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December 18, 2008

U.S. stance on Israel

Ross Balano’s well-intentioned piece on anti-Semitism misses the mark when he implies that supporting the state of Israel is an effective way to fight anti-Semitism (12/13, Opinion, “As Jews remain targets, U.S. must stand resolutely with Israel”).

Creating the state of Israel (rather than accepting Jewish refugees into the U.S. before and after World War II) was a major contributor to the continuing political problems in the Middle East.

We would be better advised to fight anti-Semitism and other racial and cultural intolerance right here at home and encouraging our allies to do the same.

The United States should adopt a balanced foreign policy in the Middle East, supporting both Israel and the Arab states.

Roy Busdiecker
Overland Park

Comments

solomon

No one would argue for someones right to exist. Our difference is that the nation of Israeal can no exist on its own.

Lets hears your proclaim the right of the Cheriokee nation to reestablish itself. HOW ABOUT THE COUNTRY OF IS ALNDS WE KNOW AAS HAWAIAII?

MAYBE WE CAN START SMALEER AND GIVE gREECE BACK TO THE hELLENES, EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW THEY NARE ALL DEAD. wE HAVE FRIENDS HERE LIKE bAREBAARIAN iDOL MWHO WORSHIP MURDERERS AND CHLD KILLERS IN THE NAME OF
gERMANIC EXPRESION OF NATIONALITY..

sorry nabout th4 cap key, but I'm not going to r3etyope.

You mention the Turks. At the same time the British Isle, Central Europe, Centrral America, and most otherparts of the world were doing the same thing. the difference was that Christians put people to the swword in far greare #s, and you'll never find a docuument that shows other wise.

Engineer

solomon
They do exist and have a right, as do all humans, to continue in that existence. As turbulent as the world may be I know of no other situation that is the same as that of Israel's. I do admire the many intellectual accomplishments of those of the Jewish faith or heritage. On the other hand I have no animosity for Arabs although I do consider the Osmanli Turks as some of the bloodiest marauders

solomon

Why should they exist Engineer? On most continents there is suffering and death, border wars and atrocities and world-wide non-chalance about it. What makes this nation of people who lived somewhere 2000 years ago so relevant to you, particularly since you are agnostic. More of you support from Israel seems to come from your disaste for the Arabs.

Engineer

solomon
You are agreeing with what I posted. I posted that if Israel were destroyed that would be perfectly acceptable to you. Your post confirms that this is indeed your position. As I previously posted, that outcome is not acceptable to me and I believe we must see that it does not happen.

solomon

Engineer,

Facts are facts, Jews were killed and discriminated against more by Europeans and Christians up until the last 50 years.

As far as them being exterminated, I don't call for that, I just don't feel we owe them their existence, any more than we do the numerous countries under duress. If a bunch of Americans and Europeans want to carve a nation out of the wasteland that is the middle east, let them do it without my tax money and the animosity it has earned us from others.

Engineer

TinaMcG
It is my opinion that if the US did not actively support Israel, Israel would be destroyed. While this may be a perfectly acceptable outcome to solomon, there are many of us to whom it is not.

TinaMcG

I grew up in Skokie, IL, a Protestant in the middle of a Catholic neighborhood in one of the most predominantly Jewish suburbs outside Tel Aviv. As a child, I used to have nightmares about the numbered tatoos on the arms of my best friend's parents, fearing my parents would be taken away by the Nazis that were still on the loose. I went to more bar mitzvahs than confirmations, and I learned to love fried matzo, blintzes and lox. My friends said I was "Jewish by osmosis".

I wouldn't say that some of my best friends aren't Jewish, because ALL of my best friends are Jewish. And a few months ago, when I asked one of them, "What exactly does Israel bring to America's party?" -- she answered, "Good question. Damned if I know. Nothing but 'tsurris', I guess (the Hebrew word for troublesome commotion).

Seriously, I'm not saying we shouldn't support Israel, but I do get upset when we act as if they can do no wrong. I will gladly consider any convincing arguments for our steadfast commitment to Israel. I'd just like to hear one -- and the idea of a democracy in the Middle East doesn't count -- unless it saves us money or makes us safer.

solomon

Marctnts,

a trip to the library will reveal numerous books that detail the difference between Muslim/Jewish coexistence for centuries and the escalation of tension caused by European ans American involvement in the region in the last century.

Marctnts

"The United States should adopt a balanced foreign policy in the Middle East, supporting both Israel and the Arab states."

...which won't make any difference.

It's egotistical and naive to think that our support of Israel has had anything to do with the hatred the two sides have for each other. They have been fighting for thousands of years, and barring the annihilation of one side or the other, will continue to fight.

 
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