Chris Hedges: Israel’s Secret Weapons—”Combat-Tested” Against the People of Gaza

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Dec 17, 2016

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 7, 2022

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the influence of the Israeli arms industry with independent journalist Rania Khalek. They examine the Israeli weapons and tactics that are tested on Palestinians in occupied territory and then sold to the world. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the global reach of the Israeli defense industry.

see also:

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From the archives:

Chris Hedges, Abby Martin and Mike Prysner: The Heroic Aspect Of The Palestinian People Who Just Keep Resisting

Abby Martin: Inside the Hotbeds of Israeli Settler Terror, Part 2

A Drone Was Used to Blow up a US Citizen Without a Trial. Let That Sink In by Daniel McAdams

Demystifying US and Israeli Power by Susan Cain and Mark Mason (must-read)

Chris Hedges and Max Blumenthal: The 51 Day War

Chris Hedges Supports BDS + Aftermath of Assault on Gaza Worse Than Operation Cast Lead

Noam Chomsky: Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. + Transcript

Norman Finkelstein: “Israel used an insane amount of firepower in Gaza”

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  15. The Documentary Film titled “The Laboratory” displayed and depicted this circumstance in detail — it is Israeli made. It was not particularly controversial.

  16. So, we are expected to stomach extreme, unalloyed vindictiveness, from a reactionary entity that is perpetrating the most heinous atrocities, without even a blink or a scintilla of doubt; what more evidence do people need to convince them there really is a difference between kindness and cruelty?

    What kind of abominable hoodoo is this?

    • Basically it is to then purchase weapons made in the US.

      “In terms of total money received, Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of military assistance from the United States since World War II,[25] followed by Vietnam, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Turkey.[26] About three quarters of the aid is earmarked for purchases of military equipment from U.S. companies and the rest is spent on domestic equipment.[27]”


      If you haven’t read this article/essay, I highly recommend it:

    • As to the Israeli export industry — it is important to realize that some three and a half decades ago, under the Nixon, about 4 billion 1970’s dollars were, provide to Israel when our SEATO ally the Republic of Vietnam (South Viet Nam) received somewhat less than that, during the period between the 1973 Arab Israeli war and the fall of Saigon. It was also a period of time that Israel had 1,000 per cent plus annual inflation! We then gave to them — multi billion series of loans that became due at about 2000, when the loans were forgiven, The amount at the time of forgiveness, when dived into a per capita distribution of Israel’s population, would if given to Israelis in groups of three, would have bought each such group of three, a house of the then average ( and somewhat then depressed ) value that would have ranged between Newport Beach and Beverly Hills, on the high end, and Costa Mesa and Brentwood California, on the low end. It would also have bought a home at the average rate in the median valued exclusive community of Bel Air–with about 55,000 dollars left over. It thus becomes apparent that Israel, that exported little else in high value, must both be subsidized and cannot exist as it does, if it is not!
      Our money is their money not the other way around! They have a permanent claim on our treasury! Israel would otherwise have long ago broken financially, if it were not for US money and its arms exports.

      • Remarkable ~ thanks for posting these details JSL. It really does make one pause for thought. The tragedy is that these are not intractable problems. Everything could be addressed intelligently and creatively if only our respective & mutual leaderships were amenable to reason. All prejudice can be overcome given time and sufficient knowledge of what true wisdom is and how it can be more greatly valued.

        The question is, are humans born to argue and fight over trivial differences, or is there something fundamentally missing in our understanding of reality? Is the root of the problem the climate of thought in which people are immersed, rather than some innate genetic tendency that is predetermined?

        Something I find particularly telling, is that those who have experienced the most severe adversity, invariably tend to be more deeply committed to changing the way we approach problems, by advancing their hard-earned, more insightful and careful reading of things.

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