- It is long past time for American politicians to quit
carrying water for the state of Israel and its powerful U.S. lobby. Congress'
craven obedience to the lobby is a disgrace.
- America's strategic interests in the Middle East lie
with the Arab countries. Israel is a strategic and economic liability.
The U.S. government's slavish support of Israel brands us as a hypocrite
and is responsible for most of the hostility toward the U.S.
- Americans have been brainwashed into believing that it's
the Arabs, and the Palestinians in particular, who don't want peace. That
is a big lie. The Palestinians made an enormous concession when they agreed
to settle for a state on 18 percent of Palestine. Saudi Arabia proposed
several years ago a peace plan in which all of the Arab countries would
recognize Israel in exchange for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories.
The Israelis rejected it out of hand, just as they reject Arab efforts
to have the Middle East a nuclear-free zone.
- Israel's goal is and always has been to take all of Palestine
and to get rid of the Palestinians. The Israelis employed ethnic cleansing
in 1948 and again in 1967 to make hundreds of thousands of Palestinians
refugees. For 40 years, the Israelis have refused to give back the Palestinian
and Syrian lands they seized in war. They have blatantly violated international
law by building settlements on occupied land, and by violating the airspace
of other sovereign countries.
- Palestinians are the victims, not the villains, in this
case. The Israelis make their lives miserable in the hope they will give
up and leave. At the same time, the Israelis, in cahoots with the American
government, maintain a charade of proposed peace talks. They of course
never come to fruition. The Israeli government is not about to allow the
Palestinians to have a viable state. If they give the Palestinians anything,
it will be a patchwork of enclaves completely surrounded and controlled
by Israel. Having created 700,000 Palestinian refugees, the Israelis have
from the beginning refused to allow them to return to their homes, farms
and businesses, all of which Israel confiscated on the specious grounds
that they were "abandoned property."
- Without U.S. aid, which now is conservatively estimated
to total $108 billion (think of the infrastructure and schools that amount
could build in the U.S.), and without the U.S. wielding its veto every
time the United Nations tries to act, none of this would be possible.
- It is not just the Muslim world that hates our pro-Israel
foreign policy, for sound reasons that it is unjust and cruel. Europeans
and others around the world are contemptuous of America's slavelike obedience
to a small foreign power. It has gotten to the point that to be seen as
an ally of the United States is viewed negatively.
- The Arab and Muslim people, with the exception of al-Qaeda,
don't hate America or Americans. It is the pro-Israel foreign policy and,
of course, our invasions of two Muslim countries that they hate. Virtually
all of the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim propaganda generated in this country
has its source in the Israeli lobby and in Israel itself.
- Thanks to the unconstitutional largess of the cowardly
Congress, Israel is a rich country and one of the world's leading military
powers. It doesn't need American aid. It is time to quit dancing to the
tune of a lobby with dual loyalties and to pursue America's interests.
- Americans are being betrayed by their own politicians,
and it's time to treat those scoundrels with the contempt they deserve.