Kerry meets Israel's PM to push peace talks

kerry netanyahuU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his latest push for Mideast peace.

Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy, Kerry was meeting Netanyahu Friday morning in his ninth trip of the year to the region amid a rare snowstorm that blanketed Jerusalem.

Concerned that a final status agreement may not be possible by the May target the two sides accepted when they resumed talks in August, U.S. officials say Kerry is hoping for a framework accord that would contain the principles of a comprehensive pact, but not specific details. If an outline were achieved, the negotiations could be extended beyond the nine-month timeline originally set by Kerry.

Kerry met Thursday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He departs later Friday for Vietnam.

USA Today

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  • cook

    Kerry is like that guest at a dinner party who simply doesnt know when its time to leave

    • 5thDrawer

      Something like the ones hanging around empty ‘Cabinet’ halls in Lebanon? 😉

    • hezzies are terrorists

      But if he was talking/barking about giving you more aid then he could stay all night, right?

      • cook

        With Israel having a GDP of 242.9 billion USD? that 3 billion is nada

        • hezzies are terrorists

          “When grant, loans, interest and tax deductions are added
          together for the fiscal year ending in September 30, 1997, our special
          relationship with Israel cost U.S. taxpayers over $10 billion.”
          lol that was 1997.. one can only guess how much more it costs the ignorant yankee public in 2013.
          btw heraclitoris why accept this aid if you are so well off?

          • cook

            zzzzzzzzzz

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Why accept the aid if you are so well off???
            Don’t avoid the question.
            I know your hand is busy but it still had the time to type zzzzzzzz

          • cook

            See above posts if you want to know what Israel returns. Your madrasa hasnt taught you well

          • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

            With the amount we have to spend on military, to defend against all of the racists in the middle east who want to kill us, we would be a lot less well off if we didn’t accept it.

        • hezzies are terrorists

          1997

          “Since 1949 the U.S. has given Israel a total of $83.205
          billion. The interest costs borne by U.S. tax payers on behalf of Israel
          are $49.937 billion, thus making the total amount of aid given to Israel
          since 1949 $133.132 billion. This may mean that U.S. government has given
          more federal aid to the average Israeli citizen in a given year than it
          has given to the average American citizen.”

          • cook

            75% of military aid given to Israel is invested back on American companies, creating more jobs for Americans. 0% of aid given to muslim countries is invested back.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            lol invested in yank companies owned by jewish people..
            lmfao what happened to your “$3 billion” figure??
            hahahahaha
            maybe your hand was busy somewhere else, like up ur ass.

          • cook

            That aid is military, not free money that ends up in Swiss banks i.e. whats given to your pale$tinian terrorists.

            The palestinians get 25 times more aid per capita than what was spent on rebuilding Europe after the Second World War. Go whine about them.

          • 5thDrawer

            ‘US’ Jobs with low pay, no health care, no pensions, no ‘worker-rights’ charter … where some socialism equates to communism in the brain-washed minds, where it’s a grand ‘Right’ to work into debt and oblivion.

  • Heraclitus

    Kerry is like that guest at a dinner party who simply doesnt know when its time to leave

    • 5thDrawer

      Something like the ones hanging around empty ‘Cabinet’ halls in Lebanon? 😉

    • hezzies are terrorists

      But if he was talking/barking about giving you more aid then he could stay all night, right?

      • Heraclitus

        With Israel having a GDP of 242.9 billion USD? that 3 billion is nada

        • hezzies are terrorists

          “When grant, loans, interest and tax deductions are added
          together for the fiscal year ending in September 30, 1997, our special
          relationship with Israel cost U.S. taxpayers over $10 billion.”
          lol that was 1997.. one can only guess how much more it costs the ignorant yankee public in 2013.
          btw heraclitoris why accept this aid if you are so well off?

          • Heraclitus

            zzzzzzzzzz

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Why accept the aid if you are so well off???
            Don’t avoid the question.
            I know your hand is busy but it still had the time to type zzzzzzzz

          • Heraclitus

            See above posts if you want to know what Israel returns. Your madrasa hasnt taught you well

          • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

            With the amount we have to spend on military, to defend against all of the racists in the middle east who want to kill us, we would be a lot less well off if we didn’t accept it.

