Do you believe the US should continue to support Israel to the near unconditional magnitdue which currently does?
I’ve been reading The Israel Lobby by Mearsheimer and Walt and it provides a strong case against such by systematically debunking many of the myths about Israel and our support for it, and then describing the nature of the “lobby” which promotes those myths to secure continued massive economic and military support for the Jewish State.
Without regurgitating the entire book i’ll bring up a few major points from the first half which i found most startling.
1. Israel is not only the largest recipient of US economic aid (at about $500 per Israeli) but is also the only recipient who does not have to account for how the money is spent and is the only nation to receive its entire aid—mostly in loans whose repayment is perennially waived—in one lump sum.
2. Israel’s possesion of a nuclear arsenal was largely against US interests; Israel refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation treaty; refuses to admit they own a nuclear arsenal (despite it being well known by the 70s); and had its Nuclear inspections be as fraught with fraud and graft as any that was attempted in Iraq; by being the first nuclear power in the region, signifigantly accelerated other states like iran want to own nukes.
3. Despite claims about “hating our (US and Israel’s) values”, there is massive evidence that a chief cause of Islamic terrorism against the US is rooted in Israel’s continued brutality in the Occupied Territory, and our tacit support of it (via massive aid). To quote the 9/11 commission’s findings on Khalid Sheik Muhammed, “his animus toward the US stemmed not from his experiences there as a student, but rather his violent disagreement with US foreign policy favoring Israel”. Which is to suggest that unconditionally supporting Israel has often been the cause of US terrorism, not a way to stop it.
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