The sooner we get over treating Israel as a sacred ally the sooner the Middle East situation will start to be resolved. Israel is not an ally; it is much more like a dysfunctional relative who we once liked but has worn out our patience and our pocket book to fulfill various addictions. In the case of Israel the cost to us has been over $100 billion.
And that’s before adding in the ancillary expenses such as that of the war on terror. It is not unlikely, for example, that there never would have been a 9/11 if Israel has been acting in a more mature and peace seeking manner in the previous years.
Even the slowest and most incremental progress in peace seeking can calm things down. But we don’t allow peace experts much on our network news shows or at the White House so we don’t hear much about this.
Instead, we egg on, and join in, Israel’s masochistic machismo – as Obama did before AIPAC - and then wonder why we have people trying to blow our things up.