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  •  I am hoping all the people in the streets months (6+ / 0-)

    ago with economic complaints will encourage the Israel government to try harder not to invade. Invasion would be very expensive economically for all the ammunition & equipment needed to keep IDF casualties low.

    Wasn't a big reason for the austerity that was complained about in those big protests about trouble finding housing, cost of living up, protesting the income gap because the large cost of the last invasion, 4 years ago, took up so much of the budget there wasn't enough budget for social programs? Also so much of the budget going to support settlements in West Bank meant not support for the more people in the center.

    And working class of all "nationalities' seemed to be finding common cause in complaining about the income gap. Maybe that was wishful thinking on my part, but it seemed there was a tacit agreement not to talk about systemic legal discrimination against non-Jew so they could be in solidarity against their 1%.

    The boss needs you, you don't need him. -- France general strike, May 1968

    by stargaze on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:47:35 AM PST

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    •  If it wasn't for the security emergency (9+ / 0-)

      Wealth inequality and social justice would be the top electoral issue.   Some anti-conscription and anti preferment for the Ultra Orthodox, Not good for the Netanyahu coalition and supporters.  

    •  Sadly, the US funds a LOT of Israeli munitions (3+ / 0-)
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      you mention above being expensive for Israel.  Not just by giving Israel weapons, but also by funding lots of other things so that the Israeli government can use their own money to buy more weapons because they don't have to spend the money on the people.

      I am not saying remove all US funding to Israel; I really don't know enough to propose a solution to this mess that's been going on for longer than I've been alive (well, really, it's been a mess for centuries), but I think the US is hurting at the same time it's helping the situation.

      •  We fund about a quarter of Israel's defense budget (8+ / 0-)

        Much of that in form of weaponry.  It isn't helping us to have "Made in the USA" on shrapnel in smouldering ruins.  
        Interesingly, under US law we can't sell munitions to countries that have used weapons for non defensive purposes, it adds another dimension to the mess.

        To many in the region, we (the US) and Israel are considered a single entity

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