The plain truth about Israel

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In other times, Hearst Newspapers White House Correspondent Helen Thomas’s demand that the Jews “get the hell out of Palestine,” and go back to Poland, Germany and America would have been front page news in every newspaper in the US the day after the story broke. 


In other times, had the dean of the White House Correspondents Association expressed such hatred for the Jews, the White House would have immediately removed her accreditation rather than wait three days to criticize her. 


In other times, the White House Correspondents Association would have expelled her. 
In other times, her employer – Hearst Newspapers – would have fired her. 


But in our times, it took days for anyone other than Jews and conservatives to condemn Thomas’s vile statements to Rabbi David Nesenoff. And she was not fired. She was allowed to retire.


Our times are times of Jew hatred. Our times are times where hatred breeds strategic madness. Our times are times when we need to recall basic truths about Israel and the Jewish people. Specifically, we must remember that the US is privileged to count Israel as an ally – whether Americans like Jews and our state or hate us. 


This week, Anthony Cordesman from respected Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies joined the bandwagon of Israel bashers. In an article titled, “Israel as a Strategic Liability?” Cordesman asserted that Israel “is a tertiary US strategic interest.” And given its alleged insignificance, Israel must “become far more careful about the extent to which it test[s] the limits of US patience and exploits the support of American Jews.”


Cordesman argued that Israel is only an asset to the US when it is giving its land away to its neighbors. He called for Israel to constrain its military actions and demanded that Israel “not conduct a high-risk attack on Iran in the face of the clear US ‘red light’ from both the Bush and Obama administrations.”


The fact that Cordesman’s article reflects an increasingly popular school of thought in the US is not testimony to its accuracy. Indeed, his arguments are completely wrong.


The plain truth is that Israel is the US’s greatest strategic asset in the Middle East. Indeed, given the strategic importance of the Middle East to the US national security, Israel is arguably the US’s greatest strategic asset outside the US military.


Cordesman allows that “Israel is a democracy that shares virtually all of the same values as the United States.” But he fails to recognize the strategic implications of that statement. As a democracy, unlike every Arab state, the US does not need to worry a change in leadership in Jerusalem will cause Israel to abandon its alliance with the US. This of course is what happened in Iran – which until 1979, was the US’s most important ally in the Persian Gulf. As Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak ages, the US faces the prospect of a post-Mubarak Egypt led by the Muslim Brotherhood similarly abandoning its alliance with America. 


The fact that the US and Israel share the same foundational values also guarantees that the alliance is stable. No government in Jerusalem will ever sway the Israeli people away from America as has happened in Turkey since the Islamist Erdogan government took office in 2002. 


Cordesman grudgingly allowed that Israel provides intelligence to the US. But he refused to acknowledge how important Israel’s intelligence has been for the US. Since Sept. 11, 2001, US military and intelligence officials have repeatedly admitted that Israeli intelligence has been worth its weight in gold for US security operations in the region and around the world. 


Cordesman also noted that Israeli technology has contributed to US defense, but again, he undervalued its significance. The very fact that pilotless aircraft – first developed by Israel – are the lead force in the US campaign in Afghanistan and Pakistan gives lie to his tepid admission of Israel’s technological contribution to US security.


Like many on the Left, Cordesman ignored the fact that Israel’s enemies are the US’s enemies. But his failure to note that the same people who call for Israel to be destroyed also call for the US to be destroyed does not make this fact any less true. And since the US and Israel share the same foes, when Israel is called on to fight its enemies, its successes redound to the US’s benefit.


In many ways, Israel – which has never asked the US to fight its wars — has been the catalyst for the US’s greatest triumphs. It was the Mossad that smuggled out Nikita Khrushchev’s secret speech acknowledging Stalin’s crimes at the Twentieth Communist Party Conference in 1956. The publication of Khrushchev’s speech in the West was the first turning point in the Cold War. 


So too, Israel’s June 1982 destruction of Syria’s Soviet-made anti-aircraft batteries and the Syrian air force was the first clear demonstration of the absolute superiority of US military technology over Soviet military technology. Many have argued that it was this Israeli demonstration of Soviet technological inferiority that convinced the Reagan administration it was possible to win the Cold War.


Beyond politics and ideology, beyond friendship and values, the US has three permanent national security interests in the Middle East. 


Ensuring the smooth flow of affordable petroleum products from the region. 
Preventing the most radical regimes, sub-state and non-state actors from acquiring the  means to cause catastrophic harm. 
Maintaining its capacity to project its power in the region. 


A strong Israel is the best guarantor of all of these interests. Indeed, the stronger Israel is, the more secure these primary American interests are. Three permanent and unique aspects to Israel’s regional position dictate this state of affairs. 


First, as the first target of the most radical regimes and radical sub-state actors in the region, Israel has a permanent, existential interest in preventing these regimes and sub-state actors from acquiring the means to cause catastrophic harm. 


Israel’s 1981 airstrike that destroyed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor prevented Iraq from acquiring nuclear weapons. Despite US condemnation at the time, the US later acknowledged that the strike was a necessary precondition to the success of Operation Desert Storm ten years later. As Richard Cheney has noted, if Iraq had been a nuclear power in 1991, the US would have been hard pressed to eject Saddam Hussein’s army from Kuwait and so block his regime from asserting control over oil supplies in the Persian Gulf. 


Second, Israel is a non-expansionist state and its neighbors know it. In its 62 year history, Israel has only controlled territory vital for its national security and territory that was legally allotted to it in the 1922 League of Nations Mandate which has never been abrogated or superseded.


Israel’s strength, which it has used only in self-defense, is inherently non-threatening. Far from destabilizing the region, a strong Israel stabilizes the Middle East by deterring the most radical actor
s from attacking. 


In 1970, Israel blocked Syria’s bid to use the PLO to overthrow the Hashemite regime in Jordan. Israel’s threat to attack Syria not only saved the Hashemites then, it has deterred Syria from attempting to overthrow the Jordanian regime ever since. 


Similarly, Israel’s neighbors understand that its purported nuclear arsenal is a weapon of national survival and hence they view it as non-threatening. This is the reason Israel’s alleged nuclear arsenal has never spurred a regional nuclear arms race. 


In stark contrast, if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, a regional nuclear arms race will ensue immediately. Indeed, it has already begun. Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other states have all signed contracts to develop nuclear installations. 


Although they will never admit it, Israel’s non-radical neighbors feel more secure when Israel is strong. On the other hand, the region’s most radical regimes and non-state actors will always seek to emasculate Israel. 


Finally, since as the Jewish state Israel is the regional bogeyman, no Arab state will agree to form an open alliance with it. Hence, Israel will never be in a position to join forces with another nation against a third nation. 


In contrast, the Egyptian-Syrian United Arab Republic of the 1960s was formed to attack Israel. Today, the Syrian-Iranian-Turkish alliance is an inherently aggressive alliance against Israel and the non-radical Arab states in the region. Recognizing the stabilizing force of a strong Israel, the moderate states of the region prefer for Israel to remain strong. 


From the US’s perspective, far from impairing its alliance-making capabilities in the region, by providing military assistance to Israel, America isn’t just strengthening the most stabilizing force in the region. It is showing all states and non-state actors in the greater Middle East it is trustworthy. 


But every time the US seeks to attenuate its ties with Israel, it is viewed as an untrustworthy ally by the nations of the Middle East. US hostility towards Israel causes Israel’s neighbors to hedge their bets by distancing themselves from the US lest America abandon them to their neighboring adversaries.


The Obama administration’s willingness to effectively back Turkey and Hamas against Israel at the UN Security Council last week forced Vice President Joseph Biden to drop everything and fly to Egypt this week. Watching the US abandon Israel and strengthen the most radical actors in the region, the Egyptians are terrified that they can no longer believe in US security guarantees. 


A strong Israel empowers the relatively moderate actors in the region to stand up to the radical actors in the region because they trust Israel to keep the radicals in check. When Israel is weakened the radical forces are emboldened. Regional stability is thrown asunder. Wars become more likely. Attacks on oil resources increase. The most radical sub-state actors and regimes are encouraged to strike. 


Cordesman claims that Israel only advances US strategic interest when it works towards the creation of a Palestinian state. But this is wrong. To the extent that the two-state solution assumes that Israel must contract itself to within the indefensible 1949 ceasefire lines and allow a hostile Palestinian state allied with terrorist organizations to take power in the areas it vacates, the two-state solution is predicated on making Israel weak and empowering radicals. In light of this, the two-state solution as presently constituted is antithetical to America’s most vital strategic interests in the Middle East. 


In our times, when Jew hatred has become acceptable and strategic blindness and madness are presented as nuanced sophistication, it is essential to maintain a firm grip on the truth. And that truth is that love the Jews or hate us, the US’s alliance with Israel has been and remains America’s most cost-effective national security investment since World War II.


Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. 
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  • Marcel 06/07/2010 at 17:46

    Helen’s words from her heart is what lies under the surface of the majority of spoiled,arrogant,me first Americans.
    In her moment of euphoria she just let it slip.
    When there are no jobs and the America dream has disappeared,Israel won’t even get left overs because there won’t be any.
    You keep trying to sell Israel to the treacherous betrayers but they aren’t interested except for their phony sound bites for the camera’s.
    How come the sheep being led to slaughter are often the last to see it ?
    The tired,old Uncle Sam isn’t what he used to be,he’s broke and unable to deal with another war front and the drowning old man is throwing all excess weight off, cutting his losses in order to save himself.
    Having prior experience the worn out and sickly fellow finds it easy to discard once useful allies when self survival is in question.
    if you haven’t noticed,Israel’s great hope and salvation is terminal and will no longer be an asset or of any help unles you count lying words from Obama and Co.
    Time to move on Caroline and deal with the offense to sooner end the affliction Israel is under.
    That is what it will take to get Israel’s attention.
    Israel being stunted in the faith department cannot read the handwriting on the wall and refuses to let go of this dead weight drowning, old,has been empire.
    Hosea is the prophet every one in Israel should read again and again until they get it.
    ‘For the spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray,
    And they have played the harlot against their God.’
    Hosea 4:12
    I will return again to My place
    Till they acknowledge their offense.
    Then they will seek My face;
    In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”
    Hosea 5:15
    the pride of Israel testifies to his face,
    But they do not return to the LORD their God,
    Nor seek Him for all this.
    Hosea 7:10
    You have plowed wickedness;
    You have reaped iniquity.
    You have eaten the fruit of lies,
    Because you trusted in your own way,
    In the multitude of your mighty men
    Hosea 10:13
    “ O Israel, you are destroyed,
    But your helpis from Me.
    10 I will be your King;
    Where is any other,
    That he may save you in all your cities?
    Hosea 13:9

  • Ronnie M. 06/07/2010 at 18:07

    Israel should be condemned by the U.S. for these murders.
    Call it what it is.
    Why should we support this murdering state?

  • Kay Andre 06/07/2010 at 18:10

    Thank you for this article, i am learning more and more from your writing all the time.
    As i can see from this, and that’s been my opinion for a long time; Israel is, not just for the US, but also for the rest of the west the last outpost to prevent the Islamic takeover as the world leading religion. As we all know the final vision of all muslims is to establish the one big Islamic world. In Norway we got an kurdish man called Mullah Krekar who used to be the leader of an terrororganisation Ansar Al Islam in Irak. The Norwegian parlament have decleared that he should be sent back, but bacause of the danger that he can get killed they dont dare to send him back. He is now under protection of the Norwegian police because there was an attempted killing towards him in Oslo. This man went out in public here in Norway and told that his dream was a Islamic world under the leadership of Osama bin Laden.
    He have also threatened Norway : If you send me back to Irak, “something will happend” here.
    So i think it’s Israel and the Jewish people
    that takes the biggest impact in this battle.
    You are actually watching our back.
    Kay Andre
    This we know is the final goal of every muslim.

  • dane.gunderson 06/07/2010 at 19:17

    Today is the anniversary of the ’81 Israeli strike against the O’Chirac, I mean, Osirak nuclear reactor that prevented Iraq from acquiring nuclear weapons.
    Thank you…

  • Anonymous 06/07/2010 at 19:42

    Caroline, you are so right! Again I say, Israel does not need the USA; rather, the USA desparately needs Israel. Our leaders are incapable of seeing this, but the Lord God Jehovah will never allow HIS land to be destroyed by infidels, come what may. America is being destroyed by her “friends”, especially by the those who bash Israel at every opportunity. Shalom. r

  • 06/07/2010 at 19:56

    Of course you are right, Caroline. But you also assume you are dealing with a US administration that actually puts the self-interest of the United States first. But this administration, far from “protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States, seems hell-bent on bringing down the United States and our allies.
    What a farce this would be, if it weren’t so terrifyingly real.

  • Anonymous 06/07/2010 at 20:35

    I beleive that Helen Thomas needs to go back to the labortory to get her bolts tighten.

  • captnstarstripe 06/07/2010 at 20:38

    Helen Thomas has been a liberally biased boil on the neck of America far too long. Her bigotry is appalling & her apology was only due to being caught in the act of spewing her anti jewish sentiments. To say Jews should go back to Poland or Germany smacked of Nazi era sympathies. Like Dan Rathers & memogate, Helen Thomas’s career will be defined by her appalling comments.

  • Ana 06/07/2010 at 20:59

    It is not fine for Helen Thomas to slam Israel for their reaction on the aid flotilla but it is ok for you to mock the flotilla calling them terrorists and laughing at those that Israel killed. Israel and their government are not mother Theresa either, and if the Israeli government has nothing to hide, why are they not allowing an international probe to look into the deaths of members of the flotilla? Your moral compass is completely lost as is the moral compass of many people in Israel and around the world. The Isreali commandos met the flotilla with GUNS (high caliber) and you complain about the knives? They should sack you just like Thomas, for your lack of tact.

  • Ben 06/07/2010 at 20:59

    Caroline’s comments are well taken, however, anti-Semitism aside, America does not respect Israel, and it also takes Israel for granted.
    Israel needs to summon up some courage and give the United States a reality check. Some suggestions are: close the port of Haifa to the US Navy; second, kick the Americans out of their radar facilities in Har Karen and Netavim in the Negev; third, stop purchasing American made military equipment; fourth, stop sharing intelligence information with the USA. In short, Israel has to act like an independent and strong country, not like a client state of the United States.

  • Steve 06/07/2010 at 21:09

    The United States has been helpful with aid to Israel and in its own self-interest has kept direct Russian intervention out of the conflict but the Unted States time and again has acted like an enemy and has given continuous encouragement and assistance to Israel’s enemies.
    The United States is not an ally of Israel.
    Israel needs to defend herself fully and without compromise against all her enemies.
    It is the compromises that the United States has forced upon Israel which have been responsible for the Arabs coming back for war after war.
    It has been often stated using the same arguments you just used Caroline that have been made to the United States and it has fallen on mostly deaf ears.
    Let the United States pay fully for its foolishness. The only way the smug self-righteous Americans will learn is if they suffer for their wickedness. Israel should not act as an enabler and pull the United States out of the fire time and again.
    Let Israel defend herself with independence and integrity.
    Marcel as a goy idolator you have some nerve preaching to Jews about faith. You goddamn Christian Zionists think you have the right to preach to Jews – take your idolatry and go to Hell.

  • einat 06/07/2010 at 21:16

    It is truth that Israel alliance is strategicly worthwhile, but only if you belive US is in war, or threatened or has any enemies, which is not the case with BHO administration, or this guy Cordesman.
    One point went annotice. All this international deviltries against Israel are easily accepted, since it’s just Israel and it’s such a fun. But as they success so well, same methods will be used against respectable countries, specially the US.
    Whatever US attitude to Israel, all this international farces, NGOs running wild, funny trials, etc are absolutely against her interest. It means she is loosing any control on the world.

  • Anonymous 06/07/2010 at 21:25

    I love you Caroline Glick, for standing up to hatred, for telling the truth, and for being an Israeli.
    May God bless you.

  • captnstarstripe 06/07/2010 at 21:35

    I feel a very strong connection to the Jewish people of Israel. Even though I have never been to Israel, a part of my heart has made an Aliyah there. You are the people of the Bible. You have been regathered just as God speaking through the prophets said you would. Any child here in America who studies the bible would say Israel is the rightful homeland of the Jewish people. Let me say now what is in my heart. Israel needs to reclaim all her historic lands & knock that damn pagan mosque off of your temple mount. How is it the Jewish people can’t worship on your own temple mount? It is yours, take it! It should have been done in 1967 in my opinion. If the palistinians or should I say Philistines & muslims start another war then they need to know they are going to lose whatever lands they now hold which rightly belong to Israel. How did Israel let Bethlehem ever get under the control of the Philistines? They need to be driven out. They were Israel’s worst enemy in David’s day just like today. Drive them out of the West Bank. If the arabs in Jerusalem are becoming radicals, drive them out when the next war starts.

  • 06/07/2010 at 21:39

    While I value the idea of the Jewish state I’m concerned that the game needs to change.
    1. The Arab world will have more than triple the educated population of non-Arab North America and Europe if current trends continue.
    2. I’ve seen your recent You-Tube video about 20 times. The message becomes less believable over time. If there is suffering in Gaza then Israel could become almost as bad as the evil in 1940s Europe. I like the idea of having a spiritual advantage because I’m Jewish. I don’t want to loose it. If the suffering in Gaza is true we are about 2 steps away from death camps for Palestinians.
    There has to be a path to peace between Israel and even the most extreme in the Arab world. This ain’t gonna be easy. The Palestinians have no interest in sharing the major hurt the Jews suffered in Europe (I won’t even speak his evil name). So far what the Palestinians have suffered is less than 10% of what the Jews suffered.
    This point should be made if we want peace. Maybe if you ask them what they would do after a holocaust they might understand enough to stop sending rockets… or at least less rockets.
    It also sickens me that Europe didn’t want this holocaust recovering people to recover near them and their families. And this holocaust was after centuries of hate, witch hunts, and the like.

  • fxmeaney 06/07/2010 at 21:40

    Caroline,how clear your thinking, how right your words.
    The American people are convinced that Israel is in the right and is an important ally of and asset to the United States.
    Our president does not speak for us. We do not know for whom he is speaking. We shudder to wonder.
    Congress, as incoherent and incompetent as it often is, knows where America’s interests lie and supports Israel.
    It is shameful that Obama has pulled some of his supporters away from supporting Israel.
    Fortunately, he will not succeed in that effort with the next leader of the Democrats in the Senate, who will always be a staunch ally of Israel. This is also the case now with the minority leader and his party who are strong supporters of Israel and may soon move into leadership to the beneift of American foreign policy and relations with Israel.
    Americans will soon force Obama into a recognition of the importance of Israel to American security. Your compelling arguments will help in that conversion.

  • Marc Handelsman, USA 06/07/2010 at 22:10

    According to Mr. Cordesman’s article, , Israel is a third place U.S. strategic interest. Mr. Cordesman also argued that America could possibly contain a nuclear Iran by employing an “extended regional deterrence” from a U.S. commitment that could guard Israel, as well as its neighbors, against an Iranian nuclear threat. Mr. Cordesman mistakenly believes that a retro Cold War containment policy might keep the “Persian nuclear genie in the bottle.” What was clear from Mr. Cordesman’s analysis is that he does not grasp the gravity of a nuclear-armed Iran.

  • scott wilson 06/07/2010 at 22:10

    Hi Caroline,
    Great speech! Unfortunately it will land on deaf ears. The world isn’t ready or willing to hear the truth. Keep it up anyway, maybe a few will understand the realities. American Jews need a rude awakening to what’s at stake.

  • ANTI ZIONISM IS NOT ANTI SEMITISM 06/07/2010 at 22:27

    Zionist converts can’t claim Israel as theirs just because they read about the land in a book…then claim every Israeli reference as speaking of them when you are not the true Hebrew Isrealites the book speaks of. The Bible talks about a people enslaved for 400 years, yet Zionism hasn’t existed prior to 1897. I’m sure this comment want make it on this board, just as truth has yet to enter any of your ears. You were given your dual state, yet you continue to spill the blood of innocent men, women and children to take what is theirs. Crying about Hamas’ potential attacks if the blockade is lifted, yet yelling at the same time you had the right to “defend yourselves” by civilians bringing aid to the area that you refuse any other time. Do they not have the right to protect themselves from your own terrorism? Israel attacked these same civilians with weapons…what weapons were found on the flotilla? You’ve definitely got the US fooled…by making them feel guilty about the false stories you propogate. Your time will come…your lies will soon be exposed.

  • Rip Alinsky 06/07/2010 at 23:52

    As the USA fails because of its corruption and turning away from truth, Israel must face the ugly reality that it is increasingly alone. George Gilder’s book “The Israel Test” is an excellent introduction to reality for Jews and the rest of us. We must also face the fact that there is “evil” in the world. Why should we expect less of it than existed in the first half of the 20th century?

  • Geoffrey Britain 06/08/2010 at 0:07

    “Helen’s words from her heart is what lies under the surface of the majority of spoiled,arrogant,me first Americans.”
    Painting with such a broad brush is grosely unfair. So, up yours, Marcel. That is not what lies in the hearts of the majority of Americans
    “When there are no jobs and the America dream has disappeared,Israel won’t even get left overs because there won’t be any.”
    You old hypocrite. If the positions were reversed, we both know your position would be Israel first. And that is as it should be, so don’t fault us for putting food in the mouths of our children before we extend aid to our allies.
    “You keep trying to sell Israel to the treacherous betrayers but they aren’t interested except for their phony sound bites for the camera’s.”
    Betrayers? Look around, in case you didn’t notice, the American people are the only friends Israel has right now. Yes, Obama’s our Ehud Barak. But Obama’s hands are tied, he can covertly threaten but without sufficient cover, Congress won’t let him abandon Israel. And in 2012 we’ll elect another friend to Israel.
    “The tired,old Uncle Sam isn’t what he used to be,he’s broke and unable to deal with another war front and the drowning old man is throwing all excess weight off, cutting his losses in order to save himself.”
    We’re not as tired as the media would have you believe. We’ve been broke before and we know how to swim. Reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated.
    On a closing note, I do agree that Israel needs to wean herself from the aid America offers. The aid makes Israel dependent and even worse, it provides the leverage that the US uses to compel Israel, to accept the US setting the terms and boundaries of Israel’s foreign policy.

  • bielie 06/08/2010 at 4:59

    Go get them, Caroline.
    When Sarah Palin is POTUS she should make you Secretary of State.

  • Charles Smyth 06/08/2010 at 4:59

    While America’s 4th estate, represented by journalists such as Helen Thomas, gets worked up into a lather over the quality of life which pertains to the citizens of the territories under the control of Iran’s terror proxies, such as Hamas in Gaza Strip, it may be worthwhile for them to consider the summer of 1988, when thousands of Iranians whose crime it was to not believe in the designated God of the Ayatollahs, were summarily tried as apostates and hung, in batches of six. After which, they were shipped in meat wagons to mass graves, after the corpses had been doused with disinfectant. Their parents received their belongings in plastic bags. The Iranian regime, then and now, refuses to reveal where the mass graves are. And relatives are forbidden to gather at a suspected site, in a cemetery, in Tehran.
    Ali Khamenei, Ali Rafsanjani and Mir Hussein Mousavi, and many others in the Iranian hierarchy, have full knowledge of, and were complicit in this incident which is comparable to the Srebrinicia massacre, in scale, and which the UN and many other international institutions have refused to pursue, in lieu of endlessly beating up on the easy prey, of Israel. Mir Hussein Mousavi’s opinion on the matter is: “We had to crush the conspiracy. In that respect we have no mercy. It is the right of revolutionary governments to take decisive action against its enemies.” And Ali Khamenei defends his positon, by asking: “Do you think we should have given them sweets?”
    It is claimed that the Iranian opposition with Mir Hussein Mousavi in the vanguard, is–as per international propaganda of a similar quality to that which insists that Hamas and Hezbollah, are resistance fighters against Israeli occupation–moderate in contrast to the extremism of the ruling clique. But this is like claiming that an outbreak of Bubonic Plague is more moderate than an outbreak of Ebola Virus.
    Therefore, it is ridiculous that America’s 4th estate in consort with its international counterparts, is defending Iran’s terror proxies, vis-à-vis the necessary intervention of Israel.

  • Steven 06/08/2010 at 6:46

    Fantastic article.

  • Marcel 06/08/2010 at 7:32

    Steve ;
    Marcel as a goy idolator you have some nerve preaching to Jews about faith.
    NERVE ,YES, something Israel has lost completely as they now only know how to bend and obey their fake god in Washington.
    Everyone can see this except the idol worshipers and this is why your enemies are emboldened.
    There is a price you pay for this wickedness,this abomination of disobeying God and obeying reprobate,cursed Amerca.
    All the flotilla’s activists were deported and sent home by Israel after they were taken off the ships without criminal proceedings at the insistence of the Obama administration.
    Jews who who only choose the weakest,faithless grasshoppers and defeatists to lead them need much preaching to about faith in the God they ignore.
    Time to get of your knees to the US,STOP BEING SO APOLOGETIC TO THE WORLD and find some nerve!
    captnstarstripe ;
    How is it the Jewish people can’t worship on your own temple mount? It is yours, take it!
    They don’t have the faith to do what they should have done long ago,but especially it’s because they do not have permission from their idol to do anything.
    They are extremely and religiously obedient to their false god and will never disobey him.
    Israel is sick
    Only a sick body attacks itself and aids the Islamic cancer trying to kill it.
    Israel ,get well soon,7340,L-3902067,00.html
    June 8

  • Anonymous 06/08/2010 at 7:35

    As a muslim of course I condone Thomas’s remarks and agree she should have been fired. The Jews have a right to live in Palestine as do Muslims and Christians.
    World is not bashing Jews but oppressive Israeli government for its atrocious crimes against humanity. Israel is fast becoming a liability to US due to arrogance of its leaders.
    Also you imply that Israel represents interests of world Jewish community, an assumption most Jews disagree with. Just like no one country represents Christian or Muslim interests.

  • Jim 06/08/2010 at 7:46

    Like many on the Left, Cordesman ignored the fact that Israel’s enemies are the US’s enemies. But his failure to note that the same people who call for Israel to be destroyed also call for the US to be destroyed does not make this fact any less true.
    An entire article could be written on the American Left based on this statement alone… Thomas just got caught blurting what most progressives believe. How silly of her.
    Beautifully written Caroline, as always.

  • naomir 06/08/2010 at 8:08

    Caroline, as always you lay the issues out for us clearly and succinctly. Unfortunately the hatred will always be there and American Jews distancing themselves certainly adds to the current state of affairs. Of course an alliance with the US is necessary, but not at the cost of our honor and self esteem. We must be strong. G-d bless.

  • Beryl Dean 06/08/2010 at 10:07

    Caroline, as usual, you are correct on all points . . .except one:
    “THE FACT THAT THE US AND ISRAEL SHARE THE SAME FOUNDATIONAL VALUES also guarantees that the alliance is stable. No government in Jerusalem will ever sway the Israeli people away from America as has happened in Turkey since the Islamist Erdogan government took office in 2002.”
    Those shared values are slipping away while you write, as the present U. S. Administration stealthily removes them. Just as Turkey changed under its “DEMOCRATICALY-ELECTED” new president, just as Germany and Italy did in the 30s so can, and might, the United States. In fact, I submit that it is because of that gradual slippage that Cordesman could feel both comfortable and correct in writing his piece.

  • Pilgrim 06/08/2010 at 11:18

    With the ACLU and the US government left-wingers, the United States is falling away from its religious freedom. Bit by little bit, the new generation of Americans are growing up with no idea of what the Bible has to say about God and the Jewish state. When young ears hear day after day negative input about the Jews and see those around them rolling over to the Islam ways in our country, ( political correctness ) its no wonder the Jewish state is getting a bad rap. My feeling is to let Israel manage its own affairs and back them with there decision. Gee, its not like the US has not made its share of mistakes in our 234 plus years as a nation. Its all about politics in the US! With big brother ( Federal Reserve ) pulling ALL the strings. With the wealth of the world pulling our strings, ( politicians ) they will do anything THEY say. In my opioion, our laws are also being written by the “Money Changers” who rule our country! Nancy Pelosi said it right when she was pushing the Health Care Bill…..“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” WHO wrote this bill??

  • Ron Grandinetti 06/08/2010 at 11:24

    Caroline, Helen Thomas, likewise Anthony Cordesman are anti-Semites and are blinded by hatred of Jews.
    Fortunately a majority of Americans support and have a love affair with Israel and her people. They recognize Israel as our only true, trusted friend and ally in the ME. The rest of the Arab world has the worst human rights violations, treating their citizens and especially women like crap.
    Unfortunately we can say the same for Obama and his cronies as he embraces Islam and is not a friend of Israel.
    First of all the liberal left has to wake up to the fact the Palestinians are nothing more than an anti-Semitic tool used against Israel. They are not interested in peace as peace would not allow them to continue to harass and kill Israelis.
    Arafat was never interested in orchestrating a peace, he managed to convince the Palestinians Israel was mistreating them and they needed to strike back. Arafat was nothing more than a terrorist, thief and scumbag.
    Israel mistake was to leave Gaza. They should have took control and removed the terrorist Hamas, a proxy for Iran.
    Israel has no problem of allowing aid to come in to the Gaza, but will not allow weapons that will be used against Israel to kill her people.
    No nation would permit that.

  • Ron Grandinetti 06/08/2010 at 11:36

    Unfortunately we can’t say the same for Obama and his cronies as he embraces Islam and is not a friend of Israel.

  • Paul 06/08/2010 at 12:19

    Some really good stuff here. What I can never understand is why the Jews in America vote Democrat. Obama, I think is out of his depth.

  • naomir 06/08/2010 at 13:01

    As always, excellent article. Clear and concise. Thank you.

  • British Sympathiser 06/08/2010 at 13:55

    Caroline, Helen Thomas’s words are certainly despicable, but in view of their reluctance to remove her I wondered whether the White House people know something we don’t – it occurred to me that the old girl might in the throes of Alzheimer’s, and thinks she’s back in the 1920s. If she really thinks it’s pre-Hitler/Holocaust days then her words, while still offensive, would not appear quite so shocking. Just a thought. You’re a very brave lady, and I think it’s no accident that many of the best voices against islamofascism are or have been women; after all, Jewish or not, women ultimately have so much to lose at the hands of these benighted monsters. I’m thinking of , among others, Oriana Fallaci, Brigitte Gabriel, and the Spanish woman mentioned in this fine blog by British journalist Melanie Phiilips
    On the other hand, there are some women – feminists too! – who inexplicably seem to want to be the poster girl for Hamas. Among them is Lauren Booth, a third-rate journalist who trades off the fact that she is Tony Blair’s wife’s half sister. Lauren Booth is a “peace activist” who has been to Gaza. She appears, with veil over her yellow hair, on Press TV, Iran’s propaganda news channel that broadcasts 24/7 to the UK. If you click on this link, you can see her making, to wild cheers from a mob of usual suspects, an inflammatory hate-filled anti-Israel speech at an open-air London rally a few days ago in which – inter alia – she calls Israeli spokesman Mark Regev “an Israeli killer Zionist”. It ain’t pretty.

  • Bernie 06/08/2010 at 17:32

    Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships. Helen of the Washington press has a face that could sink a thousand ships.

  • Martin H. Leaf 06/08/2010 at 18:13

    Its shocking to see that the Jew hating feeding frenzy is being unabashedly promoted on such Catholic web sites as New Catholic Times, and One such canard in particular, shows how low these representatives of the Catholic Church have sunk: It is the lie that Sharon said with Peres on Oct.3,2001 “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jews, control America, and America knows it.”
    Despite pointing out the obvious racism and repugnant recklessness to allow such lies, an editor of commonweal, Grant Dellichio, decided that any criticism of such Jew hatred would result in the removal of the offended Jew (me), and not the offensive material.
    Like Caroline pointed out, times have changed for the worse. But some things have not: the Jew hatred of the Catholic Church, and all that results from that (i.e. the murder of Jews and the theft of their property).

  • Steve 06/08/2010 at 18:33

    We obey (and disobey) only One God and not a blasphemer, Sabbath breaker, snake oil salesman, fake prophet/messiah, and all around really lousy Jew, who couldn’t obey his own precepts let alone God’s but I agree our leadership suck up to the goyim when they shouldn’t. You’re referring to the wrong commantment being broken. It’s the 10th being broken not the 1st.
    We haven’t rebuilt the Temple because that’s the job of the true messiah, the son of David, who hasn’t arrived yet. In the meantime we’re doing just fine praying directly in spirit and in truth to the One True God who expects decent people to stick up for themselves.

  • ragged_soul 06/08/2010 at 18:48

    The con, methinks, is not of arab nor gentile making, but rather may be placed squarely on the shoulders of Jews. What was merely a bronze age tribal religion has become the epitome of what christians would call ‘satanism’. G_d by any other name would be ‘Satan.’ Prhaps this is why you are forbidden to name him.
    Any hatred towards Jews is brought on by your own delusions of superiority, this pathetic hallucination that you are ‘chosen’. To wit, the ridiculous book entitled ‘The Complete Guide to killing Non-Jews’ by the demon Shapira provides evidence that you are a demonic people at your very core.
    Pffft. Gilad Atzmon is right. You are a disgrace to humanity.

  • mustang63 06/08/2010 at 21:21

    Purely and simply, Helen Thomas may be the face of evil but she is merely a tip of a massive ice berg. The assertion that we are living in interesting times may be the world’s greatest understatement. We are living in a time when few nations find the courage needed to sustain civilized society. EU Members adopt policies placating Islamic extremism because they are spineless cowards —and so too are American heads of state. Who could ever imagine an American president bowing to a foreign monarch, or holding hands with a King as a child crossing a busy intersection?
    For more than sixty years, millions of dollars in Saudi money have aided socialist educators in transforming our young people into mindless morons. Our children and voter eligible young adults now believe terrorists are merely misunderstood freedom fighters looking for justice. The term “Submit or die” has no meaning at all to under-educated citizens; they are able to confront their own cowardice by pretending that such words are simply examples of Jewish propaganda.
    It is bad enough that the average citizen does not understand. When leading diplomats and politicians also do not understand, or place greater emphasis on their own career than they do the safety and security of their own country, then I suggest that we are beyond the point of no return. I believe the consequences are more than dire. We are approaching a critical junction, and we should ask ourselves, in what ways do leading nations and the farcical UNO and client states posture themselves for the ultimate deadly confrontation: nuclear Iran?

  • Bill 06/09/2010 at 0:26

    I see Israeli journalist Meron Rapoport found your video to be “offensive and crude.” It appears your country has the same standards for journalists as mine. In summary, I find Helen Thomas to be “offensive and crude” and I REALLY find smuggling rockets into Gaza and launching them into Israel … very “offensive and crude.” But I enjoyed the video only because it was right on target!
    Major, US Army (retired)
    El Paso, Texas USA

  • Harold L. 06/09/2010 at 3:09

    A brilliant piece of writing and so many smart postings, and a few not so smart, and while I admit to have read only 75% of the comments and scanned the other 25% I did not see the following comments being made.
    Where is Obama’s attitude toward Israel leading the world? Let us consider the facts; Obama has emboldened the Arabs in their anti Israel position. During the next war between the Arabs and Israel, and there will be a next war, Obama has almost guaranteed that, along with the rest of the Western world that likes to bang on Israel,
    Israel will face an enemy armed unlike no previous enemy army, with advanced technology.
    Israel has even sold drones to Turkey who will in turn use them against Israel. It was reported, though I do not know it to be a fact, that an Iranian Submarine flying the an Arab flag landed in Lebanon and sailors wearing hazmat suits and gas masks were unloading boxes, would you guess the boxes contained poison gas? Iran has shipped rockets to Syria and from Syria who knows where they landed.
    It is also reported, but not verified, that Iran already has two atomic bombs in its possession.
    Let us assume Israel makes a preemptive strike against the Arab countries and they retaliate with their new super weapons, and let’s further assume that Israel suffers major casualties and the threat of defeat. We all know the US will stand by and say “oh my, oh my, this shouldn’t be happening.” Further assume that Israel fears for its very existence will it not than deploy and use the weapons they have never acknowledged that they have. Should they do that we may actually find ourselves at Armageddon, the beginning of the end of the world as we know it?
    Financial markets will crash worldwide; the price of oil will skyrocket. What is the Arab world’s primary source of power…it is of course its oil. Wouldn’t Israel want to take out their oil facilities causing the world economy to lose 41% of its oil supply? There are other targets that I’m sure Israel has figured out have to be hit.
    The scenario I describe terrifies me. I do not want it to happen and it wouldn’t have had Obama continued to support Israel thereby causing the Arab world to pause before initiating a war against Israel, including supporting the running of the blockade.
    Does anyone really think that the Arab leaders are concerned about the plight of the Palestinian Refugees? If they had would they not have been resettled 50 years ago? If the Arab world cared, the flower export business that had been so successful in Gaza would not have been destroyed when Israel left it for the Arabs.
    I close with one last thought, I do not believe the Jews will walk quietly to the trains this time, let the world realize the price that will be paid unless God intervenes and pulls off another miracle.

  • Alex 06/09/2010 at 9:36

    I love you Caroline… Thank you and your friends who were in the video ‘We con the word’ its funny and true.
    And this is coming from a Brit.
    I feel us brits and northern europe are some of the most naive.

  • Alex 06/09/2010 at 9:40

    I love you Caroline… Thank you and your friends who were in the video ‘We con the word’ its funny and true.
    And this is coming from a Brit.
    I feel us brits and northern europe are some of the most naive.

  • Marcel 06/09/2010 at 9:57

    You have been strangely and abnormally silent about Netanyahu and his left hand man Ehud Barak especially when it comes to their war against the hope of Zion (settlers) to please their gods of the Potomac.
    D.M Ehud Barak who vowed to crush without mercy the only sane group left in Israel who oppose the evil Road Map and who called for the use of paintball guns against the Islamic jihadists and their supporters.
    Their unquestioned loyalty and obedience to the US agenda and it failed policies at Israel’s expense has really been paying off for Israel lately and you are silent ?
    The rewards for freezing settlments,releasing Islamic terrorists,removing roadblocks,supporting and feeding Hamas terrorist in Gaza,tearing down Jewish homes and Synagogues and abusing fellow Zionists,always being restrained for the fake peace instead of defeating the enemy are coming in like a flood thanks to the leadership of arrogant Likud leader Bibi and his court clown Ehud the Dud.
    Your party loyalty to weak,faithless,servile,corrupt politicians instead of God is shameful and a bad example for hte rest of Israel whom you lead astray with you silence at this hour.

  • Ravi 06/09/2010 at 11:21

    Anthony Cordesman is an apologist for Saudi Arabia. No surprise he feels this way.

  • Angela 06/09/2010 at 12:07

    # ANTI ZIONISM IS NOT ANTI SEMITISM (on June 7, 2010 10:27 PM) –
    Just like all Jew-haters the journalist Helen Thomas ignores facts; doesn’t she know or doesn’t she want to know about the continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria throughout the last two thousand years?
    Quote from “The Arabs in the Holy Land – natives or aliens? by Dr. Harry Mandelbaum”:
    “Unknown to most of the world’s population the origin of the “Palestinian” Arab’s claim to the Holy Land spans a period of a meager 30 years -… At the beginning of the 20th century, there were practically no Muslim Arabs in the Holy Land. By contrast, the Jews, despite 2000 years of persecution and forced conversions by various conquerors, have throughout most of history been the majority population there. In Jerusalem Jews were always the largest demographic group, except for periods when conquerors specifically threw them out and prevented them from returning…
    “Following the British conquest of the Holy land (in 1917/18) the Muslim Arabs (predominantly from areas now known as Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iraq) embarked on a massive immigration into the Holy Land, fulfilling their religious obligation to capture as much foreign land as possible… This invasion lasted for only 30 years, and ended in 1948 with the evacuation of the British from the land and the declaration of the state of Israel… That is why it is so difficult to find an old-age Arab in the holy Land whose grandparents were born in the Holy Land…
    “Years ago, during negotiations with the, so-called, Palestinians, an Israeli negotiator proposed to revise a mention of their claim og “pre-1948” rights and replace it with “pre-1917” rights. The “Palestinians” vehemently opposed. Now we know why.”
    So far the quote. As for Helen Thomas: it must be hatred. Only hatred denies facts and truth.

  • MaryAnn 06/09/2010 at 12:34

    The rise of anti-Semitism across the globe is frightening to me. Even more frightening is its acceptance in America; we have more and more instances of synagouge and cemetary desecrations and anti-Israeli and anti-Jew demonstrations and they’re just accepted like they’re no big deal. Anti-Semitism (and predjudice in general)exists in all people, I suppose, but I find it to be the ugliest of human traits and especially ugly in Americans.
    The rise of Barack Obama has lent some kind of permission to bigots in America to display their hatred and bigotry, directed soley against Jews and Christians, in ways that are reprehensible. And we now see that tolerance is indeed nothing more than lack of principle by people who are too damned cowardly to stand up for what is right. We better start standing up, because they will not stop with Jews and Christians. But even if they did, I would be ashamed to live in a country that allowed for their slaughter.

  • Issac 06/09/2010 at 13:16

    51 billion US dollars in aid a year can’t be wrong.

  • Anonymous 06/09/2010 at 16:26

    The people who comment here about how Obama is pleasing the Arabs or America is not helping Israel anymore are just a bunch of one sided biased conservative Bible Belt republicans. I don’t support Obama, I didn’t vote for him. However just because an American president isn’t agreeing to every move Israel makes doesn’t make him anti-Israel. I don’t support the Israeli state, however I believe that if you have the power to do something then it is your right to do it. Israel had the power to take over the land, so I believe that should live there. Until the Arabs get their act together and can kick the Israelis out, they need to stop crying.
    To those of you who constantly cry about Arabic terrorism, ask yourselves this, “who taught them all the terror skills?”

  • Farid 06/09/2010 at 17:04

    I was born in Lebanon as a Muslim, though I am now a Christian living in the Eastern United States.
    My father was born in Palestine and I grew up in an family environment that was decidedly anti-Israel.
    Pretty much the last time I talked to my family (or rather they talked to me) was when I said openly that Israel had the right to exist.
    One day, perhaps someone will explain why this hatred exists, why my family–all very intelligent and well educated–refuses to acknowledge history and instead touts the anti-Israel talking points.
    And will someone please tell me why is it that here in the United States the conservatives (Republicans) are Israel’s greatest friend yet a majority of American Jews are liberals (Democrats)?
    I have a degree in history and still none of this makes sense to me ….

  • Dubya A. Dillard 06/09/2010 at 17:07

    Love this article. I just wish these sentiments were expressed more in U.
    S. newspapers. So glad Israel does not back down in the face of liberal, progressive pressures. I and a lot of Americans firmly believe Israel would have been more than justified in blowing those flotilla ships out of the water. They knew exactly what they were doing and the entire population of the flotilla excluding those 9 or 11, should be extremely grateful just to be alive.

  • David 06/09/2010 at 20:36

    Caroline, I am one American that supports Israel’s efforts to defend itself against the radical Islamic forces in the region.
    I agree with your evidence of Israel’s collaboration with America’s interests in the Middle East. I am in medical school academics and I am often amazed at the hostility and ill intent, highly educated and intelligent persons express against Israel and its attempts to defend itself.
    Too many of the people I work with do not accept the menace and malevolence that the radical Islamists represent against the West and its values. They do not believe that people exist on the planet who want to kill them simply because they are Americans and infidels to boot.
    I probably would not either except that I have a son who has been in combat with them every year since 9/11. If I ever express even a faction of the limited experiences he has shared, none of my “enlightened” colleagues want to hear of it. They simply do not believe that human beings have that capacity for evil and hatred translated into action against those with whom they disagree.
    Keep up the good work and remember that there are many of us in the US who do value Israel as an ally and a high brick wall to depotism and hatred for Western values.

  • ronmossad 06/10/2010 at 0:50

    With such clearly biased reporting coming out of the White House Press Corps, it’s no surprise that the media coverage of Israel is what it is.
    And what’s worse is that for every overt Helen Thomas, there are a thousand more who think what she thinks but don’t say it.
    We have no choice but to counteract the coverage on our own:
    Living on a thin line
    Now more than ever we HAVE to do everything in our power to support Israel…

  • Anonymous 06/10/2010 at 3:07

    Obama’s tepid response to the international condemnation of Israel is a huge part of the reason the flotilla incident took place at all.
    Had Obama firmly opposed the Turkish sponsorship of this provocation, and used the full power of NATO to support his opposition, the flotilla would never have left Anatalia. But like practically every issue requiring leadership, Obama has preferred to play basketball or attend a concert rather than do his job.
    Following the IDF interdiction, the Israeli Foreign Ministry couldn’t have done a worse public relations job than they did.
    The Peace Now Israeli media is to be commended for continuing to knife Israel in the back like they always do.
    And the “loyal” Kadima opposition once again showed the public that they have no principles or real loyalty to Israel whatsoever.
    It’s a real miracle that we have survived this long.

  • Addis 06/10/2010 at 5:46

    Hi from France. I recently discovered your blog through the comments of a french blog I like to visit :
    Receive my best regards and support.
    What Helen Thomas said regarding the Jews is exactly what Iran leader Ahmadinejad told french TV journalist Laurence Ferrari when interviewed on saturday last.
    The link is below (sorry, the translation is in french):

  • usabruce 06/10/2010 at 12:46

    Dear Israel, many Americans stand with you.Our current Administration,Leftists, don’t. They don’t stand with their own country, so try not to take it too personally.They are more comfortable with International Leftists than they are with a patriotic American, whom they consider foolish for having national pride, rather than preferring to be a “citizen of the world”.
    Conservatives in America are working within the political parameters to take power back from the Left.
    In the meantime, I suggest that you consider the survival of your country and do whatever you need to do to defend your children from the Lefts allies, Hamas.

  • Ori 06/10/2010 at 14:21

    Great Article Ms Glick !
    I have been following you for a year now after hearing about you and one of your previous (and also very articulate) articles from one of my heroes Mark R. Levin who is a syndicated Radio Talk Show host.
    I am very frustrated that the current official Israeli administration are so INCOMPETENT when it comes to defending your policies and presenting your ideas as clearly as you are magnificently doing…
    I pray for Mr. Netanyahu to have an access to your Reasoning and common sense or hire you as an advisor.
    I also pray along the way that he will find the pairs he supposes to have or grow some….
    Thank you for your help in keeping me sane in these troubling times.
    I will send you payment for this therapy (as well as to my other heroes) once I will recover and get better. I pray to god that these loons in power here will not succeed in their mission to “Fundamentally Transform the USA”.
    That is not why I became a US citizen to see this country looking more and more like the former USSR or China.
    I Love You for your ideas, common-sense and guts.
    God Bless You Ms. Glick !

  • Anonymous 06/10/2010 at 16:11

    I know what it is, the world has grown both scared and tried of the islamic terrorist nations and in an order of pipe dream hopes they think they can appease the arab nations with anti-jewish anger, as if for some reason arabs)will suddenly fall into line of some sorts of civillity if only the jews would stop being the trouble of the world of peace, it amazes me how the leaders threw their hands up over the humas/dubui assination, blaming israel without proof, sure blame the jews they wont send their knock offs to bomb our citys and its so popular with everyone, a real win win for everyone…. that is except the jews, oh the world cant think past that thought, but that even if the nation would pack up and leave the middle east, it would make no difference, when your goal is to bring everyone under allah the dog faced god. even when their quran stating to terrorized the unbelievers to either change or die somehow people like Obama can call it a great religion… why does the world hate the jew the most? because the devil hates Gods choosen people more than the rest… at one time I didnt care for the jewish nation or its people, but now… well, when the IDF shoot at the terrorist, give me a gun and Ill shoot too.Ive grown into a very pro-israel person…. it was my realization that the “PROMISED LAND” bountries had not changed. theirfore all allah lovers are on your God givin land…
    keep up the work you do Caroline, dont hold back, after all, when the water rises, you raise the dam…. GO CUBS

  • Bruce D1776 06/10/2010 at 22:20

    I support Israel over the Arabs. But as a patriotic American, wounded combat veteran (of Vietnam), I find the heart of your argument in favor of U.S. support for Israel deeply offensive.
    You wrote,
    “Beyond politics and ideology, beyond friendship and values, the US has three permanent national security interests in the Middle East.”
    “• Ensuring the smooth flow of affordable petroleum products from the region.”
    “• Preventing the most radical regimes, sub-state and non-state actors from acquiring the means to cause catastrophic harm.”
    “• Maintaining its capacity to project its power in the region.”
    You certainly mean it when you say “beyond … ideology…and values…”. Let’s translate, ” Ensuring the smooth flow of affordable petroleum products from the region.” Translation: “Keep up the flow of cheap gas”.
    I find it extremely offensive that you would degrade Americans by telling them that their true interests are some base material substance, rather than the ideals of freedom. One drop of U.S. blood is worth all the oil in the middle east. As as patriot and a combat veteran, you don’t know how offensive that is to me. Fight for cheap gas, die for cheap gas, watch your buddies die for cheap gas.
    It is offensive on many levels. So you’re saying, like the lefties and liberals, that the root of U.S. greatness has little to do with the free-market capitalist system and freedom, rather access to cheap natural resources. We’re no better than the cesspool nations of the world except that we had abundant natural resources. U.S. survival depends upon access to cheap gas, not necessarily U.S. freedom, ingenuity and free markets.
    What nonsense! You have an economic inferiority complex about America. You think the U.S. will collapse without foreign oil. Nonsense! We have a free market system and an ingenious, creative and industrious people. We don’t need foreign oil to survive. It is insulting that you would even remotely imply that we do, or that we would be overcome by any hardship if it was cut off.
    More than that, reviewing the historical record, it is support for Israel that jeopardizes the supply. Recall the ’73 oil embargo. That oil’s not in Israel. It’s in the Arab or Islamic states, including Indonesia and Malaysia. If anything, support for Israel jeopardizes the supply.
    (Hey, maybe support for Israel would be a good thing if it causes the oil to be shut off from the U.S. At least we would finally break our dependence upon foreign sources.)
    Then you say that support for Israel would help the U.S. in “maintaining its capacity to project its power in the region”. So you’re saying the U.S. should follow the path of hegemony or imperialism? This is also offensive to me as a patriotic American. So we’re supposed to be imperialists like the European and Japanese imperialists of the 19th & 20th centuries, or like the Roman empire? How much American blood do you want to spill over there?
    Learn the lessons of history. When the Roman REPUBLIC expanded beyond the Italian Peninsula, the REPUBLIC fell, replaced by the Empire. It was European Imperialism that led at least indirectly to WW I and the collapse of those nations, and WW II. Imperialism and/or hegemony is dangerous to the U.S. republic, and is therefore a treasonous policy.
    Hey, if you want the U.S. to be hegemonic, maybe the U.S. should be hegemonic against Israel and impose a secular state rather than a Jewish one, in accordance with non-establishment of religion in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Maybe what the U.S. should do is intervene in Israel’s internal affairs and end Israeli socialism. If the U.S. is going to project power, why not project power over Israel?
    Finally you include as a reason, “Preventing the most radical regimes, sub-state and non-state actors from acquiring the means to cause catastrophic harm.” There were rarely terrorist attacks against the U.S., and NO Islamic-inspired attacks directly upon the U.S., until U.S. boots were on the ground in the region. If the U.S. is out of the region, terrorism would no longer be a concern. See
    I an NOT anti-Israel. But of anything I’ve read about Israel, pro or con, in the last 5 years, your piece above has influenced me against Israel the most! Do Israel supporters want to impose the burden and dangers of imperialism or hegemony upon the U.S.? Do Israel supporters think so little of American ingenuity and capitalism that they think Americans are whores for foreign oil? That’s insulting to any patriotic American.
    What Israel needs to do is become independent of the U.S. Israel could do it if it jettisoned socialism and set itself up as a free market haven, tax haven and banking privacy center. Screw the U.S. on that. Screw the U.S. IRS. Israel would be taking in trillions in that case. With Jewish brains, there is no reason Israel can’t be the world scientific and technological leader independent of the U.S.
    It’s time to end Israel’s dependency upon the U.S.and refuse U.S. aid.

  • Charles Smyth 06/11/2010 at 5:07

    For those who would like to read a most recent report into the 1988 Iranian massacre, and the implications for the leaders of the opposition, please use the following link.
    Iran Massacre of Political Prisonners 1988
    Author: Geoffrey Robertson
    Publisher: Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation
    Published: June 8, 2010
    Type: Report

  • 06/11/2010 at 16:14

    Outstanding article. The world’s nations have a film over their eyes. Their reactions only reflect pathological hatred of the Jew– manifested in the State of Israel–who will always be “the Other” to them, since the time of the giving of the Torah.
    Plain and simple, raw antisemitism is at the root of the reaction against Israel in the Turkish-sponsored “peace” flotilla incident.
    No matter what Israel does, it will be vilified by the world, and with the current administration, the United States seems to be sliding down the same slippery slope.
    I am linking to your article in my blog, Tikkun Olam (
    Thank you, Caroline, and keep speaking up for truth!

  • Willy 06/12/2010 at 1:57

    Thank you for continuing to speak out so truthfully and courageously, Caroline. I didn’t vote for Obama, and I can’t wait to see him and his cronies voted out of office. Genuine Christians in the U.S. support Israel, largely because the Bible very clearly declares that Israel and its people will always be the apple of G-d’s eye. We owe a great debt to the Jewish people, not the least for giving us the Old Testament (Talmud) and our Messiah and Savior. Unfortunately, Christians are increasingly being marginalized in this country, and the present administration isn’t listening to us. Much prayer will be needed in the coming dark days.

  • Avi 06/22/2010 at 3:30

    Its time that we Israelis re-check our allies.
    The fact that the US is a democracy should not blurr our eyes. 70 years ago another famous democracy turned into a monster because one man found the way to harness the inborn Christian hate to anything but themselves.
    In Gaza another “democratically ellected” body is devastating the lives of the Gazans by terrorising them and butchering thousands of their political opponents (fatah).
    For Israel to rely on the American “beoken staff” will only puncher our palm!
    The war we have with the Arabs is not a natural war. It was CREATED by the Brits in Palesine by importing Arabs THREE TIMES as many as Jews, thus creating what is now known as “The Palestinian problem”.
    The Brits did the same in their other colonies such as in Kashmir or Napal were they set the locals against each other.
    In our long history in the diaspora the Jews in Islamic states were not harrased as in Christian states. Also in Palestine it was the Brits who agitated the Arabs against the Jews, assisted the Arabs and hampered Jewish self defence.
    So, returning to Obama’s politics perhaps it is time to lay the cards open.
    If the future “world war” will be between the “Western” (Christian) world and the Islamic world it will not be right or beneficial to Israel and the Jews to be aligned against Islam.
    I am sure that pointing out the roots of the current conflict together with the history of the Cristian atitude towards both Arabs and Jews will bring the conflict to an end.
    As the first step we Israelis should honor Salah-a-Din the Islamic leader who drove the Crusaders out of The Land of Israel.

  • Chitymemtib 11/13/2010 at 10:33

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