During the past 3 weeks, there hasn’t been a single Israeli wounded or killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber, nor has there been one Jewish settler attacked nor has there been one Israeli soldier killed. Instead, there have been 15 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during this same period including a mother and her two small children, a 7-year old Palestinian boy, and three Palestinian security members, all three killed execution style. In addition, the Israelis have demolished 41 Palestinian homes and uprooted hundreds of Palestinian olive trees. And to add insult to injury, the Israeli government approved a 480 Elkana settlement housing project for more illegal Jewish settlements on confiscated Palestinian land. Yet we heard not one word of condemnation or one voice of criticism from the Bush Administration during this period. Instead, the President expressed some satisfaction for the “relative calm” Middle East violence. I guess “relative calm” only fits description when there are no Israelis killed.
While the Israelis were killing innocent mothers and their young children, and while the Israelis were demolishing innocent Palestinian homes and uprooting olive tree orchards, our U.S. Congress was passing a resolution of solidarity with Israel and calling for sanctions against the Palestinian Liberation Organization led by Yasser Arafat, who they said had supported terrorism against Israel. Earlier in the week Congress passed a resolution backing Israel and supporting its military incursions into Palestinian lands while at the same time the House Appropriations Committee was voting to give Israel an extra $200 million in military aid.
Well, today, a Palestinian suicide bomber disguised in an army uniform slipped into a fruit and vegetable market in the town of Netanya, Israel and detonated his explosive, killing one Israeli, wounding at least 28 and ending a brief period of “relative calm.” And yes, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice all rushed to the podium to condemn these terrible attacks on these innocent Israelis, never mentioning the attacks during the past two weeks on the innocent Palestinians.
What about Israel? What about the 15 Palestinians killed this week? What do you have to say about that? You pretend to be concerned about peace in the Middle East but you never condemn the Israelis for their crimes. Do you believe that Palestinians blow themselves up because they like to do that sort of thing? Do you believe they would be using suicide bombers if the Israelis didn’t have an occupation army in Palestine and weren’t killing Palestinian women and children and bulldozing Palestinian homes? Do you believe that they would be strapping explosives on their own women and sending them into Jewish restaurants and discos if they had tanks and F-16s and Apache helicopters like the Israelis are using against them? You never mention about the bombs and tanks and bulldozers of the Israelis. Are these any less explosive than the suicide bombs that kill innocent Jews?
But when the Palestinians attempt to acquire some weapons to defend themselves Secretary of State Colin Powell makes it out as the most devastating crime of the century while at the same time arming these Israeli criminals with $billions of American made weapons each and every year. Why don’t you take a trip to Jenin and see what American made bombs used by the Israeli forces will do, Mr. Secretary? Now, this is real destruction; this isn’t just one cafe or one wedding hall. This is an entire village. After all, you were in Israel just a few weeks ago but refused to see the damage first hand; instead, you let the war criminal, Ariel Sharon, talk you out of it. I guess you didn’t want to risk being labeled an “anti-Semite” when you returned to face the American people and the American Congress.
That’s the problem with our entire Middle East Policy. We’re not interested in finding a balanced solution to Middle East violence. We’re only interested in doing what the American Jewish interests demand us to do and to do otherwise would be political suicide. This kind of policy is ruining the American system and has cost the American taxpayer more than $100 billion to support this kind of extortion.
Folks, we have a serious problem in Washington. We have a government that bends to the Jewish interests rather than American interests no matter what the costs to the American taxpayer may be. As long as it benefits Israel it benefits their political careers. These political leaders know what side their bread is buttered and anyone who expects otherwise is living in a dream world. We have a serious problem in Washington and I’m pointing at our government from top to bottom. Just before going to work each morning our leaders, representatives and senators make their first stop by the office of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and give their loyalty to the State of Israel, not to the interests of the American people. In turn, this million dollar a year lobbying group then unlocks the door to thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. Over the past decade, pro-Israel interests have given $41 million to candidates, and this stranglehold on our American system has corrupted our United States Government.
And now, these same Jewish interest groups are demanding that we attack Iraq because Iraq is a threat to the United States. Senator Joseph Lieberman, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and the Defense Chairman of the Advisory Board, Richard Perle, are also calling for the bombing of Iraq as the only sure method of destroying this threat. These Jewish politicians aren’t concerned about the United States. They’re concerned about Israel. Iraq is no threat to the United States. Iraq is a threat to Israel. Senator Lieberman, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle and other pro-Israelis in Washington don’t want anyone else in the Middle East to own Nuclear weapons except Israel. It’s Israel, not the United States, that these zionists are concerned about. And they’re willing to risk American lives and American money to insure that Israel is the super power in the Middle East. Funny, they never mention the danger of a homicidal maniac such as Ariel Sharon having his hands on nuclear and biological weapons. Iraq never has attacked the United States, but Israel has. Have they forgotten already about Israel’s attempt to sink the USS Liberty and blame it on the Egyptians?”
And let this be no shock to anyone. It’s the U.S. government allowing itself to be used by Israel and by unethical Jewish interest groups that have caused the United States to suffer the losses incurred by the September 11 attack, that resulted in the war against Afghanistan, that has emboldened the Israelis to brutalize and repress the Palestinians even more than usual, that is leading this nation to an all time low.
Our government system is being corrupted by an evil force and it’s up to all faithful and loyal citizens to voice their concern and demand from their congressmen/women and senator that America comes first. It’s up to all Americans to pressure our representatives in Congress that their loyalty must be with the American people and not with the Jewish demands that may reward their political coffers. Too many American politicians have supported Zionism’s criminal activities rather than the true interests of the American people. It’s time for all of us to rise to the occasion. America must heed the farewell address of the Father of our Country and “avoid foreign entanglements.” America and the American people must always come first.
James J. David is a retired Brigadier General and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College, and the National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington DC. He served as a Company Commander with the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 and also served nearly 3 years of Army active duty in and around the Middle East from 1967-1969.