Israel drives U.S. foreign policy

After reading D. Moskowitz’s letter, “US shouldn’t send weapons to Egypt,” I was struck by its belligerent tone as he professes unconditional support for Israel’s government and its military. My view is that Israel’s government promotes racist, apartheid policies that violate the Geneva Conventions, World Court decisions, and UN Resolutions, especially UN Resolution 242 which calls for the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from Occupied Palestinian territories.

In addition, Israel continues to disregard U.S. law by ignoring the provisions of both the Foreign Assistance Act and the Arms Export Control Act. From 2009 until 2018, the U.S. has committed to giving Israel $30 billion dollars in military aid. Of that total, N.H. taxpayers will send $116 million to Israel in military assistance. One thinks that our local schools could better use that money to reduce class sizes and update technology.

Finally, General Petraeus in 2010, in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee submitted this: “The conflict (between Israel-Palestine) foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of US partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support.”

Petraeus’s comments were later echoed by Hillary Clinton and CENTCOM commander Gen. James Matthis. Israeli hawks were outraged and Petraeus withdrew his testimony. Yet, the fact remains that Israel drives U.S. foreign policy.

Will Thomas