BBC News - Obama seeks to cool Israel row over 1967 'border'
Okay, I get the need for diplomacy and blah blah blah. No, on second thought I don't. Israel is not a strategic ally for the United States. They have consistently embarrassed our leaders (see Joe Biden visits Israel the day Israel announces more settlement building), been a contributing factor to our inability to become allies with any other regional countries, and, most importantly, refused to honor international law by NOT building settlements in the occupied West Bank all the while keeping another two million Palestinians hostage (Gaza).
The threat of Iran is overblown - and to be quite honest even if they do acquire nuclear weapons there are a lot of other countries that should step up to do something. I don't know if anyone in America has realized this, but American citizens are not in direct harm from them having a nuclear weapons anyway. Why can't we let other countries fight their own battles? If we're going to give Iran a hard time about something, why don't we give them a hard time about their human rights record?
I just wish Obama could stand up to Bibi. He's really not all that terrifying. And okay, losing the AIPAC contribution wouldn't be great for the re-election coffers, but are you really willing to sell out just for a few bucks?
The US doesn't need Israel as an ally - especially not with hopefully democratic Egypt, and increasingly powerful Turkey. We can be friends (maybe even better friends) with other Middle Eastern countries. You know what they say about opposites attracting. Maybe the best marriage of US foreign policy and security goals lies not with our European-descendent friend Israel, but with its Arab neighbors that have done more to progress democracy in the past year than Israel has done in a decade, if not longer.
So please President Obama, stand up to your policy speech of last week. The Palestinians deserve to have someone in their corner for once, or at least not have a huge opponent across the ring.
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