Wouldn’t It Be Nice if Our Politicians Would Just Say “NO” to Israel?
We give Israel at least $3 billion every year. We give them even more whenever people in Gaza and the West Bank protest Israeli occupation with more than the usual vigor. This year is one of those years that the people in Gaza remind us that they’ve had enough occupation.
I’ve seen some people say that Israel is justified in bombing a concentration camp filled with children. Some people say that Israel was warned something big was coming months before that fateful day on October 7th. It’s not easy to find people who say that this entanglement America has made with Israel isn’t working for Americans.
The Israel lobby is legendary. The American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) has a stellar track record:
WE STAND with those who stand with Israel. The AIPAC PAC is a bipartisan, pro-Israel political action committee. It is the largest pro-Israel PAC in America and contributed more resources directly to candidates than any other PAC. 98% of AIPAC-backed candidates won their general election races in 2022. [emphasis mine]
AIPAC prides itself on bipartisan support from a political duopoly. Within that duopoly, there are powerful interests who act as if they’re terrified of what would happen if America just said “no” to Israel. Congress says that Israel protects American interests. Which interests?
The first and most obvious American interest is oil and gas from the Middle East. Israel helps us to keep the mainline supplies of fossil fuels in check and flowing smoothly for America’s allies. How do they do it? Israel is the first name I think of when I see or hear the word, “surveillance”. If I ever wanted to spy on another country, politician, or the working class, I’d call Israel.
Israel has built a surveillance super state and one of their major exports is surveillance services and technology. America uses them to surveil the biggest oil producers. We use…