Israel is a rogue nation planted on Palestinian soil in 1948. It is still supported to the hilt by the United States even though President Obama has been rebuffed, humiliated and lectured to by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Obama capitulates to Israel even when it continues to build illegal settlements. He capitulates to Israel even when the U.N. Security Council calls for a halt to settlement-building. (America vetoed the resolution.)
But the problem in the Middle East is Israel, always has been Israel and always will be Israel.
Israel is now beating the war drums. It contemplates a pre-emptive strike against Iran because of its nuclear development at Parchin. A military analyst for an Israeli newspaper says the attack is inevitable.
The consequences could be a devastating war, drawing in America.
Obama’s warning against a pre-emptive strike caused Netanyahu to grumble that Obama’s stance is “serving the Iranians.” A hawk has regressed to being a war hawk.
Recall that Netanyahu has urged the expulsion of Palestinians from their West Bank home. Recall that Netanyahu derailed the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993. And he does it all with the arrogance of a conqueror and occupier.
As for Obama, he has made clear his pro-Israel resolve:
“Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment. I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.”
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted 107-14 to make Palestine its 195th member. The United States and Israel voted no.
Peace talks? Farcial. Meaningful talks are most unlikely because of Israeli recalcitrance and Obama’s refusal to do anything except admonish.
And why sanctions against Iran but not Israel? Israel has a nuclear bomb. Why can’t Iran? Ah, realpolitik.
Morally, America should support creation of a Palestinian nation. But morality has nothing to do with foreign policy.
The two-state solution is essential. But not to Netanyahu. He doesn’t want Palestine ever to become a country. And he is just as adamant about building ever more settlements on Arab lands.
To the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the U.S. Congress, Israel is always right, Palestinians always wrong.
Maria Margaronis, London correspondent for The Nation, notes that “uncritical support for Israel has deformed the morals of a significant part of the intellectual left.”
And Robert Fisk, reporter for Britain’s Independent, laments the “craven way that so many American reporters cover the Middle East, eerily avoiding any direct criticism of Israel. “
Yet there is much to criticize. Israel is colonizing, occupying and annexing Palestinian territories.
Noam Chomsky, whose critical reporting on foreign affairs unfortunately has no outlet in the Establishment press, points out that in the occupied West Bank some 520,000 colonizers are in 200 illegal settlements.
“They squat on Palestinian soil, huddled within walled encampments on stolen land,” Chomsky declares.
Former President Carter says bluntly: “The persecution of the Palestinians under the occupation is one of the worst examples of human rights deprivation.”
But with the United States as its patron, Israel can get away with anything.
America supplies Israel with bunker-busting bombs. Its taxpayers give it $3 billion a year. In 2011 it provided Israel with $8.2 million a day in military aid alone.
Zionism is racism, created solely for Jews. It was branded as such by the U.N. General Assembly in 1975.
Question: How can a so-called religious country treat the Palestinians with scant regard for religious values, morality, decency and humanity?
Israel has no moral, ethical or legal reason to exist. Nevertheless, it is a fait accompli -- to the everlasting detriment of Mideast peace.
But America takes much of the blame for Mideast discord. As long ago as 1953 it overthrew the democratically elected government of Mossadegh, ushering in the dictatorship of the Shah.
Iran has every reason to hate America. And so does the Muslim world.
Chris Hedges, former Mideast correspondent for the New York Times, puts the reasoning in up-to-date, stark terms:
“We have brought terrorism, massive destruction, war and death. There is no moral distinction between a drone strike and the blast of an improvised explosive device, between a suicide bombing and a targeted assassination.
“We have used the iron fist of the American military to implant our oil companies in Iraq and occupy Afghanistan. We have supported a government in Israel that has carried out egregious war crimes in Lebanon and Gaza.”
Unconscionably, America approves.
Jake Highton teaches journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. He can be contacted at email@example.com.