Encounter with Netanyahu
- Encounter with Netanyahu
My encounter with Benjamin Netenyahu. Will America ever learn?
by Ather Masood, Chicago
On Thusday, November 21, 2002 the Associated press reported how $10
billion dollars going to Israel. This is in addition to $2.9 billion
in loans and direct grants. The report goes on to say "There is no
cost to the U.S. if Israel repays, since Israel never defaults a
loan." ("Israel Eyes Up to $10B in U.S." Aid By Dan Perry Associated
The rationale for this increase is that Israel economy been
shattered by the terrorist attacks and a possbile war with Iraq.
Indeeed President Bush goes on to say:
"Terror has affected the Israeli economy.We've got great confidence
in the Israeli economy, because we've got great confidence in the
Israeli people,'' Bush told reporters at the time. ``I'm convinced
that the economy will be strong.'' (Perry, Associated Press)Mr. Bush
however, makes no comment about loans and grants going to Israel.
The truth of the matter is that back in March, Benjamin Netenyahu
came to D.C. and asked for more money. Back in March a large pro-
Israeli rally was held in D.C. During the rally Mr. Netenyahu spoke
about the need for increase aid to Israel. He made it abundantly
clear that Congress would support his request. Now we are seeing
these requests being fulfilled.
Back in March I attended a private gathering of distinguished
guests in the Washington D.C. area. Mr. Netenyahu was also one of
the people who was asked to make a brief speech. For about 20
minutes Mr. Netenyahu talked about how bad Palestinians are and how
good Israelis were. Among the guests were several "Arab and Muslim."
leaders who kept clapping to anything and everything. The mere sight
of this was quite shocking to me.
After the discussion I got the chance to speak with Mr. Netneyahu.
conversasion went something like this:
Ather: Good evening Mr. Netenyahu your comments greatly interested
Mr. Netenyahu: Thank you very much. It's important to speak out
terrorism. I believe America, Israel, and India will be great
partners on the war against Terrorism world-wide.
Ather: And what type of Terrorism are you speaking of? You mean what
the IDF are doing everyday in Falasteen?
Mr. Netenyahu: (Startled look) Excuse me? I beg your pardon but the
IDF is defending the lives of innocent Israeli citizens.
Ather: I challenge you right here and right now to a debate over
Israel and Falasteen. I am not a diplomat but an ordinary American
questions your policies with Palestinian People.
Mr. Netneyahu: (Benevolent looking smile)These matters are very
complex. You would not be able to understand what we face in Israel
Ather: What are you afraid of? I have no friends in this room. They
are all your people. If you have a legitimate concern prove it to
me, in front of all your friends. Come on let's do it. Right here,
Other person Present: Yes why don't you debate Ather? Prove your
There are no media representatives here. You have nothing to worry
Mr. Netenyahu's bodyguard (very angry at me) It's time for us to
leave. You are being very abusive to the former prime minister. It's
time for you to leave.
Ather: Excuse you, I am not going anywhere bub. As an American
citizen I have a right to question Mr. Netneyahu. You are using my
taxes to kill people.
Mr. Netenyahu's second bodyguard: I think it's time for us to move
on. Move the f... out of the way. (Being shoved as Mr. Netenyahu
moves away as far as possible.)
Ather: If you put your hand on me i'm going to smack your face.
Unidentified individual: Okay Okay let's take it easy. (both parties
being separated) Mr. Netenyahu is our guest and let us all play by
With this we were both asked to move away from each other. Several
people approached Mr. Ntenyahu to ask him further questions.
WHAT CAN AMERICA DO WITH $10 BILLION DOLLARS?
1. America has yet to pay African-Americans for four-hundred and
fourty one years of slavery. Why are wet not using this money to
begin addressing this matter?
2. Legal immigrants have yet to be given amnesty and general
healthcare in thie country. The number of "slave" or "cheap" labor
is so much and yet we use not money to address such problems.
3. Spain just created one the largets ecological disasters off its
coast. Thousands of gallons of crude oil has spoiled the fishing and
seafaring industry between Spain and Morocco. Why is the world
ignoring a catastrophe effecting humans, animals, and the
environment? Why can we not use this $10 billion to clean up this
4. Why can we not use $10 billion to further dialouge between
instead of killing people in Falasteen? Or for that matter anywhere
else? American foreign policy continues to support tyrants
It is our responsibility to question where taxes are going. To fund
nations, such as Israel, violates any call for rational thinking by
Congress. IT IS NOT RATIONAL to fund Israel when Amercia still has
plenty of problems to deal with in it's own backyard.
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