Budget Cut Roulette – Is Israel on the Chopping Block?


Pending March 1rst Budget Cuts Provide Intrigues Galore


… by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor            … and  Press TV


I was surprised to get my early morning call from Press TV as 7:30 am is not prime time for me.  Sometimes they will email a topic or a news story with a ten to fifteen minute window to collect some thoughts. But sometimes they are in a hurry and they just say ‘go’.

So enjoy some early morning, in my PJs  (sweats), Jim Dean wisdomonic words of whatever. I thought they were going to trim off the AIPAC source part on the Christian Zionist donations to Israel…super huge. A book was forth coming but threats ran the source and I assume the publisher to ground.

The numbers are so huge that no one would believe them without her documents so we will have to wait for hopefully another day to get them.

We offered to put the numbers out if we had the documentation but the source wanted to hang onto the story which is certainly understandable.  It was a heart breaker…but you can’t force someone to take risks because you can’t walk in their shoes.


The audio link is below the image. Gordon had not trained me yet to do it the cool way yet.

For the live audio track with yawns removed, click here.


Press TV Interview – Saturday, February 16th, 2013


Do John Kerry, Obama and Chuck Hagel have the stuff to stand up to the Israel Lobby?

A political analyst says Secretary of State John Kerry was sending “a signal” when he said automatic budget cuts slated for March 1 would result in possible cuts to U.S. aids to Israel.

Kerry has said that cuts resulting from sequestration would be a huge threat to “national security,” and was quick to play the Israel card in defending his own department’s budget.

According to Kerry, the $2.6 billion cut in the budgets of the U.S. State Department and USAID would mean a few hundred million dollars in cuts in aids to foreign militaries, the largest of which goes to Israel.

“He [Kerry] said it and of course he didn’t need to say it, there was no reason for him to have to say this now.

He could have told them after if it happens and they have to have these big budget cuts then he could give them the bad news,” Jim W. Dean, managing editor and columnist at VT, said in an interview with Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Saturday.

“I think it is definitely sending a signal,” he added.

Dean also said the amount of money that Christian-Zionists give Israel far surpasses what the U.S. government gives them.

Israel receives about $3 billion from the U.S. in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s foreign aid budget.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobbyists guarantee billions of dollars in military aid for Israel each year.



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Jim W. Dean was an active editor on VT from 2010-2022.  He was involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews.