How Do We Benefit From Israel?
In regard to Gayle Parker’s letter “Doesn’t Back Israel” (Oct. 10), if the premise of all foreign policy is “is it in the best interest of the U.S.?” then please answer this question: How does the U.S. benefit from our “special relationship” with Israel? Please list just five ways we benefit.
I know it’s sacrilegious (and political suicide) to dare question anything Israel does, but in the cold light of reason, some fundamental examination should take place.
Over the years we have spent hundreds of billions in support of Israel. We fought two Gulf wars in large part because in doing so, it benefited Israel.
Question: Has Israel ever sent troops anywhere to support the U.S.? Vietnam? The Balkans? Haiti? Panama? It seems absurd to even entertain that question, doesn’t it?
Has Israel ever donated troops to a U.N. peacekeeping force, anywhere? If not, why not? Meanwhile, what benefits have the U.S. gotten in return for our unquestioning support? The Arab world hates us. Think we’re not paying the consequences of that?
We sacrifice our sons and daughters despite our security not being threatened. We go further into debt. We lose respect around the world.
Consider: The U.N. sends peacekeeping missions to the world’s hot spots. For the last 60 years the hottest of those has been the West Bank and Gaza.
So why hasn’t the U.N. sent peacekeepers there? Answer: Israel objects! So the U.S., via the Security Council, dutifully vetoes any U.N. action. And the tail wags the dog.
Why should America fight Israel’s wars when Israel (1). has its own nuclear weapons; (2) has never lifted a finger to help us, anywhere (3). we’ve imprisoned Israeli agents caught spying on the U.S. (4). attacked an American destroyer and killed 34 sailors (Google USS Liberty)?
Meanwhile, Romney is ready to start another Middle East war to gain the support of pro-Israeli donors (Google Sheldon Adelson).
Gayle, if you’re determined to defend Israel, be my guest. Go to Israel, pick up a gun and fight.
But don’t ask America to sacrifice our troops and treasury, and don’t criticize our president for failing to kiss the backside of a foreign power.
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