Why the love-fest?

One of the more odd character traits that can be observed among Americans- across all shades of the political spectrum- is a curious fascination with meddling in Israel's domestic and foreign affairs. If I didn't know (at least slightly) better, I would suspect that it's a case of mass projection, especially on the part of putative "conservatives":
Begin with the obvious: the 180-degree disconnect between America’s and so much of Europe’s attitude toward Israel, as evidence, most recently, by Congress’s September 18 unanimous vote declaring Israel a “major strategic partner.” 
But in Europe, were it not for lingering (but vanishing) embarrassment over that “Holocaust thing,” it would not surprise this writer to see a vote declaring Israel a pariah sail through at least some European parliaments. 
As for America, like Europe, it is overwhelmingly Christian.  What, then, explains the affectionate bond between this Christian-majority country and the world’s only Jewish state? 
Here are my suggestions: 
1.  Both America and Israel were founded by people fleeing religious persecution. 
Jews, of course, have been persecuted literally for millennia; anti-Semitism has truly earned its characterization as “the world’s oldest hatred.” 
But the 16th century saw the advent of a new phenomenon in Europe: the persecution of Christians by other Christians. 
The religious persecution that drove settlers from Europe to the British North American colonies sprang from the conviction, held by Protestants and Catholics alike, that uniformity of religion must exist in any given society…  In some areas Catholics persecuted Protestants, in others Protestants persecuted Catholics, and in still others Catholics and Protestants persecuted wayward coreligionists. 

No wonder, then, given these Christians’ and Jews’ common historical experience, that the First Amendment to our Constitution prohibited the new government from infringing on the religious liberties of anyone.  But the point is, America is unique in having been founded by members of two religions fleeing persecution for their beliefs.

Then there is the Pilgrims’ likening of themselves and their flight from Europe to the New World to the Israelites’ flight from Egypt to the Promised Land. 

And that was just the beginning, as proto-Americans continued to identify with the ancient Israelites throughout the Revolutionary War.  As historian Don Higgenbotham writes inThe War of American Independence (emphasis mine): 

In most of the colonies that had militia, a major part of each training day was a sermon, sometimes called an "artillery sermon," which "literally bristled with Old Testament injunctions in support of a just war."… Several generations of Americans saw themselves transformed into the Biblical David, while France (and later Britain) was Goliath incarnate." 
No less a figure than Thomas Paine, in Common Sense, arguably the spark that ignited the American Revolution, cites the Jews as argument both against continued allegiance to a monarch and for independence. 
He then ices the cake by further citing his perceived notion of “Jewish exceptionalism” to exhort his countrymen to embrace the concept of American exceptionalism (emphasis mine): 
The hankering which the Jews had for the idolatrous customs of the Heathens, is something exceedingly unaccountable; but so it was, that… they came… to Samuel, saying, BEHOLD THOU ART OLD, AND THY SONS WALK NOT IN THY WAYS, NOW MAKE US A KING TO JUDGE US, LIKE ALL OTHER NATIONS.  And here we cannot but observe that their motives were bad, viz. that they might be LIKE unto other nations… whereas their true glory laid in being as much UNLIKE them as possible.

And need I mention that both and America and modern Israel had to wrest their independence not just from a European power, but from the same European power – Great Britain? 
2. America and Israel share the same values.  
America is commonly, and correctly, characterized as a Judeo-Christian country. 
And it is equally accurate to call modern Israel a “Christo-Jewish state.” [Didact: Dude. Have you ever even visited Israel? If not, don't spout such nonsense.] 
I am far from the first observer to note the Old Testament (read: Torah) tone to the Gettysburg Address – “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent…,”  not to mention Lincoln’s directly quoting Psalm 19:9, from the Hebrew Bible: “[T]he judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” [Didact: So now you're quoting the first true dictator in American history, who almost single-handedly started a war that killed over 10% of the country's population at the time, to support your argument? Wow. And I thought liberals were incoherent.]
But of course, the Second Inaugural contains another memorable passage – one suffused with Christianity: 
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. 
That’s Jesus speaking there, not Moses.  Or to put it another way, the citizens of Richmond and Atlanta would have gotten a much better deal from Lincoln, had he lived, than the citizens of Jericho got from Joshua. [Didact: Dafuq?!? Did the author of this silliness actually bother to learn what President Lincoln's generals did to the South? Specifically, what General William Tecumseh Sherman did on his March to the Sea?] 
And so, too, will the citizens or Ramallah and Gaza City if/when they make peace with the Jewish state.  Is there any question that Hamas’s most fervent wish is to destroy the Jewish state?  Is there any question that Israel seeks only the same peace she already enjoys with Egypt and Jordan?
I find this love-fest between America and Israel quite bizarre, not least because, evidently, unlike rather a lot of American conservatives, I've actually been to Israel. Moreover, I'm not a Christian, or a Jew; objectively speaking, I'm basically just a brown-skinned heathen. So all I can do is comment on what I have observed during my (all too brief) time in the Holy Land.

For one thing, I should make it very clear that the Israelis like America, and Americans- which is not surprising, given that the State of Israel would never have existed in the first place if the USA had not voted in favour of partition in 1947, and in so doing had swayed a significant number of otherwise non-aligned and wavering nations to the cause of Israeli independence and statehood.

However, Israelis are not nearly as pro-American as many Americans seem to be pro-Israel. In fact, compared to, say, Filipinos, or especially the Kurds, Israelis are nowhere near as pro-American as either of those two groups.

