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March 17th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Time for the U.S. to get tougher with Israel?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With diplomatic tensions rising, both the U.S. and Israel are trying to tamp down the flames. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now insists the two allies enjoy a "close, unshakable bond."

Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in east Jerusalem. VP Biden has criticized Israel's decision to approve construction of 1,600 new homes for Jewish settlers in east Jerusalem.
Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in east Jerusalem. VP Biden has criticized Israel's decision to approve construction of 1,600 new homes for Jewish settlers in east Jerusalem.

But when Israel announced it was going ahead with the building of more settlements over the objections of the United States and when they chose to make the announcement while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel, Mrs. Clinton called Israel's actions "insulting" to the United States. Which they clearly were.

In a game of cover your whatever, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. now denies making statements that relations between the two countries are "in a crisis." But whatever state relations are in, it ain't good.

Some are suggesting it's time for the U.S. to get tougher with Israel. One Middle East expert wonders if the flare-up between the two countries means the Obama administration is seeking "regime change" in Israel.

Want to really get tough and send a message? Start cutting back on the approximately $2.5 billion in aid we give Israel every year.

In Today's New York Times, columnist Maureen Dowd quotes one Obama official, saying, "that's not how you treat your best friend," when describing Israel's recent construction announcement of 1,600 more homes in the disputed east Jerusalem.

In her piece called "Bibi's Tense Time Out," Dowd writes the White House is "appalled at Israel's self-absorption and its failure to notice that America is not only protecting Israel from Iran, fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also dealing with a miasma of horrible problems at home."

Here’s my question to you: Is it time for the U.S. to get tougher with Israel?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dana in Oregon writes:
Yes. Israel has insulted us and further inflamed the Palestinians. I don't understand what the Israelis hope to prove by any of this.

Greg in Minneapolis writes:
Jack, Israel needed our help to be able to stand on their own feet when they first were founded back in 1948. But that time is long past, and they should either do as they are told if they are going to continue to receive foreign welfare from the U.S., or forgo those funds and support themselves.

Steve in Clifton, Virginia writes:
It's time for the U.S. to live up to its assumed role as an "Honest Broker" for the Middle East. Trust and equity must be two components of that role and both must be applied and enforced equally to Israel. We support Israel, not the other way around! Israel has to demonstrate that it wants peace for themselves as much as we want it for them.

Mark in Oklahoma City writes:
We should be helping Israel occupy as much Arab land as possible. Last time I checked, we were not fighting Jews in the war on terror....we are fighting Muslims. As far as I'm concerned, Israel can occupy the entire Middle East!

Michael in Tampa, Florida writes:
Jack, Maybe someone, anyone, can tell me why we continue to give Israel $2.5 billion per year? They don't have any oil. They don't let us put a huge military base in their country. What strategic value does supporting Israel have for U.S. interests? If the U.S. wants to get tough with Israel, we need to end ALL aid to them, and insist they allow the formation of a Palestinian homeland.

Lou writes:
It would seem like this country would have some kind of leverage against Israel, with the billions of dollars it gives to her every year.

Carl writes:
Jack, This should have been done many years ago.


Filed under: Israel
soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. ed schleker

    Isreal is rift with its divisions, political and military. We should take
    back our nukes and tell them to start real negotiating with palistine
    It is time to get hard line with them....

    March 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  2. John Swanagon

    Yes! I think Israel is in danger of becoming WWII Germany. It seems they are determined to force the Palestinians out of the region. I wonder if their next move will be to "resettle" any Palestinian deemed to be in the way of their "next" construction zone. I find it outrageous. Do they have a short memory? They are doing to the Palestinians what the Germans were doing to them at the beginning of WWII. Using history as our guide, we should stop Israel before they graduate to putting the Palestinians into "relocation camps" so Israel can take the rest of the land. I believe in Israel's right to exist, but not at the expense of hurting others. That isn't the act of an ally.

