For a long time I’ve been questioning the continuing military aid to Israel. Sure, it is the only true democracy in the Middle East, and they have reason to be concerned for their national security. But, their leaders have been both corrupt and hot headed for quite some time. Some of the criticism they get is well deserved. In defiance of international law, they keep building new settlements in territory that was Palestinian.
And some of the support they get is silly. Those same fundamentalists that are predicting the end of the world on Saturday, have been supporting Israel because they believed upheaval in the Middle East would hasten the day of the rapture, when they are called to Heaven and the rest of us sinners will be left filming their left-overs on the streets of our communities.
Sadly, come Monday, we will still be living in a world where Israeli citizens live in fear of suicide terrorists, and Palestinians have no place to live in peace and dignity. And Benjamin Netanyahu will still be pissed at Barack Obama. For the first time in America’s history, an Israeli Prime Minister was told to grow up, and stop stalling the peace process. And he was told that the day before he was scheduled to meet with Obama in the Oval Office.
I’d give anything to be in the Oval Office during that conversation today. I’m sure the agenda was informed by conversations with the King of Jordan just the other day.
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Obama and King of Jordan Talk
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