American Voices: What lies ahead for the rocky US/Israel relationship?

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The relationship between the United States and longtime ally Israel is at a historic low point following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s contentious speech to Congress and the revelation that Israel has spied on the US in an effort to undermine nuclear negotiations with Iran. What do you think?

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22 Responses

  1. a blah chick
    March 27, 2015, 3:34 pm

    Wow, you almost had me there.

    On a related note the parody account on Twitter for Stuart Zionist Turtle was suspended because too many people took him seriously.

  2. Giles
    March 27, 2015, 3:35 pm

    I think Israel has never been an ally — or certainly has not been for several decades.

    Unless I am mistaken, Israel has no written obligations to the USA and our obligations to them are not signed agreements between the two nations but rather Congress adopted legislation written by AIPAC.

    • John O
      March 27, 2015, 3:50 pm

      I believe that a requirement for a treaty of alliance is agreed borders. The USA would be unwise to ally with the UK if the latter still claimed Calais in northern France (which it lost in the 16th century) as a disputed part of its territory. Which explains why Israel has no real allies anywhere.

      • The Dirty Democrat
        March 28, 2015, 3:05 pm

        Israel has no borders agreed to ever. And they keep stealing lands belonging to Palestinians.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      March 27, 2015, 4:46 pm

      That’s my understanding too. The US has no formal obligations to Israel. It’s all bluster about ‘eternal friendship’ – in one direction only – but nothing set in stone.

      • Mooser
        March 28, 2015, 6:08 pm

        “Israel has no borders agreed to ever.”

        As I understand it Israel does have borders. After all, they couldn’t very well declare statehood without knowing where the state was. Unfortunately, at that time and ever since, Israel has been occupying colonizing and settling land outside of Israel, non of which has ever been annexed.

    • Ellen
      March 27, 2015, 5:13 pm

      The US does not have a treaty of alliance with Israel. It is impossible under international law for obvious reasons — as Israel has never established its borders.

      So there …….

    • Citizen
      March 27, 2015, 7:04 pm

      First US FTA was with Israel–totally lopsided in Israel’s favor thanks to Israel First types on US negotiation team handing Israeli team the US negotiation team’s strategy under the table–complete with full input of US business interests by name each. Lots of MOUs, also all tipped heavily in Israel’s favor, including guaranteeing Israel oil at our own expense. Further, I read that US offered a mutual military defense treaty to Israel, but Israel rejected it as it did not want to be bound by any such treaty.

    • Philip Munger
      March 27, 2015, 8:12 pm

      There are no bilateral treaties between the United States of America and Israel. There are, however, a number of signed agreements on strategic cooperation, some of which obligate the Israelis to actually cooperate and provide information and materials.

      They have never been a true ally of the United States, nor of any other country. I doubt they ever will be. I cannot see a change possible there that might bring about anything more than increasing isolation for that untrustworthy nation.

      • just
        March 27, 2015, 8:24 pm

        ‘They have never been a true ally of the United States, nor of any other country. I doubt they ever will be. I cannot see a change possible there that might bring about anything more than increasing isolation for that untrustworthy nation.’

        I concur.

        Entirely.

    • meena
      March 28, 2015, 3:37 pm

      I totally agree with giles!

  3. just
    March 27, 2015, 3:40 pm

    rotflmao, and I really mean it!

    Well done!

  4. pabelmont
    March 27, 2015, 5:17 pm

    The Onion has a lot of good stuff. Where was I all that time? F’r instance, Israel calls for increase in US taxes to fund attack on Gaza.

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/israel-calls-for-increase-in-us-taxes-to-fund-atta,30423/

  5. JimMichie
    March 28, 2015, 8:29 am

    Zionist Israel has skillfully used the United States to carry forward its unlawful determination to either drive out or kill all Palestinians from their native land in order to become the only “religious” ethnic theocracy in the World–not a democracy. Zionist Israel, in reality, is a rogue “state” in hourly, daily violation of international laws and Geneva Conventions for the past six decades–and counting! It is an Apartheid “state” relying on the abject ignorance of most Americans to continue receiving more financial aid–$$$BILLIONS yearly–from the U.S. than any other nation in the world. Zionist Israel holds the record in recent history for militarily occupying another people’s land the longest–more than 47 years to date and counting. Zionist Israel has had nuclear weapons since the 1980s, but will not admit it and refuses to sign on to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as have all of the other nations with such weapons of mass destruction. The perpetual philosophy of a present-day typical Zionist: “What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours in mine for the taking!” Will Zionist Israel ever become a democracy in the true sense; will it ever come to realize that its “neighbors”, the Palestinians, are equal humans who must be set free, given justice and peace, and accorded dignity? Not of Zionist Israel’s own making!

    • meena
      March 28, 2015, 3:39 pm

      Very well stated “The perpetual philosophy of a present-day typical Zionist: “What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours in mine for the taking!” Will Zionist Israel ever become a democracy in the true sense; will it ever come to realize that its “neighbors”, the Palestinians, are equal humans who must be set free, given justice and peace, and accorded dignity?

    • truth2power
      March 29, 2015, 4:04 am

      JimMichie – I salute you! You have it in a nutshell! Well done!!

  6. Doubtom
    March 28, 2015, 11:22 am

    What’s with this “long-time ally” business. Does that mean they were fighting alongside of me in Korea and Vietnam and I didn’t even realize it? How long has this ‘alliance’ been going on and how has it manifested itself in all the wars and so-called wars the United States of America has engaged in? Is this “alliance” much like that “special relationship” we’re suppose to have with this “long-time ally” which no one has yet defined? Or like the that “unbreakable bond” that came out of nowhere and that no one can tell when it was ‘created’ or by what vote of the American people?
    Face it, the American populace is knee-deep in Israeli and AIPAC propaganda and is totally unaware of it. We’re being led to slaughter by a group that constitutes less than 2 % of the population.

  7. retired
    March 28, 2015, 12:03 pm

    Tzipora is really quite nice. Well done.

  8. Sulphurdunn
    March 28, 2015, 12:06 pm

    “We should support the only state in the Middle East that lets women drive tanks”

    Does she mean Jordan?

  9. MRW
    March 28, 2015, 5:13 pm

    “We should support the only state in the Middle East that lets women drive tanks”

    OK.

    Syria’s female tank drivers: Battalion of 800 women commandos in fierce clashes with rebels on the front-line in Damascus
    http://www.coloradonewsday.com/news/regional/98629-syria-s-female-tank-drivers-battalion-of-800-women-commandos-in-fierce-clashes-with-rebels-on-the-front-line-in-damascus.html

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