    John Swanagon
    Highlands Ranch, Colorado

    March 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  3. Joe R - Houston

    If by "tougher" you mean treating it like an adult with responsibility for it's own well being, then yes we should get tougher. If, on the other hand, you mean tougher in the sense that we increase their dependence on our welfare and our guidance, then no we shouldn't get tougher.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  4. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Yes. Cut back on the aid and not to worry,Israel can take care of Iran by itself.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  5. PaulaBanksfromGA

    They should do what they want. They don't have to ask us for permission.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  6. Willda Ritter, Lakewood, CO

    If cutting off the funds will bring Israel's attention toward helping with World Peace, but it's dubious if it will. Israel and other countries that get big bundles of $$$ from the US have a tendency to thumb their nose at us if we request anything from them.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  7. Greg in PA

    No. Israel does not have to take crap from anybody, they have a right to live there too. There will never be a lasting peace in the middle east and for some reason we have this bug up our butt to put our nose where it doesn't belong. The time is near Jack, do you hear that noise, there behind you, don't look now but it is happening to us right now as we speak. Run, Jack, run!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  8. Riley ODay

    Getting tougher will not matter. Israel shows restraint sometimes but they always do what they want. They also always win. Gods chosen people.

    Riley ODay charleston wv.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  9. Mark, Oklahoma City

    We should be helping Israel occupy as much Arab land as possible. Last time I checked, we were not fighting jews in the war on terror....we are fighting Muslims. As far as I'm concerned Israel can occupy the entire middle east!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  10. Tim

    I understand that Israel has it's own lobbyist group in washington (AIPAC – gee I wish the citizens of our country had a lobbyist group of their own), and that Israel also receives over 2 billion dollars from the USA annually. Perhaps throwing this insulting monkey wrench into the peace process, was just their way of saying "thanks".

    After all this, there are still some people who say "they're our closest ally in the region". Want another tired old saying? ...With friends like these...

    Tim, New York

    March 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  11. Jill

    The situation in Israel is the number one causal driver of terrorism. We should have gotten tough with Israel 50 years ago, or at the very least, least after September 11, instead of going off to an unnecessary war with Iraq. It would have saved billions of dollars and lives had we done the former.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  12. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, No, it is not! It is time to get tough with Hamas & Hezbola and the Palestenians that support them. Peace will not come to that region until/unless these terrorist organizations stop sending rockets and suicide bombers into Israel. Israel and Turkey are vital supporters of the U.S. in the middle east and Obama/Congress has managed to anger both of these allies in less than a month. Just another example of "no clue" foreign relations policies that come out of the W.H. Stop the $2.5B in aid? How about stopping the $900M in aid sent to Hamas/Hezbola/Palestein by Sec. Clinton? That's what we ought to be doing!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  13. Homeless D in Atlanta

    Of all the countries in the world, I think ISRAEL has the least tolerance for anyone 'getting tough' with them.

    So, maybe, since we also maybe are relying on israel as a 'buffer'n the event that the mid-East just goes up in a nuclear war, maybe we should leave them alone and let them worry about their own problems.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  14. al pearis

    Along with Social Security and Medicare, add the 2.5 Billion a year to Isreal to our lists of entitlements, at least that's what Isreali lackeys like the Senator from Isreal, Joe Lieberman thinks it should be. With all this talk about Iran maybe working on ONE nuclear weapon and Isreal threatening to drag us into a war that we CANNOT afford, our pro Isreal mass media always gloss over the fact that Isreal is said to have 600 nuclear weapons. Any guesses as to how they can afford such an expensive arms cache? They get to start the next Mideast war and we get to pay the freight .

