont.

A few months ago, a group of pro-Palestinian protesters staged a rally across from Leahy's office, demanding that he denounce the killing by Shayetet 13 commandos of nine Turkish activists who were part of the flotilla to Gaza last May.

Leahy, who heads the Senate Appropriations Committee's sub-committee on foreign operations, was the principle sponsor of a 1997 bill prohibiting the United States from providing military assistance or funding to foreign military units suspected of human rights abuses or war crimes. The law also stipulates that the U.S. Defense Department screen foreign officers and soldiers who come to the United States for training for this purpose.

Leahy wants the new clause to become a part of the U.S. foreign assistance legislation for 2012, placing restrictions on military assistance to Israel, particularly to those three units.

Leahy says these units are responsible for harming innocent Palestinian civilians and that no system of investigation is in place to ensure that their members are not committing human rights violations. According to Leahy's proposal, U.S. military assistance to Israel would be subject to the same restrictions that apply to countries such as Egypt, Pakistan and Jordan.

Hmmm... lefties don't care to notice that Israeli soldiers are constantly under legal review, and supposed 'innocent victims' have recourse and have taken advantage of it. Facts/Schmacts.

You know what a Democratic party under increasing suspicion of duplicity in its support for Israel's security needs? More anti-Israel agenda.

Israelis are grateful for the bi-partisan support they receive from the American public. Definitely, from American politicians as well. It has become apparent that things are changing here, and like I said, I do hope American Jewish Democrats would pay attention as well.

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