"That Was All I Had To Say"
Had the Arab leadership had the foresight to accept the partition plan, things could have been much different. Considerable bloodshed could have been avoided. A prosperous Palestinian state could have existed alongside Israel on far more territory than it can possibly attain today. But that's not what happened and the short-sighted decision of the Arab leadership had enormous opportunity costs.
You relation with Israel is that of an abused women and her violent husband. We can do anything if you don't want to help yourself first.
If, say, China suddenly decided that California is now the "home of the Cherokee people" and these proceded to an ethnic cleansing against non-red people there, dio you think the US will take it so easily? You are inflicting on people things you wouldn't accept for yourselves. And besides, the Palestinian authority is more open to a solution than Israel - why would Israel want peace, if it's winning the war? This 97% mantra is bull****, as the said territory would be crissed-crossed will zionist hilltop forteresses, Jews-only highways and security fences, and you know it. Olmert, which is Israel's man in Palestine since the democratic election of Hamas, is meek as a lamb and look at the land Israelis are stealing in his WB as we speak so pleasantly.Israel didn’t just “seize territory.” The historic experience is far more complex. Israel accepted the UN’s partition plan. The Arab side did not. The latter attempted to conquer Israel, but lost the war. Israel has fended off aggression for the duration of its independence since 1948. At the same time, Israel has ceded territory for peace. It gave up the Sinai Peninsula in exchange for Egypt-Israel peace. It offered to give up virtually the entire Golan Heights for peace with Syria in 2000, but President Hafez Assad rejected those terms. It was willing to give up all of the Gaza Strip and 97% of the West Bank in return for peace with the Palestinians when it accepted President Clinton’s bridging proposal in 2000 and up to 98% of the West Bank (along with all of the Gaza Strip) in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s 2008 initiative. The Palestinian leadership rejected both proposals.
I can see no interest for the US to have Israel as an ally. Please name one, and no, the facility with which Israel finds the US ennemies and uses for its citizen's money are not among them.Nations maintain relationships based on interests. The U.S. has longstanding partnerships with a number of moderate Arab states on account of shared interests. Those states include Egypt and Jordan.
And makes war on the other ones. But at least, the reason why the US is ally with arab nations is clear: Oil. There is no such hard value with Israel.The U.S. trades with many of the Arab states.
Look, it may have a vast palette of political choices indeed, but looking at the Knesset's composition will quickly make one draw the conclusion that Israel is a far-right country.Israel has had a range of governments including left-of-center Labor governments, centrist Kadima governments, and right-of-center Likud governments. The U.S., too, has had governments with Democratic and Republican Presidents. This diversity in governing represents the political maturity that both the U.S. and Israel share. Whether one chooses a parliamentary democracy as in Europe, U.S.-style democracy, or some other form is immaterial. Those democratic states have representative and inclusive government.
If money is such an un-problem, who are these guys in the street with the tea pouches? Why is this rich guy ripping his shirt off crying about taxes?Assistance (financial, educational, etc.) for people in poverty, need, etc., and foreign aid are not mutually exclusive.
"That Was All I Had To Say"
I doubt we "give" foreign aid to Israel or anyone else. Haven't looked in to it, but just knowing the way the US and the world works.... it's most likely a loan of some sort.
Second - the Arabs attacked with what? They have been disarmed by the UK before. Did Deir Yassin occured after may 15, or before?
The partition plan was wrong, because it was drawn on racial lines - racial lines, in this day and ages and after the race-cleansing horrors we just witnessed in WWII. What was the Ukrainians' claims to Israel, I still wonder.
I don't believe that for a second. If there was peace between Israel and Palestine, the Israelis would have to break it to seize the rest of Eretz Yisrael.Had the Arab leadership had the foresight to accept the partition plan, things could have been much different. Considerable bloodshed could have been avoided. A prosperous Palestinian state could have existed alongside Israel on far more territory than it can possibly attain today. But that's not what happened and the short-sighted decision of the Arab leadership had enormous opportunity costs.
"That Was All I Had To Say"
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius