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End aid to Israel

Dear Editor:The sovereign nation of Israel wants the U.S. taxpayers to give approximately $227,000 to each Jewish settler for their withdrawal from Gaza. That is $2.2 billion in addition to our regular $3 billion or so annual subsidy/aid to Israel. In 2003, Israel was granted an additional $1 billion for any problems they incurred due to the U.S. led invasion of Iraq.Considering our rising deficits, cuts in education, etc., and the approximately $90 billion given to Israel in recent decades, I feel it is time to end our aid to Israel.Ariel Sharon’s adviser indicated that the withdrawal of about 8,000 Israel settlers from Gaza and four small settlements from the West Bank is just a diversion from any serious peace negotiations. There is no reason Congress should grant money to these settlers.I also feel we need to end our annual $2 billion subsidy/aid to Egypt for having signed the Camp David peace treaty in the 1970s. We paid Israel $4 billion to leave Egypt.Call your representatives (Senators Ken Salazar and Wayne Allard and Representatives John Salazar and Mark Udall) and ask them to end the above mentioned aid. The reason for so much money going to Israel is because their lobbying group (such as AIPAC) and the U.S. arms manufacturers, who supply Israel, are so strong and vocal. They have a right to lobby; our representatives need to do what is right for all citizens.Cathleen KraheCarbondale


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