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Why the Hell Are We Allied with Israel? The Sequel

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Back in January 2009, during Israel’s bombing of Gaza, I wrote an article asking why the United States was allied with Israel. After all, countries act on their instinct to survive and not for any higher moral purposes. Thus, if Israel possessed a vital natural resource essential to America’s well-being the current relationship between the two countries would be justified. If Israel’s geographic location were critical to the security of a trade route or a convenient military outpost I would have no problem with the relationship as it currently exists. But Israel possesses neither of these benefits for the United States. No, according to official Washington our support of Israel is a moral obligation because it is one of only two democracies (the other being Iraq) in the region and democracies must stick together.

Of course, this is a crock. What good is sticking together when it makes your citizens vulnerable to terrorist attacks? 911 was blowback for American bombing of Muslim land in Iraq in the 1990s and our unconditional support of Israel in general. The real reasons our elected officials in Washington sell us out on a continuous basis by supporting Israel no matter what are because they don’t want to be labeled anti-Semitic and they receive huge support from the American Jewish lobby and Evangelical Christian groups at election time.

Don’t believe me? The recent abrupt firing of media legend Helen Thomas is a testament to the power of the pro-Israeli forces in American politics. After 57 years in journalism her, “tell them to get the hell out of Palestine” comment was considered unacceptable and led to her professional demise. Was it reasonable that this one remark should end a career that included coverage of every president since Kennedy, various awards, and 30 honorary degrees? Even her previous comments made during the Bush years where she stated, "I'm covering the worst president in American history" and "The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself. All we need is another liar… I think he'd like to run, but it would be a sad day for the country if he does", didn’t get her in nearly as much trouble.

Helen Thomas is just one example of what happens when the wrath of pro-Israel forces is riled. Even though he stated time and again his support for Israel and before he made his comments on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul drew opposition in his primary battle against Trey Grayson from the Republican Jewish Coalition. Seems they didn’t like his non-interventionist foreign policy views and how they would affect Israel.

Examples of pro-Israel wrath aside, recent events are indicative of America’s absolute, yet nonsensical support of Israel. In January of 2009, Israeli bombers blew up an American International School in Gaza as part of Israel’s siege on that occupied territory. Not only was there no condemnation from Washington, there was no coverage by the mainstream media in the U.S.!

Then there was Vice President Biden’s trip to Israel when Netanyahu’s government announced new settlements would be built in East Jerusalem. A real slap in the face to the visiting American delegation since East Jerusalem is an important component to Middle East peace. Washington did voice outrage at Israel but little else happened and Israel still maintains its right to build settlements in the disputed area

Lastly, of course, there was Israel’s military raid on the aid vessel headed for Gaza. The attack on the Turkish vessel in international waters, where nine Turkish humanitarian workers were killed, was a violation of international law and nothing short of an act of piracy. Israel claims it was done in self-defense to prevent weapons from reaching Hamas in Gaza. But no weapons were found and let’s not forget the crux of the matter: Israel continues to imprison Palestinians in Gaza – an area of land too small to support the population and prone to being sealed off from the rest of the world by Israel at any time. Now, if we support Israel because it is a democracy, how democratic are its actions with regards to Gaza? At the end of the day, instead of outrage from Washington over Israel’s warlike act, Republican Senator John Cornyn introduced a resolution supporting Israel’s military action as an act of self-defense. Just another example of America’s unconditional support for Israel no matter what the Jewish state does.

Unbelievably, given these recent actions of Israel, Congress this summer will debate President Obama’s proposal to increase U.S. aid to Israel. A 2007 agreement between the two countries grants Israel $30 billion in military aid over a ten year period. After all of the actions of Israel mentioned above, the president wants to increase aid to her? What has to happen for Washington to consider cutting all aid to Israel?

And that is what should happen – a complete end to all American aid to Israel. We don’t have the money anyway. But it is just as wrong for the United States to support Israel’s apartheid as it was when we supported South Africa’s. Most of all, aid should be abolished because it puts America at risk of future terrorist attacks. Voting to end aid to Israel would certainly cost many members of Congress their jobs, but it would ultimately save American lives. Isn’t that more important to members of Congress?

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  • Sean Hiler

    Good blog for your point of view. I believe that President Obama walked out of a dinner with the Isreali Prime Minister. Doesn’t sound as if the relationship between this administration and Isreal is too cozy right now. Helen Thomas was not fired, because she said Isreal should get out of Gaza. She was fired for the rest of her comment which you conveniently left out of your blog.

    I agree that we should stop aide to Isreal, but we should also stop aide to all nations. Make it a level playing field. Isreal is outnumbered and outmanned without our aide. Since the world likes to hate the USA, then let us see how they like it without the benevolence of this country. There is no national interest in helping Indonesia or Somalia or Darfur. Let them fend for themselves as well. After the aide stops, the wars will start. The entire Middle East would go to war with Isreal (and likely with each other over natural resources). Would you then write a blog about the second genocide of the Jews within one hundred years? I doubt it. Your refusal to portray Helen Thomas’ true comment suggests that you may have anti-semetic feelings of your own. Perhaps you have been in Qatar too long.

