Cut Israel Off By Charley Reese

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By Charley Reese
11/16/07 “Antiwar

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.
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3 thoughts on “Cut Israel Off By Charley Reese

  1. Charley Reese has written a few items in the following article, that are not peace building initiatives but an isolationist approach. In general he makes sense.

    “Israel is a strategic and economic liability.” I disagree with this statement, Israel may be an economic liability, but not a strategic one. She is our ally and we cannot be jumping around from one to the other. State department has consistently failed in almost all its policies, let there not be another one.

    “Israel’s goal is and always has been to take all of Palestine and to get rid of the Palestinians.” Is this goal stated some place? Has any of the initial leaders pronounced this?

    “They have blatantly violated international law by building settlements on occupied land, and by violating the airspace of other sovereign countries.” And perhaps that is the reason the peace process is delayed, the Common Israelis need to speak out against this. This is wrong and is a detriment to peace. Whenever there is injustice, tables will turn around one day or the other.

    “The Arab and Muslim people, with the exception of al-Qaeda, don’t hate America or Americans.” Agree with that, and of course, our current administrations has no qualms in lying to the public and the neo-cons breed on chaos and cash in creating an environment of fear, we don’t need to be suckered in to their money making schemes.

    The Israel lobby will do more damage to the interest of Israel than any one else. They pursue a policy of taking advantage of others to the point, it will tilt the balance to the detriment of Israel. Any undue advantage taken by the lobby, will affect Israel.

  2. Peace Israel and Palestine

    Efforts must be made on a human level, on a person to person level. The goodness of a majority is dormant, if they can speak up on both sides, peace is imminent. Leadership has relied on their gun powder and ability to shove around to achieve their objectives, both have failed. They need to consider the human choice where family to family relationship is encouraged. If you want peace, Mother Teresa says, you talk with your enemies and not friends. More notes on the right panel.

    Jews have a need to be understood and be acknowledged of their eternal security needs, not the military, but mental security where they can put their guards down and live their life in peace.

    Palestinians have a need to be understood. They have suffered immeasurably, no human should be stripped of his or her hope and dignity; hope to have a family, work and own a house and call a place their homeland.

    Our Presidents need to seriously look at what works. They need to have the vision for peace. They must understand that it may be going against the general opinion and perhaps against the hand that feeds them. They need to take bold steps and produce peace for the people of Israel and Palestine. It will save lives and brings peace to them and takes a burden off us.

    We must protect Israel, our ally; however, if that protection is based on injustice to either Palestinians or the Jews, our integrity becomes questionable. We need to be above reproach. Mighty empires can crush the weak for a short term; in the long run every one goes down the tube. We cannot rob anyone and live with a good conscience.

    Watch out for the hate mongers, who go around campus to campus, pulpit to pulpit spreading chaos, cuasing people to entrench in hate and bringing untold miseries to the world, and of course, they will sucker you into investing in their campaign. Before you open your pocket book ask them to spend their time on spreading peace and giving hope and give them the check to do the right thing. If create chaos for others, it is guaranteed to envelope us.

    I will piss off “just a few” Muslims and “just a few” Jews for taking the stand I will take. However, it is time for the silent majority to speak up and act on. If we simply refuse to compromise and do the right thing, we will pass the hurdles. And all of us, including the extremists amongst us can see the light; peace for both the Palestinians and Israelis.

    The State department has not had fresh thinking for over 50 years now, every one that comes in including an individual like Collin Powell, they will succumb to the brain washing. They just don’t want to push the REFRESH button. Once the Palestinian Israel conflict is resolved, much of the fire around the world will start dwindling down.

    Let’s become the mitigators of conflicts and not provocateurs.

    I invite you to join me in offering practical solutions, with injustice towards none. If you feel there is an imbalance speak up.

    Mike Ghouse

  3. What a bunch of lies! Israel and the so-called “Palestinian Territories,” including Gaza and the West Bank represent only about 20% of “historic Palestine.” The other 80% is the country of Jordan. Read your history!!

    The Palestinians are perhaps the most sociopathic society on Earth! They follow a cult of death. They are no more interested in peace with Israel than they are in the stability of Kuwait. They are untrustworthy and have abrogated every treaty they have signed, including those with brother Arab countries.

    If there’s any “people” less deserving of a country of their own than the Palestinians, I’d like to know who they are.

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