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Can America Afford To Continue To Unconditionally Support Israel?

On Monday Israeli forces attacked a flotilla of ships bringing humanitarian aid to the Palestinians of the Gaza region who have been cut off from most supplies by the Israeli government for the last three years. The ships out of Turkey were inspected prior to departure and contained no weapons of any kind. Despite this the Israeli military directed commandos to board and take the ships while the ships were in international waters. When the people aboard the ships resisted they were met with deadly force and current information indicates that nine civilians were killed.

While Israel claims the ships carried terrorist sympathizers, independent sources refute those claims. Israel has presented no evidence to support their claims that their actions were justified in any way. The government of Turkey, an ally of Israel, is condemning the actions and calling for Israel to be held accountable for the deaths of the civilians on the ships attacked. The United Nations Security Council has called for an investigation of the event but stopped short of fully condemning the actions of Israeli forces mostly due to US pressure to avoid using language that is overly critical of Israel.

Tuesday Egypt announced that it would open its border with Gaza indefinitely as opposed to the monthly humanitarian supply opening it had been doing previously. While this will increase tensions between Egypt and Israel it is seen by many Middle East observers as a concrete decision by Egypt to support the Palestinians regardless of what it will mean to Egyptian/Israeli relations. With pressure increasing on the United Nations to take punitive action against Israel while the United States uses its permanent Security Council member status to block punitive action tensions in the region are bound to increase. What is being seen by many as American protection of Israel will undoubtedly increase anti-American sentiment in the region.

Given that America is fighting wars on two fronts in the region and there as of yet has been no evidence of justification for Israelís actions against the Turkish ships can we afford to steadfastly support Israel no matter the cost? American ties to Israel have been strong since the inception of the Jewish state but increasingly our relationship with them has caused more animosity towards America than would exist without our relationship to Israel. In addition Israel has become less willing to listen to American advice on their actions when it comes to the Palestinians. Over American objections Israel has bombed Palestinian civilians killing women and children that had nothing to do with the terrorist groups Israel was claiming to be after. The Palestinians have been cordoned off into small contained areas with limits placed on basic humanitarian supplies allowed into the region. Some have even compared the conditions in Gaza to the conditions in the Jewish ghettos established by the German government during World War II.

With tensions in the region on the rise and Israel seemingly at the heart of many of them can America afford to continue to support Israel blindly? With Israeli actions towards the Palestinians in Gaza being compared to the treatment of Jews in the Nazi ghettos and Israelís refusal to accept any responsibility for their actions it seems appropriate to reexamine our relationship with Israel. While nobody wants to think that one of our allies is capable of committing horrible atrocities against defenseless people we need to be realistic enough to not look at Israel through rose-colored glasses. If Israelís actions pose a real threat of war in the region we need to condemn them, suspend trade and cut our political ties to them until such time as they change their behavior.

If another nation had done the same things Israel has done to the Palestinians to one of our allies we would be mobilizing troops to defend our ally. We should not treat our allies any different when it comes to questions of human rights or crimes against humanity. If the actions of the Israeli government represent a real threat to the safety and security of the region we need to do everything in our power to stop Israel from taking those actions. If that means a trade embargo and withdrawal of all military support for Israel then the Congress and President need to have the strength of will to do it.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article



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It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

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Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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