#23 Chutzpah. And plenty of it. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ron
    • 27.12.09 | 20:58 (IST)

    You allow this because Israel would be totally isolated in the world without US overwhelming support. Most Americans wish we had dumped the Israeli burden decades ago.The US has been a lonely Israeli ally for over 60 years. For all those years, the US protected Israel in the UN with vetoes, guaranteed Israels international loans and gave Israel aid, last year $3 billion. With everything, loans, grants, etc., total cost to US is over $3 trillion. In addition, the US has consistently sacrificed its own national interests in the ME to support and further those of Israel. Its been a very bad investment. Many Americans believe our national interests lie in the Arab world, not in Israel. Arab nations provide oil, fought with us in the Gulf war, give us military bases, support the US in the IMF, World Bank and the UN. Some Arab allies provide superb intelligence on Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Israel provides none of that and nothing in war against terrorism.

    from the article: U.S.: We want Israel to free Fatah prisoners in Shalit deal
    First published 01:12 20.12.09 | Last updated 12:17 20.12.09
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