Local apologists for Israel can obfuscate until the cows come ome, but it doesn't change the damning facts.
When Israel was created in 1949, 800,000 Palestinian Arabs were forcibly evicted from the homes and lands they'd occupied for hundreds of years. This, despite a rational argument made to FDR by Saudi King Abdul Azia ibn Saud in 1945: "Make the enemy and the oppressor pay; that is how we Arabs wage war. Amends should be made by the ciminal, 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." He was appealing, of course, for a part of Germany to be set aside as a homeland for Holocaust survivors.
But it was not to be. Against the advice of our own state department, the Truman administration supported the creation of Israel on Palestinian land. Even now, all these years later, our government continues to support Israel with fully one-fourth of our total foreign aid budget. That's $8,000,000 daily for a country with a population one-third that of Califronia. Why do we still wonder why enraged Arabs fly planes into our tall buildings?
In these uncertain times, when we can't afford to help our own people, why are distant Israelis more deserving than our fellow Americans?
M. Jensen Ogden