I am a 39-year-old teacher in Cleveland, Ohio, and I wonder why my president works so hard for an ally that makes life in the diplomatic arena so difficult for the United States. Yes, we share democratic values. Yes, Israel is a "Western" state like European countries. But I am U.S. citizen, and it seems that vetoing UN resolutions on settlement construction hurts American foreign policy in the Middle East, when Israel's settlement construction isn't really part of any greater moral good. And why does my country, using my tax dollars, give so much to a country that is rich? And if Israel is hurting financially, why doesn't it collect taxes from all of its citizens? I can't believe that ultra-orthodox Jews in rabbinical school until they are 40 do not pay federal income taxes. And if Israel is always threatened, why don't all men serve in the army? Shouldn't ultra-orthodox men not be exempt from this basic duty of Israeli citizenship? These are questions that my colleagues and I discuss in the lunchroom.
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