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Questions About Fighter Jets

Israeli fighter jets
Worth how many fighter jets?

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today’s Jerusalem Post summarizes some of the rewards offered by the U.S. in its latest attempt to coax Israel into briefly curtailing its illegal activity on Palestinian land. In exchange for a proposed 90-day moratorium on settlement-building, East Jerusalem excluded.

The US administration would ask Congress to approve the supply of 20 additional advanced fighter planes to Israel worth $3 billion so that Israel can keep its qualitative [military] edge.

This defense assistance will be added into Israel’s security agreement with the US, so that Israel’s safety can be assured.”

I have just a few initial questions about this proposed exchange:

  1. Is the number of illegal settlements that can be erected in a period of 90 days somehow equivalent, in terms of qualitative military edge, to 20 advanced fighter jets?
  2. Is continued building in East Jerusalem vital for Israeli security, no matter how many fighter jets the state possesses?
  3. Do pauses in settlement-building embolden the Iranian regime and cause it to forget about Israel’s nuclear stockpile?

Additional questions might be posed to U.S. taxpayers, such as whether the Israeli ability to break the sound barrier over Lebanon is a personal priority.


Belén is a feature writer at Pulse Media. Her articles also have appeared in CounterPunch, Narco News, Palestine Chronicle, Palestine Think Tank, Rebelión, Tlaxcala, The Electronic Intifada, Upside Down World, and Her book “Coffee with Hezbollah,” a humorous political travelogue chronicling her hitchhiking trip through Lebanon in the aftermath of the 2006 Israeli assault, is available at Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Noble.

Born in Washington, DC, in 1982, Belén earned her bachelor's degree with a concentration in political science from Columbia University in New York City. Her diverse background of worldwide experiences, created a fantastic writer; one whose work we are extremely happy to share with viewers. You can contact Belén at:

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xexon November 15, 2010 7:26 am (Pacific time)

What more evidence do people need before they realize that zionism has infiltrated their own government? This is like asking a cancer to behave itself for the next 3 months in exchange for a king's ransom. And after that 3 months, you can go back to being a cancer again. Better start writng your represntatives NOW. x

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