    March 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  15. Tom, Atlanta

    I liken it to a 2×4 between our eyes to wake us up. We're asking them to be understanding while they are terrorized on one side, and while Iran officially wants them gone on the other. And, it must appear to them that the way it is going Iran will become another nuclear state like Korea. Israel is in a real pickle. In the big picture, maybe this was a good move on their part. While I'm not at all crazy about Israel's decision, I think it was a wake up call. Netanyahu is a tough guy and not to be bullied. I don't believe that our VP and our Sec of State handled it particularly well and looked weak. This has not been a good week diplomatically for the Obama's team. This together with China's public lecture of the US on world finance, I believe our errors in foreign affairs are visible. And, what do we read as headlines at home? "Obama's new partner: All Sharpton". Oh brother. "Be careful what you wish for, you might get it".

    March 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  16. Maureen...Sacramento Ca

    Israel was given the original land back in 1948-9, since then they have done all they can to grab more land from Palestine. When they first started this the U.N. should have stepped in and stopped this. Now they have the attitude that "we will build wherever and whenever we want" We definetely need to get tough on Israel, before someone else does and WW3 starts. Who said that Jerusalem belongs to Israel alone?, this is a Christian, Jewish and Muslim holy site and should remain as such.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  17. Bev

    I would say it is time for Israel to quit building and go for peace with the Palestinians. If Israel doesn't want to quit building, then stop the aid we are giving Israel.
    I know they are God's Chosen People but they need to know that the world is not only about them.
    They act like children and need to grow up and take care of themselves.
    They need to protect themselves from Iran, we have enough to take care of.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  18. Bernie Gill

    Jack,

    It's far past due time to get tougher with Israel. Most, if not all our issues in the Middle East are due to our unwaivering support of a country that is the single biggest recipient of US foreign aid, but never misses an opportunity to thumb it's nose at us. Also, let's not forget that it was Israel that attacked a US naval vessel in international waters in the Mediterranean sea back in the 80's and killed a number of US sailors, with no penalty.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  19. roger

    Israel needs the settlements, or any other policy to maintain tension with arabs. without the conflicts, there would be more internatioonal pressure on israel to treat the arabs as citizens and not be able to justify laws to oppress them. We should make it clear that if Israel continues on its current policy ther would be NO aid to them, and if attacked, they would be on their own.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  20. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    One hundred years ago The region now occupied by Israel was inhabited by Palestinians. Since the Balfour Declaration Palestinians have been driven out until they have little land remaining and are controled by people that are intent on taking it all. Long before the holocaust, European Jews were laying the groundwork for this take over of Palestine through acts of terrorism and assasination against Palestinian leaders. Confiscationg the land and building their settlements. We should have said NO a long time ago. Now we have to look on in guilt for being complcit to the genocides commited by Israel, and the lies Israel was built on. We have nothing to gain by giving Israel our support.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  21. William of Dowagiac, Michigan

    I think we should get tougher with Israel. We seem to have been letting them get away with too much and kissing their feet ( just a kind way of saying what I feel) They think they can walk all over us.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  22. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    Israel has probably realized that Obama will support the muslims over them. The Settlements in East Jerusalem is a relatively minor issue compared to the muslim terrorists killing innocent Israeli citizens. Obama should negotiate with Israel for a solution. You have to remember Israel is our only ally in the middle east. We lost the last ally Shah of Iran in 1979 thanks to Jimmy Carter a DEMOCRAT. It is well known that Obama is doing nothing to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons. Eventually there will be a confrontation between Israel and the Muslims thanks to the Do nothing president we have in Office. In the words of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Obama is a girly man.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  23. Tim in Texas

    It's more than just those things you have mentioned, Jack. General Petraus testified that Israel's action of building settlements is increasingly endangering our troops and our national security. It's also been reported that the head of CENTCOM said basically the same thing in a report to the Pentagon. Bush's actions of simply giving a big green light to anything that Israel did while simultaneously giving no attention to peace talks was a huge mistake. Obama has been tougher from the beginning, and if it comes to cutting off aid to Israel – then that's what should happen.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  24. Will from San Jose, CA

