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Virginia Goes Zionist
Jewish power manifest in the Old Dominion
Philip Giraldi • March 31, 2020

Politicians, bureaucrats and media talking heads have long turned a blind eye to
legislation and policies that benefit the state of Israel to the detriments of United
States’ interests. The U.S. Treasury is plausibly describable as a gift that never
stops giving to the people and governments of Jewish state. Since the foundation
of Israel in 1948, the federal government in Washington has provided some $142.3
billion in direct aid of various kinds. Currently, Israel receives $3.8 billion per
annum guaranteed for ten years, a sum that is supplemented by various
giveaways, tax concessions and co-production arrangements from the
government. Private “charitable” donations from individuals, businesses and
foundations, some of which are fraudulent, considerably augment those numbers,
making the total that Israel receives annually from the United States well in excess
of $10 billion. A considerable proportion of that money is technically illegal, as it
goes in support of the Israeli settlements on Arab land. No other country has
received anything even approaching what Israel gets from the American taxpayer
in one form or another and the one-way flow of money is also remarkable in that it
has been guaranteed well into the future.

Other benefits obtained by Israel from the United States are less easy to quantify,
to include the theft of U.S. military technology, which is then copied and sold by the
Israeli arms industry, directly eliminating American jobs in one of the few
manufacturing sectors that is relatively speaking thriving. There is also the
observable transfer of high-tech jobs from the U.S. to Israel, engineered by Jewish
billionaires like Paul Singer who are able to influence such decisions in the
corporate world.

Israel also benefits enormously from the United States-Israel Free Trade
Agreement of 1985, which is, by design, intended to give the Jewish state free
access to the huge U.S. market without any real reciprocity for U.S. companies to
enter the tiny Israeli market. Israel also is able to bid on U.S. government contracts,
including classified defense contracts, a practice that has led to several lawsuits
when the Israeli company gets a contract by lowballing the bid but then fails to
perform. In some cases, Israeli companies have submitted low bids to obtain
contracts at state and federal levels even when they had no relevant experience
and no facilities that can actually perform the work. They pocket the subsidies and
advance payments they receive from local governments and states and then
effectively disappear.

The desire of some American Jews who occupy powerful positions to aid Israel at
the expense of the United States is despicable, sustained by the lie that Israel is an
ally and that both countries ultimately benefit from the process. Israel’s ability to
impose its own priorities at the levels of Congress and the White House has long
been observed, but its political manipulation and ability to corrupt U.S. democracy
on behalf of a foreign power have lately been extended to the state and local
levels. This shift is due in part to the desire on the part of Israel’s promoters to shut
down the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It has
proven difficult to pass an unconstitutional national level ban on non-violent
criticism of Israel going through Congress, so the Israel firsters have instead
concentrated on the states. Twenty-eight states now have some form of legislation
that denies state services or jobs to anyone who does not sign an agreement to not
boycott Israel. A particularly draconian bill being considered in Florida equates any
criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, enabling any critic to be sued in courts for
hate speech.

A particularly egregious and also unique example of a state’s economic policies
being manipulated by a dedicated Israeli fifth column in government is the Virginia
Israel Advisory Board. Grant Smith, long a critic of the VIAB, heads the Institute for
Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP). He has written a new book entitled The
Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board,
which documents in considerable detail how the conspiracy by powerful Jews in
Virginia to benefit Israel has actually operated, much of it secretly through special
arrangements and deals. He has also had a long interview with Scott Horton of
Antiwar.com regarding the book which is well worth listening to.

The VIAB is unique because it is actually part of the Virginia state government. It is
funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is able to access funds from other
government agencies to support Israeli businesses. It is staffed by Israelis and
American Jews drawn from what has been described as the “Israel advocacy
ecosystem” and is self-administered, appointing its own members and officers.
While there are many Israel business promotion entities active in the United States,
only Virginia has such a group actually sitting within the government itself, ready to
make secret preferential agreements, to arrange special concessions on taxes and
to establish start-up subsidies for Israeli businesses. Israeli business projects have
been, as a result, regularly funded using Virginia state resources with little
accountability. Bear in mind that this agency exists not to promote Virginia
businesses but rather to give an advantage to Israeli businesses, some of which
might even be competing with existing Virginia companies and putting local people
out of work.

Virginia already runs an estimated $500 million trade deficit with Israel due to the
federal Free Trade Agreement and the promotion of Israeli businesses in the state,
which repatriate their profits to Israel, adds considerably to that sum. Smith reports
how VIAB is not just an economic mechanism. Its charter states that it was “created
to foster closer economic integration between the United States and Israel while
supporting the Israeli government’s policy agenda.” Smith also has observed that
“VIAB is a pilot for how Israel can quietly obtain taxpayer funding and official status
for networked entities that advance Israel from within key state governments.”

Jewish federations and groups active on behalf of Israel were present in Virginia
before VIAB was founded in 1996. Its Godfather was Eric Cantor, a state legislator
who later entered Congress as the only Jewish Republican, where he was a
powerful advocate for Israel. The board grew significantly under governor Terry
McAuliffe’s administration (2014-2018). McAuliffe, regarded by many as the
Clintons’ “bag man,” received what were regarded as generous out-of-state
campaign contributors from actively pro-Israeli billionaires Haim Saban and J.B.
Pritzker, who were both affiliated with the Democratic Party. McAuliffe met
regularly in off-the-record “no press allowed” sessions with Israel advocacy groups
and spoke about “the Virginia Advisory Board and its successes.” That was, of
course, a self-serving lie by one of the slimiest of the Clinton unindicted criminals.

And wherever Israel goes there is inevitably going to be the usual hanky-panky.
Many of the Israeli companies chowing down on the Virginia feed bag are located
on land stolen from Arabs on the West Bank. They are illegal under international
law, even if President Donald Trump and company have declared otherwise. And
then there are the conflicts of interest. VIAB board member Aviva Frye, whose
family mostly resides in Israel and who worked to obtain the government approvals
for an Israeli solar and wind energy company called Energix, located on the West
Bank, was subsequently rewarded with a company directorship. And one hand
inevitably washes the other. Board member Eileen Filler-Corn, a leading advocate
for Israel, recently became the first woman to become speaker of the Virginia
House of Delegates. Grant Smith reports how she benefited greatly in her
campaign by virtue of large donations from other board members as well as from
Jewish groups and Israeli companies.

The VIAB is little more than a mechanism set up to carry out licensed robbery of
Virginia state resources being run by a cabal of local American Jews and Israelis to
benefit their co-religionists in Israel. Grant Smith observes how some pushback is
finally in evidence, due to fraud in accounting procedures that have been exposed
as well as environmental devastation for various projects that were never
completed. Some human rights groups have also begun to challenge the illegality
of the Israeli West Bank settlement-based companies involved. But it is not enough
and it is probably too late as Israel is never held accountable for anything by the
American Establishment. For my part, as a Virginia resident I have written and
called the governor’s office and the offices of my state Senator and Delegate. No
one has returned my calls or responded to my letters. Whose America is it? one
might well ask.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest,
a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023)
that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is
councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134
and its email is inform@cnionline.org.