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Israeli citizens grow concerned over price tag on war with Iran

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Lia Tarachansky of The Real News reports that many Israelis are growing concerned over the potential costs of a war with Iran — not in terms of lives or national prestige, but as measured in their taxes and in the prices they pay for basic goods.

Food prices have already begun to spike, with a rise of 6.7% this week in the cost of bread and 20% in the cost of fresh vegetables. Stories in the Israeli press predict that a war would cause the prices of oil and electricity, which have already started rising, to surge dramatically.

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Israelis have begun to engage in anti-war protests outside the home of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, but despite the protests, preparations for war appear to be well underway.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently gave himself increased powers to control parliamentary decisions and procedures, and time and money is going into providing protection for civilians against potential Iranian rocket attacks in retaliation for an Israeli assault.

Yarom Ariav, who was the Finance Ministry director general from 2007 to 2009, points out that the Lebanon War of 2006 cost billions, and that a war with Iran would be much more expensive and have incalculable long-term effects.

“Economists called the decade after the Yom Kippur War ‘the lost decade'” Ariav notes. “There was a decline in the standard of living. Enormous amounts were diverted into restoring the military establishment, at the expense of civilian budgets.”

“Someone will have to pay for it and that someone is the public,” he concludes.

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This video was uploaded to YouTube by TheRealNews on August 18, 2012.


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Congresswoman criticizes Republican press guy for claim Black folks don’t care about Kamala Harris: Does he know any?

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Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) hilariously mocked former press secretary Ari Fleischer, who worked for former President George W. Bush's White House. Fleischer claimed Black people won't be that excited about Sen. Kamala Harris on the ticket.

"She's just not that historically exciting to African-Americans," said Fleischer speaking to Laura Ingraham during a Fox News appearance after the announcement.

During a conversation with MSNBC's Joy Reid, the host called Fleischer "a sort of a bygone era Republican voice" and asked Bass to listen to his comments.

"I wonder how many African-Americans," asked Bass, chuckling.

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Trump calls funding for the Post Office ‘political’ — and holds up COVID-19 stimulus to stop it

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At Wednesday's White House press briefing, President Donald Trump launched into yet another attack on mail-in voting — and explicitly made it clear he'll hold up COVID-19 stimulus to prevent funding for the Postal Service.

Funding USPS, Trump complained, would be "political" — and he claimed that Democrats are the ones "holding up" the negotiations because "how are they gonna do it if they don't have the money to do it?" He reiterated that he believes the use of mail-in ballots in the 2020 election, a practice that has been in use for decades, "will be one of the greatest frauds in American history."

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WATCH: Kamala Harris makes Joe Biden tear up talking about late-son Beau as ‘the best of us’

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) made her first speech after being named as Vice President Joe Biden's running mate for November.

Among the things Harris addressed was her work with late Deleware Attorney General Beau Biden, who she said worked with her and other attorneys general during the housing crisis in 2007-2008 amid the great recession.

The opening address dealt with issues that the Biden campaign has advocated for over the past year of the campaign from equality to jobs and climate change.

A small tear appeared in the corner of Biden's eye as cameras zoomed in on him during her speech.

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