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January 1, 2020

Israel and the US

Opinion

January 1, 2020

The tail don’t wag the dog, and the US government was not somehow infiltrated and manipulated into supporting the capitalistic, ever-expansive, angry, and war-like successive governments in Israel, nor was it manipulated into supporting the right-wing Israeli settlers who undermined every attempt at peace any Israeli president ever made. The US government did these things of its own free will. The tail don’t wag the dog.

Every UN vote of approval, every million dollars spent, every weapon sent, every congressional measure of praise for the Israeli image(devoid of Palestinian reality), starting from the first cheering vote of recognition in 1948, each one of these things the US government does as though a proud father to its Israeli son. Some fathers raise their sons to be just like them, and simultaneously pass on a heavy karmic burden; others raise their children to grow far beyond them.

Many of the most racist and violent Israeli settlers in Palestine are from the US, and are allowed to live lavishly on welfare/fundraised money, with no work other than attacking the Palestinians living next door to them.

Perhaps the US government is somehow unaware of this situation, or perhaps they simply don’t tell the public and keep such things under the rug, far from public discussion.

American people living in Palestine who are literally funded to hate and attack live smack in the middle of Hebron, Palestine, a culturally-rich city and economic engine of the region. These Americans live well on fundraised-welfare with no occupation other than attacking children, women, elderly people, ambulance drivers, men, fathers, activists, freedom-fighters who are daily protecting their homes, neighborhood, city, and society and who are praying for an end to the genocidal rage they face every day in a place once called paradise.

The Israeli soldiers who are stationed to protect the Israeli(American) settlers are also funded and armed by the United States government. Which tail wags which dog here? Is the United States government a hapless and innocent player in this that just can’t figure out how to make peace?

Many Palestinians support BDS, pressuring the Israeli government to cease its addiction to brutality and cruelty, to violence, greed, colonization, and occupation. And what should the world’s response be to the United States government?

Certainly in the United States, our government has hid in plain sight in the debacle of Israel and Palestine.

Excerpted from: ‘The Tail Don’t Wag the Dog: Israel and the United States’.

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