    It's long past time. Israel is an important ally of the US, but so are England, France and Germany. We have often had public disagreements with our European allies as to be expected in any relationship between nations. Somehow this isn't allowed with Israel. We are supposed to allow them to do whatever they want without question while we send them money we don't have. That just doesn't make sense.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  25. Subhash

    US cannot afford to alinenate its only ally in the middle east even if it wanted to .US interest compel it to look other way when Isreal does anything there .If this was not the case ,situation would have been different.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  26. Dana in Oregon

    Yes.Israel has insulted us and further inflamed the Palestinians. I don't understand what the Israelis hope to prove by any of this.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  27. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, Israel needed our help to be able to stand on their own feet when they first were founded back in 1948. But that time is long past, and they should either do as they are told if they are going to continue to receive foreign welfare from the U.S., or forgo those funds and support themselves on the various industries that they have developed and that make money! If they were such good allies to begin with, they never would have sent Jonathan Pollard over here to spy on us, or blasted the USS Liberty in what they say was a case of "mistaken identity." But they did, and should finally be held accountable for their actions!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  28. Conor in Chicago

    America needs to wake up and see that the Cold War is over so our need for an alliance with Israel has come and gone. We no longer need a client state in the Middle East to counter Soviet client states in the Arab world. Furthermore, preventing the rise of a united Islamic world by keeping Israel afloat is no longer necessary with our occupation of Iraq.

    In short, with the exception of placating Jewish voters in the US, Israel has almost no use to us in any practical geopolitical sense. It is my hope that the American Establishment is waking up to this new reality and that this current “issue” is simply the beginning of a total restructuring of our relationship with Israel. I don’t think this restructuring should involve us abandoning Israel but I do think it will be refreshing to see Israel not essentially dictate US foreign policy in the region.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  29. Kris in Ohio

    It is more than time for the U.S. to get tough with Israel. They are the only country who can blatantly ignore U.N. resolutions without facing widespread condemnations and threats of at the very least sanctions if they continue their current policies. They are maltreating an entire people because of a few bad actors. They complain that they look bad because of the asymmetric nature of the conflict; I say let's give them what they want: an armed and trained opponent.

    Israel either needs to join civilized countries or it needs to be held accountable just as other nations are.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  30. JW Georgia

    Israel is not a friend of America. A friend does not leave a friend vulnerable, especially in a war situation. A friend does not perpetually take money and then decline to give even the smallest quarter in times of difficulty. It's time for Israel to stand on its own and be a nation. If it can't, it can't. Israel will then know the meaning of having a friend.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  31. david doherty

    Jack it's not time too, it's long over do. Every death we've incurred from 911 and the wars that followed can be contributed to our relationship with Israel! Have you ever wondered why our political leaders insist on bending over backwards to stay in good graces with Israel? It's because a huge part of that 2.5 billion you mentioned comes right back here to grease the palms of our politicians to buy political favors! Why do you think the middle east , except Israel hate us. It all comes down to the goose that lay's the golden egg.

    Dave from Peterborough, NH.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  32. Gigi Oregon

    Why are we giving 2.5 billion dollars in aid to Israel? I have never seen this country in poverty. What is this aid going to and why. We have a large sections of poor in the U.S who we should be worrying about . We have millions that go to bed hungry in the U. S., live under bridges in shelter homes etc. And just what has Israel done to receive this money. Our best friends should be the poor of this world not the rich. When we take care of our own "The Good Lord" will let us take care of the world. If you want your neighbor to like you, treat them right. When your neighbor sees you treating your own bad or ignoring them. How far can they trust America. When you rob your children to help a friend what kind of a parent are you. America needs to wake up and take a good look at what's happening in their own country. Take care of America and then let America take care of the World. Not the Rich Americans taking care of the elite of Israel while robbing and ignoring the poor of America.
    If that money is for military efforts...The Lord... tells us "If we are going to live by the sword we shall die by the sword" Heaven help the innocent..