        • hezzies are terrorists

          1997

          “Since 1949 the U.S. has given Israel a total of $83.205
          billion. The interest costs borne by U.S. tax payers on behalf of Israel
          are $49.937 billion, thus making the total amount of aid given to Israel
          since 1949 $133.132 billion. This may mean that U.S. government has given
          more federal aid to the average Israeli citizen in a given year than it
          has given to the average American citizen.”

          • Heraclitus

            75% of military aid given to Israel is invested back on American companies, creating more jobs for Americans. 0% of aid given to muslim countries is invested back.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            lol invested in yank companies owned by jewish people..
            lmfao what happened to your “$3 billion” figure??
            hahahahaha
            maybe your hand was busy somewhere else, like up ur ass.

          • Heraclitus

            That aid is military, not free money that ends up in Swiss banks i.e. whats given to your pale$tinian terrorists.

            The palestinians get 25 times more aid per capita than what was spent on rebuilding Europe after the Second World War. Go whine about them.

          • 5thDrawer

            Job with low pay, no health care, no pensions, no ‘worker-rights’ charter …..

  • cook

    • Innovative Israeli technologies have a similar effect on American civilian, including computer-related industries and agricultural industries, which view Israel as a successful research and development site.

    • Members of the U.S. Congress leaders, then Vice President Dick Cheney, and then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are aware of Israel’s unique contribution to U.S. interests. But, in fact, they all wonder why the post-1993 Israel does not use its impressive contribution as leverage, in sharp contrast to the pre-1993 Israel.

    • In contrast to our commitments to Korea, Japan, Germany and other parts of the world, not a single American serviceperson needs to be stationed in Israel. Considering that the cost of one serviceperson per year – including backup and infrastructure – is estimated to be about $200,000per year, and assuming a minimum contingent of 25,000 troops, the cost savings to the United States on that score alone are on the order of $5 billion a year.

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      I’ve come to the conclusion that today’s Jews are officially the most putrid form of swine on the face if this earth, while Islam in all its forms is unacceptable to any normally functioning mind its people are generally misguided poor souls and I can’t resent them for their faith or as a people they are what they have been conditioned to be. But the uggliest example of the human race is the crafty, sneaky, underhanded, back door tactics engaged by the Jewish people and their communities. They are a parasite(Africa) promoters of discord(middle east) propaganda machine(media) and the world is better of without their kind. Tfeeh on this race of arrogant murderers.

      • cook

        Now that is a racist thing to say

        • hezzies are terrorists

          you are meant to say “anti Semitic”

          • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

            Antisemitism is a form of racism. But Reverend James Parkes explained it best in his book ‘An Enemy of the People: Antisemitism’. Jew-hatred is hating Jews for what we are. ‘Antisemitism’ is prejudice against the Jews for things which are either fabricated or grossly exaggerated.

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        So then you’re a racist. Specifically, an antisemite.

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        Is that because the Jews conquered the entire middle east and oppressed its indigenous people? Oh no, wait, that was the Arabs wasn’t it.

  • Heraclitus

    • Innovative Israeli technologies have a similar effect on American civilian, including computer-related industries and agricultural industries, which view Israel as a successful research and development site.

    • Members of the U.S. Congress leaders, then Vice President Dick Cheney, and then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are aware of Israel’s unique contribution to U.S. interests. But, in fact, they all wonder why the post-1993 Israel does not use its impressive contribution as leverage, in sharp contrast to the pre-1993 Israel.

    • In contrast to our commitments to Korea, Japan, Germany and other parts of the world, not a single American serviceperson needs to be stationed in Israel. Considering that the cost of one serviceperson per year – including backup and infrastructure – is estimated to be about $200,000per year, and assuming a minimum contingent of 25,000 troops, the cost savings to the United States on that score alone are on the order of $5 billion a year.

    • Maborlz Ez-Hari

      I’ve come to the conclusion that today’s Jews are officially the most putrid form of swine on the face if this earth, while Islam in all its forms is unacceptable to any normally functioning mind its people are generally misguided poor souls and I can’t resent them for their faith or as a people they are what they have been conditioned to be. But the uggliest example of the human race is the crafty, sneaky, underhanded, back door tactics engaged by the Jewish people and their communities. They are a parasite(Africa) promoters of discord(middle east) propaganda machine(media) and the world is better of without their kind. Tfeeh on this race of arrogant murderers.

