I can't understand why Israel doesn't understand that it has become the pariah among the nations. Our best ally? Actually, we seem to be its only ally. Turkey had been friendly, but now that relationship is imperiled.
Our alliance with Israel is at the root of our conflict with the Muslims. Had we been smarter, and less subject to AIPAC political pressure, we would have resolved that situation years ago by forcing a two-state solution upon both the Israelis and Palestinians. Instead, we have spent over 60 years financing Israel (over 100 billion), supplying it with our latest arms, and vetoing resolutions in the UN asking Israel to stop building settlements on Palestinians land. They already had 70% of old Palestine but they keep building more and more settlements, along with Jewish-only roads to each of them. Why would a country genuinely committed to peaceful negotiation do this?
Israel is its own worst enemy. It seems to exude arrogance, as though the Palestinians are vermin - I believe some Israeli official called them grasshoppers or some such statement. I have visited the Holy Land four times, and in talking with Christians there came away with the impression that the Israelis are mainly responsible for the rise of Islamic radicalism. Actually, Israel first encouraged the formation of Hamas to compete with Arafat and Fatah, and look at what developed as a result.
Israel is helping Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremists who use our no-matter-what support for Israel to drum up more and more terrorists. Ironic, isn't it? Our ally aiding our enemy. We ask the Israelis not to build more settlements, and they thumb their noses.
The only rational policy for the USA is to be genuinely pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian. There is a case for both sides, but we have been misled into favoring only one side and demonizing the other. The Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, have been treated like dirt and it needs to stop. Certainly our tax money should not be underwriting such outrageous Israeli policies. And as for Israel being a democracy - very questionable. No Christian evangelism permitted. No Jewish-Christianj marriages permitted. Jewish-only roads. Shelters to protect Jews from bad weather at bus stops, no Palestinians allowd. Jewish Sabbath laws strictly enforced - no TV, buses, etc., Friday night to Saturday night. And we could go on. Yes, they have elections, but Hitler had elections.
I want Israel to survive, and America to prosper. To achieve these goals, our policy toward Israel must change. At the moment, Israel is despised around the world, in large part because of its own arrogance and state terrorism.
I could go and on and on, but I hope everybody has read "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy" by two professors - Walt and another.
By the way, do you recall Rachel Corriw, after whom the new humanitarian vessel is named? She was a young American college student who tried to save a Palestinian home about to be bulldozed by an Israeli wrecking crew. She was run over and killed! Or, have you raed of the Liberty event some years ago. Look it up. See how it was bombed by Israel, etc. Lots and lots of history Americans don't know. Sadly, our media is controlled by pro-Israeli people, our Congress is intimidated by AIPAC and its allies. The best president on this issue was Eisenhower who told Israel to 'get out' when it launched an invasion of Egypt in 1956. We've been led to believe that Israel is always being attacked. The facts are quite different. Not enough time or space here to elaborate.
God bless Jews, Palestinians, all sorts of Christians and all God's children.