The United States and Israel are at a tipping point in terms of their relations to one another in the wake of Israel and their battle with the Hamas in Gaza.
United States President Barack Obama and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pretty much don’t like one another too much dating back to Obama’s first term as President. The United States has trust issues with Israel and rightfully so.
While people agree that the Hamas are a terrorist organization, people also should step back and look at Israel and their lack of concern for killing thousands of civilians in Gaza whether it may be in U.N. shelters or hospitals in less than a month.
Yes, people understand that the Hamas has been launching rockets into Israel and the people of Israel have had enough. That is definitely understandable.
However, people should also understand that Palestinians in Gaza want to live a normal life just like people do in Israel and Israel killing Palestinian civilians without caring should be addressed. Israel can handle things better.
People need to understand that there is no such thing as good guys against bad guys when it comes to wars. Every country in the world has skeletons in their closet and will do what they want when it suits them.
So what justifies Israel and their actions in Gaza to bomb shelters filled with children and a make stupid excuse of, “Well the Hamas were hiding bombs there.”
Palestinian civilians don’t deserve to die. Israeli civilians don’t deserve to die either.
However, people need to come to grips with the fact that the United States shouldn’t blindly consider Israel an ally. Israel has proven and is proving that they will do whatever it takes to succeed. Even if it means the United States suffers in the process.
Netanyahu had some questionable comments about the stance between the United States and Israel as well as the war on terrorism back in 2008.
“We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq,” Netanyahu said via Harretz.com.
Does that sound like something a supposedly very good “Ally” should say? Why shouldn’t the United States keep an eye on Israel?
Why has that statement been swept under the rug? Anytime someone in the United States has something critical to say, people are always quick to remind people of certain quotes.
If an organization like the Hamas said that or if any country in the world had said that everyone would be angry and rightfully so.
So why does Netanyahu and Israel get a pass for a statement like that?
Statements like those give the impression that the Israeli government doesn’t care who gets hurt, just as long as Israel benefits at the end of the day.
There’s more. Netanyahu was asked in 2001 on what he thought the attacks on U.S. soil meant for the relationship between the United States and Israel and Netanyahu said, “It’s very good.” Netanyahu then tried to correct himself, ”Well, not very good, but it will generate immediate sympathy.” Via Nytimes.com.
So pretty much Netanyahu is operating under the “Misery likes company” deal. So because Israel has dealt with hardships in the past in terms of war that means that it is perfectly fine to be satisfied with the fact that the United States dealt with terrorist attacks on their soil?
It would be foolish to look at Israel and think that the United States should stand beside them no matter what.
The United States should look out for American citizens especially given the fact that Israel doesn’t care too much about what happens to Americans as long as it doesn’t negatively impact their bottom line.
The United States can’t fully trust anyone so it would be wise for them to sleep with one eye open.
(I’m Wola Odeniran and this is my own opinion and does not reflect the views of the site.)