Jew academic: Stop pampering, save Israel

Despite a latest Bloomberg poll which reported that 47% Americans don’t support Israel over United States, everyone of the half a dozen candidates bidding for the 2016 presidential election is bending backward to show his loyalty to Israel over United States. Carly Fiorina promises to make Israel her first phone call as president. Mike Huckabee is “just nuts” about Israel. Jeb Bush calls settlements “apartments.” Ben Carson wants to transfer the Palestinians to Egypt. Marco Rubio has taken to dining with top-donor Sheldon Adelson. Ted Cruz is making the rounds with Fire Island’s pro-Israel community. And, Lindsey Graham said if he is president he will have the first “all-Jewish” cabinet. Hillary Clinton says “everything I do, will always be for Israel.” On June 16, former Israeli ambassador in Washington, Michael Oren, also took a Talmudic shot at Barack Obama at Jewish Wall Street Journal for betraying Israel on Iran’s nuclear program. Two American Jewish oligarchs with dual nationality; Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson, have set a guideline for the US presidential hopeful: Israel First, or Israel First. Iraqi-born Jewish professor Alon Ben-Meir in June 18 blog post has urged Americans to stop their blind support to the Zionist regime if they don’t want Israel to destroy itself. US-Israel relations are presently at a historic low because Obama was willing to show a little tough love by exerting limited pressure on Israel to suspend settlement activity. The irony here is that while the US believes that Israeli-Arab peace will provide Israel with ultimate long-term security, it did not exert sufficient pressure on Israel to pursue peace, which of necessity requires significant concessions. Every day that the US allows the continuation of the occupation, it is inadvertently compromising Israel’s national security, even though the US is committed to safeguard that very thing. Israel is digging itself deeper while the US remains its protector and the prospect for a two-state solution becomes dimmer, threatening Israel’s very existence as a Jewish and democratic state. The US must no longer give Israel a blank check, hoping that it will use it wisely. Israel has failed that test and the US is becoming as a result complicit in Israel’s self-destructive policy. Given that the US has a moral and material stake in Israel’s wellbeing and is committed to its preservation, it must be in a position to shape and influence Israel’s conduct, particularly in relation to its conflict with the Palestinians. There are those who argue that Israel is a sovereign state and no other country, including the US, can dictate what Israel can or cannot do. The problem is that Israel depends on the US politically, and to safeguard its national security, and cannot at the same time defy the US and continue to expect this unconditional support. Other than the damage the US’s current policy has caused to Israel’s national security interests, the US has lost much of its credibility in the region. The Arab states accuse the US of lacking impartiality in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and they go as far as suggesting that America is in Israel’s pocket.

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