5. Three billion dollars per year is a lot of money that could be used productively. The United States is in a severe recession, and we have our own economic troubles. $3 Billion would support the creation of over fifty thousand American jobs. Alternatively, $3 Billion could be used to feed millions of hungry people in Palestine, Gaza, Haiti, or Africa.
We Americans need to re-evaluate our emotional ties and sympathies toward Israel. There are three primary reasons why many Americans have developed a strong bias toward Israel, and all three deserve to be re-examined ...
1. The Jewish people were devastated by the mass murders of the Holocaust, and Americans have a tradition of coming to the aid of the weak and downtrodden. However, in 1948 Israel was carved, not out of the lands of Germany, but the land of the Palestinians. Further, and far more relevant today, Israel, far from being weak and downtrodden, is the most powerful country in its region. Israel holds an arsenal of atomic weapons. Israel holds its foot on the neck of Palestine.
2. Americans have tended to view Israel as a buffer against a perceived threat from Arab countries. It is time to ask whether America's strong bias toward Israel is not a major and justifiable cause of Arab anger toward America.
3. Christian Americans have tended to view Israel as a good caretaker for the city of Jerusalem — sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. Ask again whether this view of good caretaker is still justified.