Friday, August 17, 2007

Backlash Over Book on Policy For Israel

Backlash Over Book on Policy for Israel "The notion that pro-Israel groups 'have anything like a uniform agenda, and that U.S. policy on Israel and the Middle East is the result of their influence, is simply wrong,' George P. Shultz, a former secretary of state, says. 'This is a conspiracy theory pure and simple, and scholars at great universities should be ashamed to promulgate it.'"

Israel, U.S. formally sign new defense agreement "Israel and the United States signed Thursday a Memorandum of Understanding on the new American defense package for Israel. Under the new aid agreement, the U.S. will transfer $30 billion to Israel over 10 years, compared with $24 billion over the past decade. The aid deal signed at represents a 25 percent rise in U.S. military aid to Israel. " US and Israel agree $30bn arms deal "At a signing ceremony in Jerusalem on Thursday, Nicholas Burns, US undersecretary of state, said the US would help Israel to maintain a military advantage over its enemies." US offers Israel $30bn in military aid "The Bush administration must still receive congressional approval for the aid deals, but Mr Burns said he believed there would be little opposition in the Senate and house to the Israeli package."

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