      • Heraclitus

        Now that is a racist thing to say

        • hezzies are terrorists

          you are meant to say “anti Semitic”

          • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

            Antisemitism is a form of racism.

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        So then you’re a racist.

      • Adam Yonatan Ben Yoel

        Is that because the Jews conquered the entire middle east and oppressed its indigenous people? Oh no, wait, that was the Arabs wasn’t it.

  • cook

    • Israel has relayed to the U.S. lessons of battle (during the Cold War – Soviet military doctrine) and counter-terrorism (including aircraft security, homicide-suicide bombings) which reduce American losses in Iraq and Afghanistan, prevent attacks on U.S. soil, upgrade American weapons, and contribute to the U.S. economy. Without Israel, the U.S. would have been forced to deploy tens of thousands of American troops in the eastern Mediterranean Basin, at a cost of billions of dollars a year.

    • Senator Daniel Inouye has recently (2005) argued Israeli information regarding Soviet arms saved the U.S. billions of dollars. The contribution made by Israeli intelligence to America is greater than that provided by all NATO countries combined, he said.

    • Israel’s utilization of American arms guarantees its existence, but at the same time gives U.S. military industries, such as Boeing and General Dynamics, a competitive edge compared to European industries, while also boosting American military production, producing American jobs, and improving America’s national security. Japan and South Korea, for example, preferred the “Hawkeye” spy plane and the MD-500 chopper, both purchased and upgraded by Israel, over comparable British and French aircraft.

    • The American industries want U.S. aid to Israel to continue. The bulk of the $1.8 billion in annual U.S. military aid to Israel must be spent in the United States. That provides jobs for some 50,000 U.S. workers. Virtually all of the $1.2 billion in annual economic aid goes for repayment of debt to the United States, incurred from military purchases dating back many years. This debt is now close to being liquidated.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Lol you mean like the Liberty?

      “During the Six-Day War, Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats attack the USS Liberty
      in international waters off Egypt’s Gaza Strip. The intelligence ship,
      well-marked as an American vessel and only lightly armed, was attacked
      first by Israeli aircraft that fired napalm and rockets at the ship. The
      Liberty attempted to radio for assistance, but the Israeli
      aircraft blocked the transmissions. Eventually, the ship was able to
      make contact with the U.S. carrier Saratoga, and 12 fighter jets and four tanker planes were dispatched to defend the Liberty.
      When word of their deployment reached Washington, however, Secretary of
      Defense Robert McNamara ordered them recalled to the carrier, and they
      never reached the Liberty.”

      • cook

        What was the Liberty doing in a warzone?

        • hezzies are terrorists

          “However, Liberty survivors, and some former U.S. officials,
          believe that the attack was deliberate, staged to conceal Israel’s
          pending seizure of Syria’s Golan Heights, which occurred the next day.
          The ship’s listening devices would likely have overheard Israeli
          military communications planning this controversial operation.”

          You are digging yourself deeper and deeper into a hole.. Good girl. 🙂

          • cook

            Deny , deny , deny .. heh heh heh

          • Rudy1947

            The USA had had listening devices in Turkey as well, the US Navy never informed Israel of the USS Liberty mission, the USS Liberty was denied destroyer escort and the USS Liberty should not have been in a war zone without escort and notification.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            And the israhellis didn’t see the yankee flag flying above the Liberty? lmfao
            btw i love how heraclitoris has enlisted the help of more zionists. lol obviously i have hit a sore spot. 🙂

          • Rudy1947

            Can you answer the questions that I have posted. BTW, I’m an american, non jew and a vet. Answer my questions and prove to me the US Navy did not put the USS Liberty in harms way.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            You asked questions??? Looks to me like you made statements. lmfao and i doubt you are not a zionist.

        • 5thDrawer

          Spying of course. What else does a spy-ship do? And who likes that when it’s not themselves doing it? Certainly not Israelis. Not Hezzy’s either, these days.
          There’s the ‘money’ help-side. And the ‘we are independent’ side … which the British had noticed too, many years before.
          What is ‘shared’ by spies depends on the mood at the time … or what it will help the spy with accomplishing for himself or his ‘beliefs’.
          You wanted the ‘world-together-economy’ … you get the world’s spies working on everyone – and not just stealing war-item information.
          Governments store their ‘secrets’ … at least until anyone possibly connected with ‘an action’ has died … so they can’t be sued when ‘outed’. It’s a bummer when some live to 95. Only later generations find out what really transpired.

