Patrick Seaman, nyunews.com
Image from, with caption: Blank cheque from Swaledale and Wensleydale Banking Company
Last week, Israel asked the United States to up its defense aid package to $5 billion a year in 2017, making a $50 billion payout by the time the contract would expire. This request comes in light of the appointment of Israeli Chief of Public Diplomacy, Ran Baratz, who called President Obama a modern day anti-Semite, and claimed Secretary of State John Kerry had the mental capacity of a twelve-year-old. The continued U.S. military support of an administration that disrespects and insults high-profile government figures is embarrassing. Israel currently is ranked 19th in the U.N. Human Development Index, and outguns its neighbors by a heavy margin. Israel does not need the level of foreign aid that it receives from the United States. However, the support of Israel is not as big an issue in and of itself as is the level of interest that the United States exercises over the Middle East, and the world as a whole. ...