  • Reluctor Dominatus

    I am wondering how safe you would be in Qatar if a regional war started…no threat from your host I am sure but surely there’s a threat from Islamists who would identify you as an American. My guess is that you live with a substandtial amount of cautions about where you can go, what you can say, and what you can do, especially any woman you might be with. The Middle East is an islamic nightmare where churches and synagogues cannot be build. Even believing in one sect as opposed to another will get you killed. And where in hell you came up with describing Jeruselem, the historic capital of the Jews, as some kind of barganing chip in America’s hand is absolutely indicative of your core belief that Israel is not a legitimate state. And what do you think would result from the US witholding aid and allowing Israel’s enemies to overrun her? I would posit they would celibrate their victory with a blood lust that WOULD rival the holocaust…and the they would set their sights on the US fully believing Allah was on their side. The US supports and defends Taiwan because of priciple. The same principle that demands we support Israel; they are democracies. And please, stop with the “apartheid” garbage…the left have cheapened words like “diversity” and “social justice” until the great majority of Americans equate them with the now overt attempt by the left to do the one thing they have in common with Islam; the destruction of Western democracies. That little semantic slight of hand will more than likely cost millions of people their lives when people say enough is enough. Listen close…it’s no longer a whisper. Oh, and PS The next time Israel strikes, I’m praying they do it hard and make no apologies. This time if they end up with a few thousand square miles in their pocket they never even think of ‘trading land for peace’…another BS solution from the left that has never worked.

  • Fivish

    The author is a Leftist appeasement monkey. Does he not know that the Islamofascists describe the USA as the Great Satan and Israel as the Little Satan? What does he think they mean by that? Israel and the USA are in the same boat and must support each other for their survival against a tide of Islam which is engulfing the world. Belgium has finaly woken up to the nightmare of a Moslem majority in its parliament! When will the West wake up and recognise that 9/11 was an act of war by all Moslems against the Infidel? Israel is the most legitimate and moral country in the history of the world; you delegitimise and endanger it at YOUR peril.

  • Puck Huvud

    How refreshing to read what so many Americans (and others) are thinking and talking about. Wish we had more blogs like this that dare to speak the truth. I think all we need is more people asking this simple yet powerful question “Why the hell are we allied with Israel”. I sure don’t see any reason. Why not create an unconditional ally of Rwanda instead? Or Norway? But if any of those countries start brutalizing innocent civilians, then we should immediately withdraw our support and maybe even rally our forces to protect the affected. Why wouuld Israel be immune from this? I am sickened by my tax money going to that country basically subsidizing all the atrocities Israel is committing on its neighbors. It also sickens me that Israel seem to have this reflexive “we are the victims” attitude even right after brutalizing innocent civilians. Lets boycott Israeli products until they start behaving like a nation worthy respect.

  • Puck Huvud

    By the way, Israel is a high tech super modern nation with an advanced infrastructure, nuclear-equipped military, health care, educational system and a GNP second to none. Why are we giving them aid again?

  • John Wilson

    Plus, it seems that the Israelis have become abusive towards the US, bombing our ships (USS Liberty) spying our government and bribing public officials (AIPAC).

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    The US supports and defends Taiwan because of priciple. The same principle that demands we support Israel; they are democracies.

    Actually, Taiwan was a military dictatorship up until about 20 years ago, so the principle in that instance had nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with Taiwan not being communist.

    The motivation with regard to Israel is much the same. Israel is a friendly face in a sea of more or less hostile Islmaic nations.

    We’re talking expediency here, not altruism.

  • Rick

    The Holocaust is like Big Foot, sells a lot of movies.

  • Tommie

    It is hard to be sympathetic to a people that is this shockingly brutal, and cavalier about it. Will keep this in mind next time we hear about the holocaust.

  • mysdefied

    At last! Someone else dares to mention the huge, obviously hard to miss, elephant crapping in the middle of the family room floor of foreign policy! I enjoyed the concrete example of the blatant censorship carried out on any who dare divulge their dislike of Isreal’s oppressive and cruel foreign and domestic policies.
    Their Nazi’s stamp schtick, whenever anyone dare question their actions, is getting old. How much longer do we have to obediently wade through their worn out “Hollow Cost” themes that play like a broken record in film, print, cable and radio? Meanwhile, the poor, persecuted Lord’s chosen screw it to the Palestinians and adjascent neighbors without consequence.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Hi, everybody!! Hey, great news! It’s raining here in Samaria, in Israel. Five feet of snow fell on Mt. Hermon last night. That is a potential of 14 meters of water to flow into Kinneret – for US in Israel to drink from….

    Now for the good news. I hear you all want to cut off aid to us. Great idea! we in Israel do not need your money. We can deal with the fakestinians, and all the other savage barbarian shit surrounding us, without you arrogant Americans. We can take a crap without you too! So go write your representatives in the States to tell Barak (your loyal Clinton-puppet and bag man) to shove it up the wazoo with his requests for aid.

    BUT THEN GET YOUR DAMNED FACES OUT OF OUR BUSINESS! YOU ARE NOT WANTED HERE! YANKEE, GO HOME! GET OUT AND STAY OUT!

  • http://www.RoseDigitalMarketing.com Christopher Rose

    So you’ll finally be giving up your American citizenship then, Ruvy?

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    My citizenship is my ONLY guarantee that I will get the Social Security pension owed me, Chris. So, on the off chance that there is still a dollar worth spending in late 2013 (the very earliest I can apply), I’ll hold onto the citizenship. If the dollar goes, and the SSA goes, then I can forget about American citizenship – it will be worth less than toilet paper. There won’t be a pension worth collecting, either.

    Yup, in the end, American citizenship is all about money, not principles. You forget that Americans tend to worship the almighty dollar. Most of the comments here are about not wanting to give those dollars to Israel.

  • Ruvy

    No. It costs too much money (they charge $500) – and I refuse to fund the American gov’t – period!