Is Our Alliance with Israel Worth the Trouble?

                With every day that passes Iran becomes more dangerous. It appears that they are committed to reaching nuclear capacity and developing a weapon of mass destruction. This means that with every passing day Israel and Iran are closer to an armed conflict. Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has voiced his desire to wipe Israel off the map. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has promised Israel will use military force to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and will act alone if necessary. With an armed conflict appearing almost inevitable there is little doubt the United States will join the armed conflict on the side of Israel. There is no question that a nuclear Iran should be considered a threat to America; the real question is this: should America still be fighting in the Israeli corner?

Patriotslog has been considering all the angles to this question for quite some time, and after weighing in all the consequences the evidence suggests it is not worth the trouble. Does Israel even provide a single advantage being our ally? They certainly do not give us any economic advantage, and our involvement with them continuously breeds negativity from the rest of the world. I suspect the most conservative of readers will argue that an alliance with Israel gives us a strategic military position of power in the Middle East. Patriotslog will challenge this idea with the assertion that Israel has become liability, in the policy, influence, economy, and military aspects of our foreign relations.

                Recently the government convened an analysis of our situation in the Middle East. The results came in an 82 page report titled “Preparing for a Post Israel Middle East.” Needless to say, in our ideologically divided nation, a report like this emblazons many passions. However, the report uses a lot of logic. Israel has been known to spy on us and intentionally steal intelligence from us. Would we let any other ally get away with that? Israel also participates in many illegal arms transfers; the report continues, “this includes supporting more than 60 ‘front organizations’ and approximately 7500 US officials who do Israel’s bidding and seek to dominate and intimidate the media and agencies of the US government which should no longer be condoned”. Patriotslog currently has a freedom of information act request pending for a copy of this report, but currently we do not have a copy and therefore cannot provide specifics on who or what those front organizations or officials are, or how much influence or detriment they have on our nation. However, the point still stands that Israel is and has been spying on us–their greatest ally–and participating in illegal arms deals. Again, would a real ally do that?

Israel supports, condones, and practices, as a sovereign government, severe racial discrimination. This is not the individual people being racist; this is the government of Israel intentionally discriminating against the Palestinian people. They have forcibly removed scores of thousands of Palestinian people from their homes or businesses to make room for Jewish interests, while allegedly killing hundreds. They discriminate in education, business, and housing. Has there been any other ally of the United States–post-WWII–that has done these things? Israel has supported anti-Palestinian terrorism in the

Israeli terrorist attacks on Gaza

West Bank. How can we support a Jewish terrorist act but deplore an Islamic terrorist act? Israel is pushing with increasing aggressiveness to create a religious state, where Jewish law becomes Israeli law. The United States has opposed creation of Islamic states, how can we support the creation of a Jewish state?

I know some readers are thinking that we do not support those things. Israel is a strategic ally, but we do not have to support their actions. To this I argue, why has no other ally in our modern era done these things? Any ally that has thought of or suggested these things has been scolded by our nation: why does Israel get away with it? Moreover, if we continue our alliance with Israel we are de facto supporters of their actions. It would be virtual suicide for anyone to attack any nation that has strong support from the United States. Israel has become our crazy-super-model girlfriend. She is very difficult for us to deal with, and certainly causes more harm than good to us; but we refuse to break up with her because of her sex appeal. We are losing our friends, our money (billions of dollars in aid to Israel, while our nation is in massive debt), and our credibility for keeping our sexy super model around, but we are afraid of what life might be like should we end the parasitic relationship. Moreover, when a caring individual does step in and try to help, we insist our dazzling beauty is not crazy at all, and deny the fact that she needs counseling. We are de facto enablers of the Israeli policies.

Our support of Israel is tantamount to a six decade blind support of Afghanistan. Imagine the outrage from our public if we supported Hamid Karzai, no matter what he did, for the next 53 years? We would keep spending billions, irritating the world, and losing credibility; and for what? A base closer to Pakistan or China? This does not make sense! Most Americans believe that once we have secured the safety of Afghanistan we need to let them be their own nation, as long as it is not a terrorist nation. Why is this different with Israel? Why can we not see that we deserve better than our blonde bombshell girlfriend? When it comes to national alliances, the girl next door is almost always a better choice.

George Washington, in his farewell address, warned our nation that the two most dangerous things for our nation are radical political parties, and perpetual alliances. Given the evidence, can you think of two things that hurt our nation more? Maybe a little more evidence will help.

In 2004 the Pentagon released a strategic communications report. The conclusion; our problem in the Middle East is not ideological or religious, it is occupational.

“Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom’, but they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the longstanding, even increasing support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably, Egypt Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the Gulf States.”

They do note hate us because we are American. They hate us because their dictators are our allies, because we have a perennial presence in the Middle East and perpetually stick our nose in their business. We have placed such huge emphasis on keeping Iran from reaching nuclear capabilities, but why? We are now their enemy and this policy makes sense for American security, but has it always been that way? The logical answer is that Iran supports terrorists and provides recruits for violent jihad; yet if you think about it, so does Pakistan. The Haqqani network might be the biggest reason Afghanistan is not yet secured, and Pakistan has had a shaky history with India, very similar to that of Iran and Israel. With Iran, it is our crazy girlfriend that is threatened. We cannot let that happen. Of course we have already gone down this road and we cannot turn back now that Iran also views us as an enemy. I wonder if we had stayed out of their business from the beginning, would it be this way? As little as 25 years ago Americans were welcome in Iran; not any longer.

The report goes on to highlight that the American occupation of the Middle East is the most chaffing irritant to the Islamic people. While many boundaries–race, language, religious sect, culture, and ethnicity–divide the Muslim world, a sense of American oppressiveness unites them.

 “Muslims see Americans as strangely narcissistic–namely, that the war is all about us. As the Muslims see it, everything about the war is–for Americans–really no more than the extension of American domestic politics and its great game…When Americans talk to Muslims they are really just talking to themselves.”

                Many Muslims see our presence in the Middle East as an extension of our support of Israel. It is us being there, not us being Americans that angers them. Some of the largest Muslim nations in the world–Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Nigeria–the United States has stable and often positive relations with. If our identity as a nation was the problem, this would not be the case. The largest problem is our relationship with Israel. Though we may have gone beyond the point of no return with many of the Islamic radicals–now equating America with evil as they do Israel–the majority do not feel this way. The problem is that the longer we stay with our Israeli girlfriend the smaller this majority becomes. A break up now would pull the rug out from under much of the recruiting strategy terrorists now use. It may take a generation, but if our policies that no alienate the Muslim world are abandoned the chances of them abandoning their radicalism will be far greater. There will always be a portion of Islam that will hold to their radical terrorist ideologies, but as long as we are seen as colonialist invaders that portion will continue to grow. Our alliance with Israel serves us no benefit we could not easily find somewhere else. George Washington was right: our alliance with Israel is not worth the trouble.

 

–Matt Young

6 October, 2012

About patriotslog

I am studying to achieve a double major in political science and journalism from the University of Kentucky. I am married to a wonderful woman named Sierra. I am starting this blog because I feel the political climate in Washington is carving deep canyons for our children to climb out of. Our representatives, on both sides of the isle, do not represent us, they represent the lobbyists.This blog is not to give answers, but to make people think. I believe the more we think about our ideas the better they will become; as opposed to becoming more and more intrenched in far left or right wing brainwash, where it seems nobody thinks anymore. I hope y'all enjoy.

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