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So, like the title asks, what's the big deal with Israel?
A very brief general history of Israel. Around 1,000 BCE the Israelites conquered Canaan. According to their own history books, killing every man,
woman, and child in some cities. In others just taking the unmarried girls, killing everyone else, and giving them out to the soldiers as war brides.
They held it till around 64 BCE when the Romans moved in and took charge. Around 72 CE the Romans had enough of the riots and destroyed the second
temple and political power of the Jews in Israel. Many Jews were killed, many were sold into slavery. Since then, that part of the world has changed
hands many times. The Ottomans ruled it from 1517 till 1917 when the British took over. After WWII the British turned it over to the Jews. They then
went door to door and kicked out the inhabitants forcing them off the land they had held for generations. After the 67 war, Israel expanded beyond the
borders agreed to, kicking out more residents. They continue to expand and build settlements and kick people out/off their lands to this day. Just
google Israel expansion map.
What brings up the question I have is that I just don't see Israel as all that important. They take a lot of our money, but don't really give a
whole lot back, or bring much to the table. It's nice that the Jewish people have a homeland, but the Israeli gov is doing some pretty messed up
The other week or so, every time Trump spoke it was "the US and Israel" this or that, like Israel was part of the US or something.
I also don't get a lot of the arguments for Israel. "It's their land!". When, a thousand years ago? The Native Americans have more right to go and
kick people out of their houses and take the land than Israelis do. "You take land in a war". Really, so the US now own Iraq and Afghanistan? "They
are surrounded by enemies and get bombed everyday". Yes, and Israel kills far more for every Israeli that gets killed in those bombings. Since 29
September 2000 to 31 March 2008, there have been 4,719 dead Palestinians vs 1,044 dead Israelis. 4.5 dead Palestinians for every Israeli.
Now, before you go to the Anti-Semite slur, please believe I have no problem with Jews or the Jewish people. I think they should have a homeland.
That's not the same as having a problem with a government. See, I'm not a big fan of the way the Israeli gov is handling the situation. The
expansion is the biggest issue I see. When the Israelis move in, they force the people already living there out, and that causes bad blood.
Put yourself in the Palestinian situation. (For the sake of the analogy, neither the US or your right to bear arms exist) Say you're in Texas, and a
group of Mexicans, backed by Mexico, decides to "take back their land" and force you off your property at gun point and into a refugee camp. You
might not have a good opinion of Mexicans after that. You might even be so hot as to think sending in a few mortars is a good idea, especially if one
of your family members were hurt or killed in this taking. Now it's 3 generations later, and you still see your people getting kicked off their land,
you might teach your grand kids that they need to fight. That they can't trust Mexicans. That the only good Mexican is a dead Mexican. See what I'm
getting at here? This is a mess of Israels own making. If they stop expanding, prop up the displaced, then in a few decades, when memory fades, things
might be different.
This is my read of the situation. If I have it wrong, please let me know, as I'm sure you will.
Why is Israel special to the US?