Many Americans wonder why we continue to give Israel 3 billion of our hard-earned tax dollars every year instead of spending those billions on our own needy. Many Americans wonder why we give Israel billions more in bunker-busting bombs, Apache attack helicopters armed with TOW missiles, and other such advanced weapons. Many Americans wonder why we always thwart UN resolutions against Israel's actions even when those actions unambiguously violate international law. In short, many Americans wonder why the U.S. and Israel are such inseparably good friends.
Why? Because the U.S. and Israel have so much in common. Who in the U.S. doesn't love knishes or latkes? The U.S. and Israel are two peas in a pod.
Both nations worship the AIPAC (America Israel Public Affairs Committee), which functions as a heavenly messenger between two very good friends. Israel tells the AIPAC exactly what it wants and the AIPAC tells members of Congress to grant it unquestioned (if they'd like to keep their jobs).
Both nations obviously share the same deep moral values. For example, both agree on the moral way to take out a terrorist cleric in a wheelchair (TOW missile launched from an Apache helicopter, duh!). It wouldn't be right to walk up and shoot a cripple in the head (sincere apologies to those within 50 feet of the wheelchair).
Both nations demonize "terrorists" who use suicide bombers (not just to kill, but to terrorize). Sure, the U.S. and Israel often recklessly kill innocent people (hey, shit happens), but they don't stoop to terror (apparently being stalked by Apache helicopters or Predator drones that can blow you away any second, before you can even detect them, has a soothing effect on one's mind).
But the most significant thing the U.S. and Israel have in common (what binds them like brothers) is the way both nations were created. The U.S. and Israel followed a strikingly similar path in establishing their respective nations.
A little history
The major problem establishing both the U.S. and Israel as nations was what to do with the indigenous people. So it was only natural for Israel to go to its new friend, the U.S., and ask, "How did you handle your indigenous people? Since we share the same deep moral values, we want to treat our indigenous people the same way." Realizing they had so much in common, the two nations became fast friends.
The first thing needed to establish a nation is land. Unfortunately for both the U. S. and Israel, the land they needed was already occupied by people who had lived on and worked that land for centuries. But fortunately for both emerging nations, neither the Native Americans nor the Palestinians were particularly well armed.
At first, both the U.S. and Israel tried to politely reason with their respective indigenous people. Both nations said something like, "Yes, you've worked this land for many centuries and consider it your home, but could you please pack up your shit and move someplace else because we need your land." How much more polite and reasonable can a request be?
In both cases, the indigenous people were clearly informed that God had given us their land. You'd think any reasonable Palestinian would say, "Oh, God gave you this land, why didn't you say so, just let me take a last look at the fields I've worked all my life, and at the olive groves my great, great grandfather planted, and I'm out of here."
But instead (just like the stubborn Native Americans) the Palestinians got all pissy and indignant (just because Israel was blatantly stealing their land using military force). Clearly, some ethnic groups are just a little too sensitive. Just like the stubborn Native Americans, many Palestinians had the chutzpah to actually resist being violently thrown off their land. Amazing! Reasoning with such people is obviously futile.
The U.S. then suggested Israel might bring the Palestinians to their senses by massacring a few of their villages (this tactic had often proved a convincing argument for Native Americans stubbornly occupying U.S. land). Unfortunately, many Palestinians still refused to leave (and those who did leave hold a grudge to this day). Amazing! Reasoning with such people is obviously futile.
Both the U.S. and Israel eventually forced hundreds of thousands of indigenous people off land they'd occupied for centuries. Both nations conceded "sovereign" territories for the displaced natives, but almost immediately began violently stealing that land too.
Both nations encouraged illegal settlements on these "sovereign" territories, inexorably forcing many indigenous people to struggle in squalor on worthless, arid land. Those who dared to resist were labeled "savages" by the U.S. and "terrorists" by Israel (of course, exterminating "savages" and "terrorists" is perfectly moral).
Why are the U.S. and Israel such good friends? Obviously the U.S. and Israel share the same deep moral values. What better basis for a close friendship than sharing the same deep moral values?
Carmen Yarrusso lives on a river in a small town in New Hampshire and often writes about uncomfortable truths.