To anyone reading this:
Before you react, realize that the juxtapositions are used to prove a point.
When Should We No Longer Support Israel?
By Victor Davis Hanson
March 30, 2004
The recent assassination of Sheik Saruman raises among some Americans
the question-at what point should we reconsider our rather blanket
support for the Israelis and show a more even-handed attitude toward
the Palestinians? The answer, it seems to me, should be assessed in
cultural, economic, political, and social terms.
Well, we should no longer support Israel, when.
Mr. Sharon suspends all elections and plans a decade of unquestioned
Mr. Sharon suspends all investigation about fiscal impropriety as his
family members spend millions of Israeli aid money in Paris.
All Israeli television and newspapers are censored by the Likud
Israeli hit teams enter the West Bank with the precise intention of
targeting and blowing up Arab women and children.
Preteen Israeli children are apprehended with bombs under their
shirts on their way to the West Bank to murder Palestinian families.
Israeli crowds rush into the street to dip their hands into the blood
of their dead and march en masse chanting mass murder to the
Rabbis give public sermons in which they characterize Palestinians as
the children of pigs and monkeys.
Israeli school textbooks state that Arabs engage in blood sacrifice
and ritual murders.
Mainstream Israeli politicians, without public rebuke, call for the
destruction of Palestinians on the West Bank and the end to Arab
society there.
Likud party members routinely lynch and execute their opponents
without trial.
Jewish fundamentalists execute with impunity women found guilty of
adultery on grounds that they are impugning the “honor” of the family.
Israeli mobs with impunity tear apart Palestinian policemen held in
Israeli television broadcasts-to the tune of patriotic music-the last
taped messages of Jewish suicide bombers who have slaughtered dozens
of Arabs.
Jewish marchers parade in the streets with their children dressed up
as suicide bombers, replete with plastic suicide-bombing vests.
New Yorkers post $25,000 bounties for every Palestinian blown up by
Israeli murderers.
Israeli militants murder a Jew by accident and then apologize on
grounds that they though he was an Arab-to the silence of Israeli
Jews enter Arab villages in Israel to machine gun women and children.
Israeli public figures routinely threaten the United States with
terror attacks.
Bin Laden is a folk hero in Tel Aviv.
Jewish assassins murder American diplomats and are given de facto
sanctuary by Israeli society.
Israeli citizens celebrate on news that 3,000 Americans have been
Israeli citizens express support for Saddam Hussein’s supporters in
Iraq in their efforts to kill Americans.
So until then, I think most Americans can see the moral differences
in the present struggle.
If the Palestinians wish to hold periodic and open elections,
establish an independent judiciary, create a free press, arrest
murderers, subject their treasury to public scrutiny, eschew suicide
murdering, censure religious leaders who call for mass murder,
embrace non-violent dissidents, extend equal rights to women, end
honor killings, raise funds in the Arab world earmarked only to build
water, sewer, transportation, and education infrastructure, and
pledge that any Jews who choose to live in the West Bank will enjoy
the same rights as Arabs in Israel, then they might find Americans
equally divided over questions of land and peace.
But all that is a lot of ifs. And so for the present, Palestinian
leaders shouldn’t be too surprised that Americans increasingly find
very little in their society that has much appeal to either our
values or sympathy. If they continually assure us publicly that they
are furious at Americans, then they should at least pause, reflect,
and ask themselves why an overwhelming number of Americans-not
Jewish, not residents of New York, not influenced by the media-are
growing far more furious with them.

4 thoughts on “When Should We No Longer Support Israel?

  1. That was a good article, and I enjoyed reading it. I was simplistic, but at the same time some things don’t really need overanalyzation.
    By the way, you’ll notice that I added you to my friends list. I dont know if I’ve introduced myself yet in a post to you. My name is Tim.. and I find it interesting that anyone in the South would convert to Judaism. What was the response of your family? Dont get me wrong; I’m not a religious person and, being a southerner myself, all of the local “jay-zus” croud tend to annoy me… but your decision is interesting, and if you’d like to talk about it, that’d be great.
    Btw, I read your livejournal by following a link from the ex-christians page. That’s how I stumbled onto you, btw.

  2. Hi Tim:
    As I said in my intro to the former-Christians community, my decision to convert to Judaism was based on my study of Hebrew and Greek, study of Jewish tradition itself, with spirituality thrown in there as well. As far as my family’s response, I think they’re just convinced it’s some sort of phase. They’re Catholics, but not particularly observant. I think one of the things I like about Judaism the most is the fact that I’m encouraged to ask questions, and I’m not expected to follow someone else’s idea of G-d just because it’s the sanctioned idea, or anything like that. In short, I’m not required to have faith without a healthy dose of reason thrown in there. BTW, what part of the south are you from? I’m not originally from the south, (I grew up in Columbus, OH), but I know live in Greenville, NC.

  3. Well, while I’ll admit there are plenty of valid points from an ideological standpoint made here, I think this is the same kind of emotional string-pulling we saw to justify the US’s invasion of Iraq. How the Palestinians treat adulterous women shouldn’t be at issue here, and while we can both agree that it’s reprehensible it’s a matter of culture which I don’t believe we have any right to truly condemn. Now I realize that’s probably going to open a whole separate can of worms, and I want to stay somewhat on topic. There’s obviously a hell of a lot of passion on the Palestinian side of this issue, and while it’s easy for us to gape at pictures of Palestinians cheering at American demise, they feel perfectly justified in such an action because in their eyes they’ve been wronged by America just as they have been wronged by Israel. I don’t think the answer is to start shifting support to the Palestinians, but a blanket support of Israel’s militaristic policies will only exasserbate the conflict and continue to highlight America as a future target. Hmm, more later, perhaps.
    I didn’t realize you were a former christian. That’s really interesting, actually. My parents were also catholics, though I don’t think they can really call themselves that nowadays as my mother does not seem to care much for religion and my father considers it to be a private matter. I can’t really call myself an ex-christian, because I wasn’t really ever a full believer, and once I came to understand what faith really meant I completely lost all desire for it. How did you come to the decision to convert?


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