reply to post by RocksFromSpace
Well, first of all I think this is a positive move by the government of the USA. To at least talk about the situation is a good first step anyway.
Also, I think it is very important to note that to believe that too much support is given to Israel, is not the same thing as saying that too much
support is given to Judaism. It is not the responsibility of any government to support people of any particular faith, but it is the job of
governments (or more accurately, the people of a nation) to decide which foreign powers they wish to be strategically involved with.
Currently, the news feeds out of Israel have been pretty damned quiet, aside from some unfortunate issues surrounding the health Ariel Sharon that
is. However, it was not all that long ago that everyone was pretty peeved with the nation of Israel, due to constant land grabbing on the part of
settlers and the government, the way security forces dealt with humanitarian vessels trying to reach Gaza, and the bullishness and pigheadedness with
which their foreign policy was being administered.
Personally speaking, I think it is high time the USA, and indeed many of Israels other international partners, reconsidered their support of Israel,
in the face of the constant failures of that nation to comply with international law on several key points (one of the examples of which, would be the
use of white phosphorus in populated areas:
...which is a big no no). There have been some stark double standards coming out of the relationship between the US and Israel, and I think it is high
time something were done about that.
Rightly or wrongly (mostly wrongly) it has been the USA which has attempted to police the world, getting involved in all sorts of nonsense, all over
the planet, often based on little to no solid evidence, but rather on the word of "reliable intelligence sources", which resulted in the War on
Terror, the Iraq balls up (where none of the rumored chemical weapons and assorted WMD tech was ever recovered), and which largely failed to bring
any justice what so ever (with the odd exception of people who were iced by drones in the middle of wedding celebrations, which caused vast collateral
damage, or in the case of the former most wanted man on the planet were hiding out in PAKISTAN, a nation which was never technically invaded as part
of the War on Terror), but did crap all over the civilian population of every country it has touched thus far.
But Israel has been caught red handed doing unmentionable and unimaginable things to innocent civilian Palestinians, breaking various international
rules on the use of various weapons, held an entire city under siege and watched as its people starved, froze, and variously died/were killed, then
shot people who were trying to help.
The government of the USA, no matter who is in charge of it in a given year, likes to come across in the news, as a frustrated paragon of virtuous
behaviour. It advocates democracy, it advocates peace, and although most of us realise that these are vast hypocrisies on the US governments part, if
it wishes to keep up the thin pretense of decency and fairness that it would like to think that it engenders in people, then it has got to up its game
and treat Israels government as firmly as it would any other nation guilty of such things.
But to a greater degree, the relationship between these two nations needs to be examined and re-imagined, because the people of the USA deserve a
government which is only accountable to the people of the USA, a government which has no responsibility to foreign concerns outside its own borders, a
government which cannot be influenced by persons from outside the electorate, and owes nothing to anyone apart from the citizens of the nation that it
is supposed to administrate on behalf of. It is pretty clear that if that ideal situation ever existed, it certainly does not at the moment.
And these things I have raised here, are not even being held up as the official reasons for this re-assessment being enacted at this time. Those
reasons have rather more to do with the way that being a buddy to Israel makes a target out of anyone wearing stars and stripes (although to be frank,
the US government makes a target of its citizens without the help of Israel, but I suppose its a cover story that will at least out fox the Fox
generation of armchair pundits).
But to be totally realistic here, this re-assessment is not going to result in action, and even if it did, the government of the USA would still be
on a very long road to a position of unanimous respectability in terms of its own actions, and its choices in terms of international partners. There
are more rotten apples in the barrel than can be addressed in such a narrow discussion as the one referred to in the OP, but as I said at the
beginning of my response, this is a positive move, a good first step.
May it be the first of many.