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:
- 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?
- Is continued building in East Jerusalem vital for Israeli security, no matter how many fighter jets the state possesses?
- 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.