By: Tony L. Jefferson, Jr.
Let me start by saying that I am not against Israel or Jewish people. I have no ill will toward Jews, Arabs or to my beloved country the United States of America. This article is only for discussion purposes and I am open to any opinion or fact presented in this discussion.
As history has shown us, the current country of Israel wasn’t formed till the year of 1948. Before that time the current land was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, who also controlled a large area of Arab territory. The current state of Israel was called Ottoman Palestine and was occupied by people of Arabic decent.
It wasn’t until 1917 when Britain took control of the land that Jewish immigrants began moving into the land. Britain supported the creation of a national home for the Jewish immigrants in Palestine. From the formation of the country of Israel till present day Jewish and Arabic people have fought over land where, in antiquity, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah had once been.
The United States has never in its 200 plus year history received any economic, military, strategic or tactical assistance from Israel. The United States for some reason still strongly supports Israel, but this support often jeopardizes our relationship with other countries, including Israel’s presumed enemies. So why is it we support Israel if we get nothing in return?
In my opinion it’s the similarities in the religion of most Americans and the country of Israel. The Christian faith of most Americans directly stems from the Jewish faith of majority of Israelites. We believe if we don’t support Israel we will come under the wrath of God for forsaken his chosen people, whom the present day Israelites claim to be. This often puts us at great risk of acquiring the same enemies that Israel has. The Arabic countries turned away from Israel because of its land dispute with Palestine whose people are of Arabic decent. One problem with this is that the US has huge oil dependence and majority of the world’s oil supply lies in the Arabic countries.
Since the beginning of our support for Israel, Americans have been the target of extremist attacks from some Arabic countries. Instead of playing favorites, we should be a neutral entity. Although strategically and economically it would benefit us to be allies with the Arabic countries, that would only cause a whole set of new problems. As the worlds current superpower we should set the example of working together for a greater good.
I believe a neutral status would further help Israel and Palestine form two separate countries and in turn Islamic extremist wouldn’t target us as much and we could have a better relationship with the Arabic countries. This could be a huge economic advantage for the United States. Anti-American sentiment stems from our favoritism of Israel. These two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and Iran’s current attitude towards Americans might have been prevented, if our foreign policy was of a neutral entity trying to unite the two countries and stabilize the whole region of the Middle East. In my opinion Israel only shares a similar religion with America and benefits the US in no other way. This should not classify them as our strongest ally. Becoming a neutral country would be one of our best foreign policies.