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Bush tells Olmert US will increase funding to Israel [money solves everything]
Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-18-07 | HERB KEINON

Posted on 06/19/2007 1:25:13 PM PDT by SJackson

Report: US to increase Israel funding

US President George W. Bush agreed to increase financial aid to Israel, Channel Two reported.

Bush met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert following a press conference the two held in the Oval Office at the White House.

"All options are still on the table regarding Iran," Bush said during the press conference.

Bush added that he understood the fear of Israeli citizens when they hear Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments about wanting to destroy Israel and that this concerned him as a strong ally of Israel.

Regarding Syria, Bush said the US had no intentions of mediating between Israel and Damascus, as Syrian President Bashar Assad had requested.

He said that Olmert was a leader strong enough to conduct these negotiations on his own.

"If the prime minister wants to negotiate with Syria he doesn't need me to mediate ... it's up the prime minister," Bush said. "This man is plenty capable of having negotiations without me mediating."

Olmert on his side also played down any possibility of a breakthrough on peace negotiations with Syria.

"The Syrian leader said that he is against any precondition on the Israel side but he is certainly for preconditions on the Syrian side," he said. "I'm not certain that the understanding of the president of Syria can lay the foundations for immediate discussions."

Israel and Syria have both recently signaled a willingness to restart peace talks. The US has opposed talking to Syria because of its ties to Iran and militants in Iraq and Lebanon. However, Bush is under pressure from allies, lawmakers and advisers who think Washington should improve relations with Syria in an effort to isolate Iran.

Both Bush and Olmert spoke positively of recent meetings between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Israelis.

"I'm going to make every possible effort to cooperate with him," the prime minister said. Bush called Abbas "the president of all the Palestinians" and "a voice for moderation."

"Our hope is that President Abbas and Prime Minister Salaam Fayad - who's a good fellow - will be strengthened to the point where they can lead the Palestinians in a different direction," Bush said.

Bush and Olmert both committed themselves during the opening statement to move forward Tuesday's resolution [of holding meetings with Abbas], with Bush framing the current battle between Hamas and Fatah inside the greater ideological context of conflicts between extremists and moderates taking place throughout the world, specifically in Iraq.Print Subscribe E-mail Toolbar


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: israel

1 posted on 06/19/2007 1:25:16 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Hope this is for buying sorties to obliterate Assad and the Mullahs.


2 posted on 06/19/2007 1:27:00 PM PDT by SolidWood (UN delenda est.)
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To: SJackson
Two losers committed to the grim enterprise of losing their two respective countries, once proud nations etc., etc. Everything they say sounds like a lie or an alibi.

Depressing.
3 posted on 06/19/2007 1:27:35 PM PDT by Asclepius (wideawake: I profess my Catholicism here before you, the spiritual descendant of that SS murderer.)
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To: Asclepius

Im watching those two ineffectual leaders and Im thinking how much U.S. taxpayer money are they going to flush down the islamic rathole.?.


4 posted on 06/19/2007 1:29:34 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: SJackson

What’s the difference between Bush and a drunken sailor?

A drunken sailor spends his own money.


5 posted on 06/19/2007 1:31:45 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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Wonder what Ohlmert agreed to? Guess we'll find out soon.

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6 posted on 06/19/2007 1:34:23 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: SJackson

Olmert is the Jimmy Carter of Isreal, Where is Net when you need him


7 posted on 06/19/2007 1:48:15 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (I'd rather be hunting with dick than driving with ted)
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To: SJackson

Doesn’t make sense to send US (my) money to both Israel and the terrorists who want to destroy her. They cancel each other out. How about just send 0. Same result.


8 posted on 06/19/2007 1:51:29 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Lijahsbubbe
Doesn’t make sense to send US (my) money to both Israel and the terrorists who want to destroy her. They cancel each other out. How about just send 0. Same result.

Quote of the day IMHO!

9 posted on 06/19/2007 1:52:48 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( Inhofe for Senate 08 -- Broken Glass Republican -- vote out the RATs in 2008)
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To: ronnie raygun

IMHO, Olmert looks and acts like a French leader.


10 posted on 06/19/2007 1:53:26 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: SJackson
Obviously, we wanted Israel to do something. Wisely, Israel said no, so we had to pay to get them to do it.
11 posted on 06/19/2007 1:54:07 PM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: PhiKapMom

Thanks!!! What do I win? ;)


12 posted on 06/19/2007 1:54:34 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Lijahsbubbe
Doesn’t make sense to send US (my) money to both Israel and the terrorists who want to destroy her. They cancel each other out. How about just send 0. Same result.

