Three top journalists in three days have written that the US should stop propping up the Israel government — because it has no intention of negotiating peace with the Palestinians, which is probably reciprocated.
But more than that, these journalists are recommending that the US stop giving Israel $3 billion of military aid each year, the first time that recommendation has been made in print in the 17 years since Secretary of State James Baker was such an advocate.
Tom Friedman suggested the US “just get out of the picture … I just don’t want to subsidize it or anesthetize it anymore. We need to fix America. If and when they get serious, they’ll find us.”
Joe Kein wrote the US “should start putting a hold on all economic and military aid to Israel … until the Netanyahu government comes to understand that Jerusalem must be the capital of both Israel and Palestine, and that if you actually want peace, you don’t build illegal settlement colonies in the Palestine capital.”
Glenn Greenwald asked in Is using aid to Israel as leverage becoming a mainstream idea? He states: the US “single-handedly enable Israeli behavior with our massive amounts of military aid, diplomatic protection, and weapons supplying, which means Israeli behavior is rationally perceived by much of the Muslim world as being one and the same as American behavior. Muslim anger towards Israel will inevitably translate into Muslim anger towards the U.S. for as long as we continue to flood Israel with aid and cover.
“For so long, it’s been an unchallengeable given that we are required to continue to lavish Israel with aid and diplomatic protection even if they do things that our own government believes (or at least claims to believe) is directly harming the United States. Perhaps Friedman’s implicit (if unintended) call for that to change — and Klein’s explicit call that it change — signals a long-overdue erosion of that taboo.”
This has been an excellent week for common sense.