  • cook

    • General George Keegan, former head of U.S. Air Force Intelligence has publicly declared that “Israel is worth five CIA’s.” He further stated that between 1974 and 1990, Israel received $18.3 billion in U.S. military grants. During the same period Israel provided the U.S. with $50-80 billion in intelligence, research and development savings, and Soviet weapons systems captured and transferred to the U.S.

    • In 2005, Israel provided America with the world’s most extensive experience in homeland defense and warfare against suicide bombers and car bombs. American soldiers train in IDF facilities and Israeli-made drones fly above the “Sunni Triangle” in Iraq, as well as in Afghanistan, providing U.S. Marines with vital intelligence.

    • In September 2007, the IAF destroyed a Syrian-North Korean nuclear plant, extending the US’s strategic arm. It provided the US with vital information on Russian air defense systems, which are also employed by Iran. It bolstered the US posture of deterrence and refuted the claim that US-Israel relations have been shaped by political expediency.

    • In 2009, Israel shares with the US its battle-tested experience in combating Palestinian and Hizbullah terrorism, which are the role model of anti-US Islamic terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. US GIs benefit from Israel’s battle tactics against car bombs, improvised explosive devices and homicide bombing. An Israel-like ally in the Persian Gulf would have spared the need to dispatch US troops to Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

  • Heraclitus

    • Israel has relayed to the U.S. lessons of battle (during the Cold War – Soviet military doctrine) and counter-terrorism (including aircraft security, homicide-suicide bombings) which reduce American losses in Iraq and Afghanistan, prevent attacks on U.S. soil, upgrade American weapons, and contribute to the U.S. economy. Without Israel, the U.S. would have been forced to deploy tens of thousands of American troops in the eastern Mediterranean Basin, at a cost of billions of dollars a year.

    • Senator Daniel Inouye has recently (2005) argued Israeli information regarding Soviet arms saved the U.S. billions of dollars. The contribution made by Israeli intelligence to America is greater than that provided by all NATO countries combined, he said.

    • Israel’s utilization of American arms guarantees its existence, but at the same time gives U.S. military industries, such as Boeing and General Dynamics, a competitive edge compared to European industries, while also boosting American military production, producing American jobs, and improving America’s national security. Japan and South Korea, for example, preferred the “Hawkeye” spy plane and the MD-500 chopper, both purchased and upgraded by Israel, over comparable British and French aircraft.

    • The American industries want U.S. aid to Israel to continue. The bulk of the $1.8 billion in annual U.S. military aid to Israel must be spent in the United States. That provides jobs for some 50,000 U.S. workers. Virtually all of the $1.2 billion in annual economic aid goes for repayment of debt to the United States, incurred from military purchases dating back many years. This debt is now close to being liquidated.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Lol you mean like the Liberty?

      “During the Six-Day War, Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats attack the USS Liberty
      in international waters off Egypt’s Gaza Strip. The intelligence ship,
      well-marked as an American vessel and only lightly armed, was attacked
      first by Israeli aircraft that fired napalm and rockets at the ship. The
      Liberty attempted to radio for assistance, but the Israeli
      aircraft blocked the transmissions. Eventually, the ship was able to
      make contact with the U.S. carrier Saratoga, and 12 fighter jets and four tanker planes were dispatched to defend the Liberty.
      When word of their deployment reached Washington, however, Secretary of
      Defense Robert McNamara ordered them recalled to the carrier, and they
      never reached the Liberty.”

      • Heraclitus

        What was the Liberty doing in a warzone?

        • hezzies are terrorists

          “However, Liberty survivors, and some former U.S. officials,
          believe that the attack was deliberate, staged to conceal Israel’s
          pending seizure of Syria’s Golan Heights, which occurred the next day.
          The ship’s listening devices would likely have overheard Israeli
          military communications planning this controversial operation.”