That's true. Our aid to Israel is the result of our commitment post Egypt peace treaty to maintain Israel's military superiority over her enemies. If we didn't sell Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf States 4 times as much of the same platforms we sell Israel, we wouldn't need to give Israel aid. Of course that would be 10 or 12 billion a year less for our defence industry.

13 posted on 06/19/2007 2:05:46 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: PhiKapMom

See post 13. There’s a direct correleation. If we don’t provide arms to Israel’s enemies, we don’t need to supply aid. Of course that won’t happen, we sell 4 times as much of the same or better platforms to the Arabs.


14 posted on 06/19/2007 2:08:24 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: SJackson

Israel doesn’t need more funding. Netanyahu has said for several years that if he is re-elected he will call for an end to U.S. foreign aid to Israel (and Egypt, of course).


15 posted on 06/19/2007 2:19:33 PM PDT by montag813
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To: SJackson
So Bush called Salaam Fayad "a good fellow." How would he know? Furthermore, if Fayad really is "a good fellow," he won't last very long in his current postion.

You have to be skeptical about Bush's character evaluations after he called Putin trustworthy a few years ago.

16 posted on 06/19/2007 2:26:52 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93
If you to were to purchase your very own Romper Room Magic Mirror you to could look through your mirror and out into the world and see Good Fellows everywhere you looked!

“Boys and girls, I see good fellows everywhere! - I see Jimmy, Putty, Abdul, Assad, Abbas, Fayad - Yes! - Do you see all the Good Fellows also boys and girls? "Now keep looking in your Magic Mirrors, more will be appearing very quickly."”

17 posted on 06/19/2007 2:52:04 PM PDT by Esther Ruth
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To: SJackson

Looks like Ron Paul was right again.


18 posted on 06/19/2007 3:07:14 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: SJackson

Israel should use every penny of it for advanced, offensive weapons R&D—some sort of “doomsday” weapon that only Israelis could be immune to.


19 posted on 06/19/2007 5:14:33 PM PDT by familyop (Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: samadams2000
“Im watching those two ineffectual leaders and Im thinking how much U.S. taxpayer money are they going to flush down the islamic rathole.?.”

Agree. It is time for some of the so called moderate gulf states such as Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia to put some skin in this game. We (U.S.) should inform them that it’s time to stand up and be counted in this war against radical Islam, one way or another as they have more to loose than anyone if the whole region should be dominated by Iran and it’s surrogates. And, also inform them if they don't do this they no longer will be able to count on us coming to their rescue in the future.

20 posted on 06/19/2007 5:33:20 PM PDT by snoringbear (')
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Looks like Ron Paul was right again.

In my view when it comes to foreign affairs Ron Paul has his head so far up his butt he can't se a thing through his brown covered corneas.

My thread hijacking Paulite internut, I guess the way it works is that you now claim Ron is RONALD REAGAN incarnate.

Then I point out the contempt Paul had for Reagan's foreign policy.

From Grenada where we went in at the behest of several foreign governments (he wrote about that in High Times when he was pandering to the dopers), to Central America, to Afghanistan, the source of 9/11.

Then there's Lebanon, the issue the liar wraps himself in.

Ron Paul would have gone into Lebanon as Reagan did, a mistake.

BS he's lying.

Would he have left, sure.

OOOH RAAAH/

Ron Paul=Ronald Reagan!

But oops, in leaving would he have interfered to save Arafat and the PLO? Not very Paulite.

Would he have interfered to carve out a ten mile zone in south Lebanon for Israel? Not very Paulite.

Would he have boosted foreign aid to Israel by 40%? Sure, that Ron Paul.

How about the Pershing missles in Europe. Confronting evil. Did Ron Paul confront that.

Save you Ron Paul mastubatory BS for other threads.

21 posted on 06/19/2007 6:06:36 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: snoringbear
Agree. It is time for some of the so called moderate gulf states such as Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia to put some skin in this game.

It is, we won't ask because without serious pressure they won't do a thing. This is their game, and we're playing by their rules.

22 posted on 06/19/2007 6:07:47 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: SJackson

Truth hurts, doesn’t it. Hence your incoherent reply.


23 posted on 06/19/2007 7:14:58 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Truth hurts, doesn’t it. Hence your incoherent reply.

No, hence your inability to address the issues.

24 posted on 06/19/2007 8:06:42 PM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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