Israel, Hagel and the politics of the extreme

  • Article by: JASON LEWIS
  • Updated: March 2, 2013 - 4:40 PM

There’s a much more vibrant debate about Israel in Israel than there is here.

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pumiceMar. 2, 13 5:31 PM

From the article: "In fact, there’s a much more vibrant and open debate on Israeli policy in Tel Aviv than there is in Washington."

And the reason, according to Col. Uri Dromi: “Either we give the Palestinians equal rights, in which case, Israel ceases to be Jewish, or we don’t, in which case, Israel ceases to be democratic. The only way for Israel to remain both Jewish and democratic is for it to pull out of the territories.”

pumiceMar. 2, 13 5:45 PM

Also from the article: "[T]he United States can ill afford to establish military tripwires around the globe — in Asia, in Europe, in the Middle East." After more than a decade of unfunded military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, after years of outspending the next fourteen nations put together on defense, after tarnishing our national character and undermining our national reputation, it's time and past time to beat our swords into infrastructure.

braxozMar. 2, 13 8:29 PM

There are not many times that I agree with Jason Lewis, but this time I thank him for a well written column.

luzhishenMar. 2, 1310:00 PM

Is it April 1? I find myself agreeing with Lewis.

djscoreMar. 2, 1311:13 PM

Kissinger was quoting Lord Palmerston, PM of Great Britain (1855-1858, 1859-1865):"We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow."

apolloniosMar. 3, 13 7:18 AM

Fellow commenters: If you agree with the writer, are you taking action? Let your representative and both your senators know that you don't want Mideast military adventures and you do want the U.S. government to make our aid to Israel contingent on equal treatment for Palestinians inside and outside Israel. Make your campaign contribution contingent on their position. Otherwise, it's just talk.

marychristineMar. 3, 13 8:40 AM

I, too, find myself surprised to be in agreement with Jason Lewis and thanking him for this commentary. In another column perhaps he will expand on what constitutes U.S. interests. In the opinion of a growing number of Americans, U.S. interests are not the same as Israel's anymore -- if they ever were. For a thorough analysis of the manipulation of American politics on the issue of Israel, readers should consult "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," by scholars John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, published in 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It makes clear the reason there is a far more open debate about Israel/Palestine in Tel Aviv than in Washington D.C. The reason is that the organizations that lobby so effectively for Israel virtually "own" the American Congress and aggressively silence and punish dissenters. All Americans need to know how our open wallet and closed minds on behalf of Israel have corrupted the "liberty and justice for all" ideal for which we claim to stand. Jason Lewis, thank you for a good start at educating the public.

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