The population of Israel is roughly one-third that of the state of California, yet it is somehow allowed to siphon-off fully one-fourth of our total foreign aid budget, a figure well over $3 billion annually.
It is painful to remember the outcome of a meeting in February, 1945 between FDR and Saudi King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud. They were discussing the relocation of Jews who had survived the holocaust. The Saudi King made the following argument: "Make the enemy and the oppressor pay; that is how we Arabs wage war. Amends should be made by the criminal, not by the innocent bystander. What injury have Arabs done to the Jews of Europe? It is the "Christian" Germans who stole their homes and lives. Let the Germans pay."
His counsel was ignored and we shamefully turned our heads away as 800,000 Palestinian Arabs were forcibly evicted from their homes and land to make room for European Jews. Even today, there are elderly Palestinians in squalid refugee camps who have the keys to the front doors of their homes in Jerusalem, homes occupied for more than half a century by a Jewish family.
Ask yourself, should you be bitter? Might you encourage fellow Arabs to avenge this theft by flying planes into the tall buildings of the powerful country that continues to support this injustice?
What is there about this colossal foreign policy blunder and its consequences that we can't understand?
M. Jensen Ogden