Letters in the Register-Guard editor’s mailbag
Allegiance to Israel unexplained
The folly of America’s Middle Eastern policy was succinctly summarized in William Pfaff’s pithy Aug. 26 column in The Register-Guard, where he wrote, “Washington’s total allegiance to Israel and to Israel’s expansion and domination of territories legally Palestinian renders impossible any close, impartial, disinterested or candid relationship with an Arab government.”
Also, the total U.S. allegiance to Israel has led the United States to turn a blind eye to wrongs Israel has committed against it. Two examples:
-The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, which killed and wounded scores of U.S. naval officers, has remained unexplained and the Israeli perpetrators unpunished.
-Since Israel’s creation in 1948, Washington’s policy has been to give Israel whatever it wants, including economic assistance and military intelligence. Yet, Israel has spied on the United States. In 1985, one spy, Jonathan Pollard, was finally captured and imprisoned.
In the Middle East, Israel has attacked ships in international waters, bombed Iraq and Syria and invaded Lebanon. In Palestine, on a daily basis, the Israelis deny the Palestinians economic, political and social justice through total control of land, air and water. United Nations resolutions against Israel that seek justice for aggrieved countries are routinely vetoed by the United States.
The U.S. government, since 1948, has failed to explain to Americans how their interests are served by Washington’s total allegiance to Israel; why national dialogue on the anatomy of the U.S.-Israel relationship is non-existent, and how is it that Israel is exempt from international treaties and laws.
M. Reza Behnam