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    • Sharon
    • 06.04.10 | 21:43 (IDT)

    Here is the problem - Israel is not an ally, it is a friend. Just read Hanokh Levin's Malkat Ha Ambatia and you will see what I mean. Saudi Arabia is an ally, Israel is a friend. The Saudis have oil, Israel does not. To quote Sir Palmerston, "We have no permanent enemies or allies, only permanent interests." To think that the US is any different is naive. Israel has always been responsible for its own defense. And for the sake of its own defense, supporting settlers in Hebron and harassing Palestinians in East Jerusalem is not prudent, to say the least. Also please review the history of the US's vs. the USSR's vote in 1947 for partition. The Shalom Achshav's stance of America coming on a white horse to save Israel from itself is naive and historically ignorant. Thus it lacks credibility. The "Left" needs to do some serious house cleaning and soul searching on the class and ethnic front and then reread some history on the US's relations to Israel in the 1950s and 1960s. And even 1980s -

    from the article: Memo to Obama: Two little Hebrew words make all the difference
    First published 17:40 06.04.10 | Last updated 22:58 06.04.10
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