If Americans want to be consistent about standing up for people that love them, surely America's political establishment should be working with all possible speed and effort to secure the Kurds a homeland of their own? Preferably by dismantling Iraq, Iran, and Turkey and creating a proper state of Kurdistan? After all, the Kurds know a little something about persecution and mass slaughter at the hands of their oppressors too...

Moreover, Israel is a Jewish nation and has made it perfectly clear that it intends to remain so. I, of course, approve wholeheartedly of this attitude. It's their country, let them do with it as they please. Israel actively discriminates against Christianity and other religions, and does so without any apology whatsoever:
"The Supreme Court of Israel ruled in 1989 that Messianic Judaism constituted another religion, and that people who had become Messianic Jews were not therefore eligible for Aliyah under the law."
What makes Israel unusual, and laudable, among its neighbours in the Middle East is that, while it discriminates (legitimately) against other religions and beliefs, it does not persecute non-Jews. That is why the Baha'i, for instance, consider Israel to be the true home of their religion; it is why the Druze, who are a very unusual bunch of Muslims who put country before religion, are welcome in Israel; and it is why Christians can practice their faith there without problems.

This is far more than can be said for the Arabs, of course, who have some admirable qualities, to be sure- but a propensity for hard work, thrift, and tolerance of other religious views are most assuredly not among them.

If America is a Christian nation- which today it most assuredly is not, to its own great loss- then, by logical deduction, surely a nation that discriminates against Christians would be an enemy?

Fortunately, of course, there are similarities between the two nations. And there is no question among Israelis- at least, the ones that I met- that Israel owes a great deal to America and looks to its closest ally for trade, partnership, and mutual benefit. There is also the fact that Jews all over the world have historically been bound together by their common sympathy for their persecuted brethren, and as such (rightly) believe that they have a moral obligation to assist their fellow Jews wherever possible. When you combine this attitude with the not exactly inconsiderable wealth and power of American Jews, you end up with ripe grounds for a strong international partnership.

All of that being as it may, there is still no particularly good reason for a (nominally) Christian nation to interfere in the affairs of a (literally) Jewish nation. The Israelis have proven, repeatedly and with considerable elan, that they are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. Their enemies have found out the same thing, to their immense cost.

By all means, let America trade with Israel, and let the two nations build strong ties based on shared values, economic benefit, and comity. The two countries also share the same set of enemies; it is not for nothing that Israeli intelligence services work closely with their American counterparts, because both nations face a very real and very dangerous Islamic threat. The difference, of course, is that Israel faces that threat every day and understands Islam for the warped and evil political ideology that it is, whereas America still has a rather long way to go to figuring out the obvious and still insists on thinking that Islam is just a "religion" and that it's being hijacked by "extremists" who do things that "no God would justify". (This is of course Grade A, fully organic, all-natural horsesh*t.)

But let's not mistake "strong ties" and "mutual interest" with "a pathological need to go sticking one's nose where it does not belong".

Like many if not most Americans, I am strongly pro-Israeli. I call myself a Zionist because, like some of those same Americans, I am a nationalist. As far as I am concerned, Israel has every right to exist and has proven it repeatedly. Unlike most Americans, though, I have nothing but contempt for the idea that America needs to get involved in Israel's affairs and guard Israel against her enemies. The Israelis are quite capable of doing that by themselves, y'know. America has plenty of problems of her own to figure out- such as having thousands of illiterate barbarians invading her southern borders with impunity, or having disease-ridden Africans lying their way into the country and thereby exposing the entire country to a truly horrific lethal pathogen that kills in very ugly ways.

And let's not forget that small matter of having an utter halfwit, clown, and poltroon in charge who daily disgraces and diminishes the stature of the office that he occupies.

It is about high time that Americans stop trying to tell Israel how much they love them. And it is well past time that American politicians stop trying to invoke the spectre of the Holocaust to justify intervention in the Middle East, as if Israel is some sort of helpless idiot child. As the Israelis have proven, repeatedly, they are anything but helpless, and they are certainly not feeble or stupid.

The Holocaust occurred principally because the West, exhausted and drained after the Great War, and willing to put up with almost any indignity, pay any price, sacrifice any principle simply to avoid the spectre of another war with Germany, refused to act to stop the Beast when it should have. That is not to say that the Jews would not have been slaughtered en masse at some other point in history- they probably would have been, given the history of anti-Semitism in Europe- but it happened, the West learned from it, and on occasion figured out that standing up to the Beast actually did, and does, get results.

The Holocaust took place more than 70 years ago. It is high time that Jews stopped using it as a stick to browbeat the rest of us into unquestioning and unconditional support of Israel. That stopped being effective a long time ago with people of my generation.

In the three or four generations since the Holocaust, the Jews built their own nation- a strong, free, and mostly morally upright nation that gives the Jews of the world a home, and a representative among the nations of the world. The Jews now have a voice and a defender that they did not have back then. The only way another Holocaust will occur now is if, God forbid, an Islamic Caliphate arises with possession of nuclear weaponry and actually uses it against the Jewish state.

Fortunately, the Jews have certain nasty flash-bang weapons of their own now to act as a deterrent. If push comes to shove, I rather trust that the Israelis will do the right thing and actively bomb the barbarians of such a Caliphate back to before the Stone Age, where they belong and so evidently want to go.

Given these facts, it is well past time that we put the holier-than-thou attitude of Holocaustianity to rest. Let Israel do what Israel does best- beating its enemies like they were unwanted stepchildren, getting on with being a beacon of prosperity and hope in the midst of the squalor and filth of the rest of Arabia, and proving to the rest of us what miracles can be achieved with elbow grease and pigheadedness.


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