Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
President-elect Donald Trump has made no secret of his desire either to renegotiate or “terminate” the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he has singled out as the “worst trade deal in history”. The result of lobbying by Israeli asset Rahm Emanuel during the Clinton years, NAFTA, which accounts for an estimated one million lost U.S. jobs, had its precedent in a less well-known but no less insidious trade agreement involving America’s “greatest ally”. The United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement, as the Jewish Virtual Library’s scribe praises its putative benefits,
eliminated all duties and virtually all other restrictions on trade in goods between the two countries. The FTA was signed April 22, 1985, by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Israeli Minister of Industry and Trade and was officially entered into force in September of that year after it was approved by the U.S. House of Representaives [sic] in a 422-0 vote and a voice vote in the U.S. Senate. The final phase of the agreement was fully implemented on January 1, 1995 when the two countries completely eliminated all duties and tariffs on manufacted [sic] goods.
The FTA also includes a Declaration on Trade in Services, a non-binding statement of intent to eliminate barriers to trade in services such as tourism, communications, banking, insurance, management consulting, accounting, law, computer services, and advertising. The U.S. and Israel also signed an Agricultural Agreement, to reduce trade barriers on agricultural products and boost agricultural trade between the two countries. Finally, the FTA includes provisions to protect American industry. For example, certain non-tariff import restrictions on agricultural products are allowed.
Both the United States and Israel have benefitted immensely from the FTA as can be evidenced in the exponential growth of their bilateral trade over the past 25 years. Between 1986 and 1996, the first decade of the FTA’s implementation, bilateral trade in goods more than tripled, from $3.9 billion to $12.4 billion, with U.S. exports to Israel totaling $6 billion. In the following fourteen years, from 1996 to 2010, the bilateral trade nearly tripled again, rising to an estimated total of $32 billion. Over this time, U.S. imports from Israel have jumped from less than $2.2 billion in 1984 to more than $22 billion in 2010, an increase of 954 percent. Meanwhile, Israeli imports from the U.S. have risen from around $1.8 billion to more than $13 billion.
Due to the success of the FTA, Israel is now among America’s 12 largest export markets per capita. Despite having a population under 8 million, ranking just 96th highest in the world, Israel is still among the U.S.’s 25 largest export markets by value, ahead of much largers [sic] countries such as Russia, Spain and Argentina.
Not a single vote cast against it in the U.S. House of Representatives! Must have been because USIFTA was such a nifty idea, right?
Actually, as the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy reveals, the confrontation over its passage “pitted large US corporations, American industry associations, small fruit and vegetable growers and thousands of individual petitioners against the ‘American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.’ and American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC” and involved industrial espionage as the FBI discovered.
IRMEP’s Grant F. Smith, writing in 2008, summarized USIFTA’s gifts to America as follows:
Signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was our very first FTA. Nearly a quarter century of trade flowing under the agreement reveals a number of negative, yet entirely predictable outcomes.
Adjusted for inflation the agreement has delivered a $62.65 billion dollar cumulative American trade deficit with Israel. Trade, roughly at parity before the agreement was penned, shifted in favor of Israeli exports to the US by the early 1990s. This imbalance accelerated after the post 9/11 economic downturn. It is likely to be permanent. Net losses follow unfavorable terms embedded in the treaty at the insistence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the lead organization of Israel’s lobby in the United States.
The selection of Israel for the first agreement made little sense […] important trading partners such as Canada, Mexico and even Colombia had much more to offer the US in terms of comparative advantage. However, AIPAC successfully pushed Israel to the front of the line. […]
Footwear Industry Association executive vice president Fawn Evenson characterized AIPAC’s lobbying as “heavy handed”. Footwear wasn’t the only manufacturing industry disadvantaged. Provisions within the agreement immediately lowered all US tariffs on Israeli manufactured goods. However Israel was allowed to protect its own domestic industries through a floating 20% customs duty on any US import of its choosing. While in hindsight these provisions appear to be the result of savvy negotiating by Israel and its US lobby, an incident investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation suggests covert factors at work.
Israel negotiated with illegally obtained material [and] inside information about US industries. The FBI found AIPAC in possession of classified documents outlining the entire US negotiating position. The document in question, a report from the International Trade Commission to US Trade Representative William E. Brock contained proprietary data provided by US corporations under conditions of strict confidentiality. The trade document also outlined how far the US was willing to go in concessions and demands. Its possession by Israel and AIPAC provided an unfair advantage that was subsequently embedded in the FTA.
No charges were filed against AIPAC which confirmed possession and return of the classified documents […]
“A 25 year review about how the agreement was crafted, its parameters and results,” Smith concludes, “should lead to the cancellation of this treaty.” What Smith fails to take into consideration, however, is that “we have already reached the days of the Messiah” with the anointment of Trump, as Israel’s Interior Minister Arye Deri elucidates. “Therefore, we are really in the era of the birth pangs of the Messiah when everything has been flipped to the good of the Jewish people.”