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    The Real Foreign Policy of the US: Israel First

    There is a mountain of evidence proving that the US political class put the interests of Israel first, above even the interests of the United States itself.

    For example, dozens of US States have passed laws that seek to punish individuals who boycott Israel. And the US government has been bandying about legislation that would have made it a crime for a US business to boycott Israel. Is there any other country that receives this kind of favoritism? Not even close.

    As another example, Israel is the top recipient of US foreign aid. US taxpayers get the privilege of sending Israel billions of their dollars each year. And what do they get in return for their billions spent? Absolutely nothing, unless they work for Lockheed Martin or some other large arms manufacturer.

    Or consider Israel's attack on the USS Liberty. Regardless of what you consider to be the motive behind that attack (the evidence proves it was deliberate), the fact that another country was able to attack a US vessel - killing dozens of Americans in the process - and suffer virtually no real consequences is an amazing indication of just how powerful Israel's influence over the US government has become. Just imagine if instead of Israel committing such an act, it had been any other country. The fallout would have been astronomical. But Israel just pays a relatively small fine and all is forgiven by the creatures in DC. Apparently, the lives of dozens of Americans is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 million, a paltry sum when one considers just how much money Israel has at its disposal.

    Really, I could go on and on about the Israel first policy of the US government. It's so obvious that it requires hardly any explanation at this point. The real question should be: Why do Americans continue to put up with such a bizarre and burdensome arrangement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    There is a mountain of evidence proving that the US political class put the interests of Israel first, above even the interests of the United States itself.

    For example, dozens of US States have passed laws that seek to punish individuals who boycott Israel. And the US government has been bandying about legislation that would have made it a crime for a US business to boycott Israel. Is there any other country that receives this kind of favoritism? Not even close.

    As another example, Israel is the top recipient of US foreign aid. US taxpayers get the privilege of sending Israel billions of their dollars each year. And what do they get in return for their billions spent? Absolutely nothing, unless they work for Lockheed Martin or some other large arms manufacturer.

    Or consider Israel's attack on the USS Liberty. Regardless of what you consider to be the motive behind that attack (the evidence proves it was deliberate), the fact that another country was able to attack a US vessel - killing dozens of Americans in the process - and suffer virtually no real consequences is an amazing indication of just how powerful Israel's influence over the US government has become. Just imagine if instead of Israel committing such an act, it had been any other country. The fallout would have been astronomical. But Israel just pays a relatively small fine and all is forgiven by the creatures in DC. Apparently, the lives of dozens of Americans is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 million, a paltry sum when one considers just how much money Israel has at its disposal.

    Really, I could go on and on about the Israel first policy of the US government. It's so obvious that it requires hardly any explanation at this point. The real question should be: Why do Americans continue to put up with such a bizarre and burdensome arrangement?
    TBH, I think the real problem in the USA (and elsewhere) is conflating the state of Israel with Judaism. Even though most people had nothing to do with it, and it was something that happened before my grandad was born, there is a collective sense of guilt about the Holocaust (partly cos Jewish people were treated badly in Europe for centuries). So some of this translates - especially in North America which has a large and very influential Jewish population - into the idea that Israel can do no wrong, cos it is made up of Jewish people - and if they do, it must be excused cos their ancestors have suffered a terrible thing (and it was a more terrible thing than most of us can imagine). So anti-Semitism becomes a worse thing than anti-Americanism, anti-Europeanism, anti-Catholicism, or anti-Islam.

    I think being anti millions of people you will never meet is one of the dopiest things around, and each of us is a human being with our own qualities and faults - doesn't matter what religion or nationality we are. The biggest problem is brainwashing, and a lot of that comes from our own families as well as the popular media..

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    Like William said, part of it is the conflation of the state of Israel with Judaism. Israel is a "Jewish state," but many members of the government - including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu - are not religious Jews, and what practice of Judaism they do still maintain is mostly done out of a feeling of cultural obligation more than anything else. Netanyahu doesn't represent Judaism any more than Donald Trump represents Christianity. Plenty of religious Jews - myself included - oppose the current Israeli government and the actions it takes. That doesn't make us any less Jewish. The Israeli government is just another government like any other, it makes mistakes and those mistakes should not be covered up and defended.
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