To the Editor:
I keep hearing that Israel and the United States have a special relationship.
It is absolutely true. No other country in the world can tell the United States to jump through a hoop and we do it.
No President of the United States since Jimmy Carter has really accomplished anything in the Middle East.
He did so because Began and Sadat wanted the chance for peace.
Both were killed by their own people because of it. It has held because both countries want it to continue.
Every President since has tried to solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem. Israel has a messy political system so every Prime Minister has problems with the far right nutty parties who don’t want peace.
One reason they don’t want peace is the $12 billion we give them each year.
Without it, Israel goes bankrupt in a year. If the Arab countries stop subsidizing the Palestinians and we the Israelis, then peace will suddenly breakout.
Why have we kowtowed to Israel? They have laid the Holocaust guilt at each President’s and Congresses’ feet and kept them to the fire by anti-defamation leagues, numerous well placed mouthpieces, and high priced lobbyists.
Oh, don’t forget that $12 billion come back to our armaments manufacturing companies, which put some of it into campaign chests.
Last fall, Kerry put together a group of Arab countries and Israelis. Israel got everything they wanted, but Netanyahu broke away because the far right would have brought his current government down.
They valued their elected and appointed positions more than peace. That is why President Obama was so cool to the Prime Minister.
Just like in so many other countries, a few people are pulling the strings of their country’s leadership.