          You are digging yourself deeper and deeper into a hole.. Good girl. 🙂

          • Heraclitus

            Deny , deny , deny .. heh heh heh

          • Rudy1947

            The USA had had listening devices in Turkey as well, the US Navy never informed Israel of the USS Liberty mission, the USS Liberty was denied destroyer escort and the USS Liberty should not have been in a war zone without escort and notification.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            And the israhellis didn’t see the yankee flag flying above the Liberty? lmfao
            btw i love how heraclitoris has enlisted the help of more zionists. lol obviously i have hit a sore spot. 🙂

          • Rudy1947

            Can you answer the questions that I have posted. BTW, I’m an american, non jew and a vet. Answer my questions and prove to me the US Navy did not put the USS Liberty in harms way.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            You asked questions??? Looks to me like you made statements. lmfao and i doubt you are not a zionist.

        • 5thDrawer

          Spying of course. What else does a spy-ship do? And who likes that when it’s not themselves doing it? Certainly not Israelis. Not Hezzy’s either, these days.
          There’s the ‘money’ help-side. And the ‘we are independent’ side … which the British had noticed too, many years before.
          What is ‘shared’ by spies depends on the mood at the time … or what it will help the spy with accomplishing for himself or his ‘beliefs’.
          You wanted the ‘world-together-economy’ … you get the world’s spies working on everyone – and not just stealing war-item information.
          Governments store their ‘secrets’ … at least until anyone possibly connected with ‘an action’ has died … so they can’t be sued. It’s a bummer when some live to 95. Only later generations find out what really transpired.

  • Heraclitus

    • General George Keegan, former head of U.S. Air Force Intelligence has publicly declared that “Israel is worth five CIA’s.” He further stated that between 1974 and 1990, Israel received $18.3 billion in U.S. military grants. During the same period Israel provided the U.S. with $50-80 billion in intelligence, research and development savings, and Soviet weapons systems captured and transferred to the U.S.

    • In 2005, Israel provided America with the world’s most extensive experience in homeland defense and warfare against suicide bombers and car bombs. American soldiers train in IDF facilities and Israeli-made drones fly above the “Sunni Triangle” in Iraq, as well as in Afghanistan, providing U.S. Marines with vital intelligence.

    • In September 2007, the IAF destroyed a Syrian-North Korean nuclear plant, extending the US’s strategic arm. It provided the US with vital information on Russian air defense systems, which are also employed by Iran. It bolstered the US posture of deterrence and refuted the claim that US-Israel relations have been shaped by political expediency.

    • In 2009, Israel shares with the US its battle-tested experience in combating Palestinian and Hizbullah terrorism, which are the role model of anti-US Islamic terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. US GIs benefit from Israel’s battle tactics against car bombs, improvised explosive devices and homicide bombing. An Israel-like ally in the Persian Gulf would have spared the need to dispatch US troops to Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

  • cook

    • 1970s – Joseph Sisco, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, assistant to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during the latter’s shuttle diplomacy, told the Israeli author and military expert, Shmuel Katz: “I want to assure you, Mr. Katz, that if we were not getting full value for our money, you would not get a cent from us.”

    • In 1981, Israel bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, delaying Saddam Hussein’s quest for nuclear weapons. It thus provided the U.S. with the option of engaging in conventional wars with Iraq in 1991 and 2003.

    • The vice president General Dynamics which produces the F16 fighter jets has stated that Israel is responsible for 600 improvements in the plane’s systems, modifications estimated to be worth billions of dollars, which spared dozens of research and development years.

    • In 1982, Israel destroyed Soviet anti-aircraft batteries in Lebanon that were considered immune to American weapons. Israel promptly shared the operation’s lessons, estimated to be worth billions of dollars.

    • Former Secretary of State and NATO forces commander Alexander Haig has stated that he is pro-Israeli because Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security.

    • During the first Gulf War 1991, Israel provided invaluable intelligence, an umbrella of air cover for military cargo, and had personnel planted in the Iraqi desert to pick up downed American pilots.

  • cook

    • In 1967, Israel defeated a radical Arab, pro-Soviet offensive, which threatened to bring about the collapse of pro-American Arab regimes and disrupt oil supply, thus severely undermining the American standard of living. The U.S. gained valuable military information from analysis of captured Soviet equipment, including SAM-2, SAM-12, Mig-21 aircraft, and Soviet T-54 battle tanks. In fact, Israel gave an entire squadron of MiG-21s to the U.S. which was dubbed the “Top Gun” squadron and used by the U.S. Air and Naval forces for training purposes. Since 1967, Israel transferred captured Soviet weapons systems to the U.S. Pentagon after every conflict: 1967, 1967-70, 1973, 1982, 1990 (Scud remnants from the Gulf War), and 2006 (remnants of Iranian supplied missiles.

    • In the 1967-1970 1000 Day War of Attrition, the IDF, armed with American aircraft successfully defeated a Soviet-supplied air defense system, pointing out the deficiencies in Soviet air-defense doctrine to US defense planners. Israel shared captured military equipment include P-2 radar and Soviet tanks with the U.S. military.

    • In 1970, Israel brought about the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Jordan, at a time when the U.S. was tied up by wars in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, thus preventing the fall of the pro-American Hashemite regime and the installation of a pro-Soviet radical Palestinian terrorist regime.

    • In 1973 – thanks to U.S. re-supply, but without U.S. forces, Israel defeated Soviet-trained and equipped Egyptian and Syrian forces. Israel again shared captured Soviet equipment, including T-62 battle tanks with the U.S. Israel emerged as the only reliable ally where U.S. troops could land, where U.S. equipment can be pre-positioned, where the U.S. has friendly port facilities (in Haifa and Ashdod) in the entire Middle East region. This too has saved the U.S. billions of dollars.

  • cook

    List of things Israel does for the United States:

  • Heraclitus

    • 1970s – Joseph Sisco, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, assistant to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during the latter’s shuttle diplomacy, told the Israeli author and military expert, Shmuel Katz: “I want to assure you, Mr. Katz, that if we were not getting full value for our money, you would not get a cent from us.”

    • In 1981, Israel bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, delaying Saddam Hussein’s quest for nuclear weapons. It thus provided the U.S. with the option of engaging in conventional wars with Iraq in 1991 and 2003.

    • The vice president General Dynamics which produces the F16 fighter jets has stated that Israel is responsible for 600 improvements in the plane’s systems, modifications estimated to be worth billions of dollars, which spared dozens of research and development years.

    • In 1982, Israel destroyed Soviet anti-aircraft batteries in Lebanon that were considered immune to American weapons. Israel promptly shared the operation’s lessons, estimated to be worth billions of dollars.

    • Former Secretary of State and NATO forces commander Alexander Haig has stated that he is pro-Israeli because Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security.

    • During the first Gulf War 1991, Israel provided invaluable intelligence, an umbrella of air cover for military cargo, and had personnel planted in the Iraqi desert to pick up downed American pilots.

  • Heraclitus

    • In 1967, Israel defeated a radical Arab, pro-Soviet offensive, which threatened to bring about the collapse of pro-American Arab regimes and disrupt oil supply, thus severely undermining the American standard of living. The U.S. gained valuable military information from analysis of captured Soviet equipment, including SAM-2, SAM-12, Mig-21 aircraft, and Soviet T-54 battle tanks. In fact, Israel gave an entire squadron of MiG-21s to the U.S. which was dubbed the “Top Gun” squadron and used by the U.S. Air and Naval forces for training purposes. Since 1967, Israel transferred captured Soviet weapons systems to the U.S. Pentagon after every conflict: 1967, 1967-70, 1973, 1982, 1990 (Scud remnants from the Gulf War), and 2006 (remnants of Iranian supplied missiles.

    • In the 1967-1970 1000 Day War of Attrition, the IDF, armed with American aircraft successfully defeated a Soviet-supplied air defense system, pointing out the deficiencies in Soviet air-defense doctrine to US defense planners. Israel shared captured military equipment include P-2 radar and Soviet tanks with the U.S. military.

    • In 1970, Israel brought about the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Jordan, at a time when the U.S. was tied up by wars in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, thus preventing the fall of the pro-American Hashemite regime and the installation of a pro-Soviet radical Palestinian terrorist regime.

    • In 1973 – thanks to U.S. re-supply, but without U.S. forces, Israel defeated Soviet-trained and equipped Egyptian and Syrian forces. Israel again shared captured Soviet equipment, including T-62 battle tanks with the U.S. Israel emerged as the only reliable ally where U.S. troops could land, where U.S. equipment can be pre-positioned, where the U.S. has friendly port facilities (in Haifa and Ashdod) in the entire Middle East region. This too has saved the U.S. billions of dollars.

  • Heraclitus

    List of things Israel does for the United States: