Israel is a big disappointment to many of us. Israel, once a David, is now a Goliath.
A former Israeli leader, Ehud Barack, had this to say about Israel’s situation: “We live in a dangerous neighborhood.” So true. Israel is surrounded by generally hostile and tribal regimes. Nevertheless, that is where Jews chose to live and build a state following World War II. After the Holocaust, in which many Europeans actively aided or passively stood by as Nazi Germany murdered millions, who can blame the Jews for wanting to leave Europe?
But that was then, this is now. Now Israel is a nation among nations and must build an independent national and foreign policy that works. Israeli foreign policy toward the Palestinians is failing, requiring multiple military incursions into Gaza that sow the seeds of future conflict. So why is the U.S. so reflexively supportive of Israeli policies?
To the U.S. foreign policy establishment, Israel appears to be just another minor piece on the board, along with Saudi Arabia, in the game of securing oil and profiting from it. To the politicians in D.C. it is a life or death struggle to stay on the good side of the powerful and well-heeled Israeli lobby, AIPAC. To our citizens, who front the tax money that goes to Middle East states like Egypt and Israel and to fund our military ventures in the area, it is an absolute disaster.
As a country America has sold its soul and reputation with a distorted and self-destructive foreign policy to satisfy our craving for oil. That more than anything else explains our subservience to the interests of Israel and the Sunni Gulf states.
I am not an idle bystander to events in the Middle East. I have relatives in Israel and while I was in the U.S. Army during WW II, I lost relatives to the ovens of Auschwitz.
I believe that by tying our policies to oil as well as Israeli and Saudi interests, our political leaders have been destroying our great democratic republic economically and politically. It’s time to cut the Middle East adrift and tend to our own problems. To do this we must stop supporting both the Democratic Party’s neo-liberals and the Republican Party’s neo-conservatives. Politicians like Clinton, Rand, Christie and the assorted ideologues whom we’ll be asked to choose from in the presidential election of 2016 will not serve the interests of our nation.
We must choose a new course with new faces.