Studies show that US coverage is Israeli-centric. The main bureaus for CNN, Associated Press, Time, etc. are located in Israel and often staffed by Israelis. The son of the NY Times bureau chief is in the Israeli army;"pundit" Jeffrey Goldberg served in the IDF; Wolf Blitzer worked for AIPAC. Because the U.S. gives Israel over $8 million/day - more than to any other nation - we feel it is essential that we be fully informed on this region. Below are news reports to augment mainstream coverage.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

6 Democratic US senators reject call to cut Israel aid

Jerusalem Post- In letter to Appropriations and Budget committee, lawmakers respond to Sen. Rand Paul, saying aid to Middle East's only democratic nation is imperative.

Six Senate Democrats on Tuesday rejected a deficit-driven proposal by a new Republican senator to cut US aid to Israel.

In a letter to the top House Republicans on the Appropriations and Budget committees, the Democrats said aid to Israel, the only democratic nation in the Middle East, is imperative. They backed the $3 billion in foreign military assistance that the US provides annually to Israel.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said last week that the nation faces a fiscal crisis and argued that the US cannot give money away, even to allies, as the debt grows.

According to the Washington Post, Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Bill Nelson of Florida, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island signed the letter.

Senator Paul, a Tea Party favorite, called to cut all foreign assistance, including aid to Israel in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer last week.

When Blitzer asked about continuing aid to Israel, Paul replied, “When you send foreign aid, you actually [send] quite a bit to Israel’s enemies, Islamic nations around Israel get quite a bit of foreign aid, too.” Read more