posted on Apr, 25 2008 @ 10:50 AM
Why should the United States not have Israel's interests in mind in the Middle East? Since it's creation in 1948 Israel has relied on the United
States for protection and military aid, not to refugee aid. What you must realize is that after World War II the United States felt obligated to setup
an area of land for the Jewish refugees in which to settle. The Arab countries surrounding Israel did not like this notion of course, and thus, the
United States has basically made Israel into a protectorate.
Also, during the Cold War and with the threat of Soviet expansion into the Middle East, Israel proved to be a resourceful ally against the Soviets.
Israel intelligence supplied the United States with information and the country's strategic location made it an excellent military ally as well.
But what you must remember is that a lot of friction between the United States and Israel developed as the United States started to play a larger role
in the Middle East by supplying arms to Arab nations. Israel viewed this as a potential threat to the safety of the country.
In recent years our relationship with Israel has become significantly better I believe, but the country is still under the threat of terrorists
attacks. A secure Iraq that is not controlled by an Arab terrorist government would benefit Israel, which as far the United States government is
concerned, is our strongest ally in the Middle East. The obligation to repair relations with Israel since the friction from the Cold War and arms
shipment to Arab nations that threatened Israel is most likely taking precedent in the region right now as far as keeping the region safe from
With that said, McCain would probably be the best choice for president right now simply to protect our interests and relations with Israel from
terrorism and Arab attacks on the country. Withdrawing from Iraq, as Obama and Clinton have proposed, would be disastrous for Israel and our relations
with the Jewish homeland. The United States has been obligated since Israel's establishment, and remains obligated, to protect it from attacks from
Arab nations and the like, so I do believe McCain would be the best choice among the current candidates to defend our interests in the Middle East.