The U.S. has been giving billions of dollars to Egypt and Israel ostensibly to keep the peace between these to nations. Egypt is far from being a democracy and Israel in effect uses its funds to colonize Palestine. Is it not time that we put these monies to better use? We could redirect some of them — now approaching one hundred billions of dollars — to assist the suffering Palestinians or at least to reduce our own national debts.

Let us stop funding oppression and violence there — both Palestinian and Israeli — and begin to enforce real peace in that region.

I realize that Obama has enough on his hands now not to take on AIPAC (America’s pro Israel lobby), but I think the time has come for Americans to speak out and stop letting ourselves be conned into sending funds no longer supported by the bulk of us with financial problems of our own.

Please don’t pull the anti-Semitism smear on me. I support the existence of Israel, but not its abuses of its neighbors which I fear are breeding anti-Semitism. Christianity has long been anti-Semitic since — ironically — its Jewish origins. I would hate to see it unleashed yet again in yet new forms:

It is time for us to call Israel into good order and to stop supporting its worst practices. Caring Jews are doing so both here and in Israel! It is time that the rest of us gave them our full support! If we do not, we may see catastrophe for all living in that region — WMD are too available to do the worst there.

AIPAC is not an organization that has American interests as its aim — only control of our politicians by intimidation.

Enough already!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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