    March 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  33. Rich McKinney, Texas

    No Jack it is not time for America to poke its nose into yet another countries affairs. Israel does not dictate to America how it should govern nor should we theirs. If our government leaders feel that what Israel is doing is inappropriate then let them tell them so. If that takes removing the monetary payments we make in aid and the people of Israel do not suffer from it then I say go ahead and stop the checks. My guess is that America would be hurting the Israeli people and a good ally by doing so. We need all the friends we can get in the middle east right now with out troops in harms way.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  34. LJ

    Jack.. that is a political calculation on Israelist side rather than helping US building everlasting peace in Middle. in addition that ,Israel is sinking us down into a deep debt!!!what you think?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  35. Frances Cappelletti

    Why don't we get out of the mess in the Middle East altogether?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  36. Jim

    Yes Jack, I think that it is. We cannot possibly broker a middle east peace agreement so long as Israel insists on continuing with t heir settlement expansions. I've come to the conclusion that Israel is a big part of the problem in that area and also a primary reason why we are despised in the Arab world for constantly siding with them. If someone were to push us out of our homeland and homes, I'm sure that we'd see things in much the same way that the Palastinians do. If Isreal were truly interested in peace, they'd stop their expansions.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  37. gerry luimes

    Dear Sir: Your question is legitimate. Consider Israels history and its current situation vis avis the rest of the Arab countries surrounding it in the Middle East..Every one knows that ISRAEL is the ONLY stable
    and democratic country in the M.East. It is also the most techn. advanced. Apart from the rights the Palestinians have, they thus far never have proved to have earned those rights. Instead they keep insisting on hateful propaganda and on lobbying mortars on the Jews,
    or attempt to dishonor them in any way possible; A very effective tactic
    that is readily being emulated by many Jew haters.Reality is that for the existing "stability" in the Mid.East Israel thus far is the main protagonist.For that reason the USA will never go further than chiding its best partner.Hundreds of years of animosity between Palestine and Israel simply cannot be resolved in a few months,or for that matter in ":a few" years.
    Gerry at Edmonton,Can.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  38. Janice from DE

    I only have 2 things to say. One, when are we going to admit that Israel does not want peace ? Lastly, it is really none of our business to force them to do anything because they are a sovereign country.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  39. ed in ri

    Jack;
    It's never too late. Ariel Sharon, Israels prime minister in 2001, said – " We control America, and the Americans know it".
    We created this monster in the middle east, and it's our responsibility to fix the problem. Regarding "regime change"; the media hasn't come close to describing the reality of who's actually running Israel. It's high time for us to dictate the rules to Israel, in order to truly negotiate peace in the middle east.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  40. Angie

    Friendship is a two way street. There is always give and take on both sides of every relationship.

    As it stands right now, We got slapped in the face by a friend, and are now being punnished by that same friend.

    As it stands right now, We are Being abused Emotionally and psychologically and are in DENIAL.

    I have always believed that the Israeli is our most trusted Friends. And I still believe in backing Israel. but right now, I feel more like the abused wife.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  41. Scott Stodden

    Jack If Im not mistaken I thought The United States was getting tough on Israel! Secretary Clinton clearly and point blank said what Israel is doing was insulting to the United States when building settlements in Jerusalem, clearly we can't stop Israel from building the settlements its all up to them in the end but I don't feel we should stop being there friends just because of a disagreement between Israel and the Palestinians! With all else that's going on Israel and Palestine can't we all just get along!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  42. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    Absolutely!! When they spit in our faces with their policies when we are breaking our backs trying to keep the world safe for them yes we should go after them.
    Their present policy of settlements isn't being very friendly toward us so what do they expect?
    Being constantly on their side , even though I believe it is a good policy, has hurt and cost us dearly in the past. They are just making a bad situation worse.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  43. Lisa Weiss

    Absolutely not!
    I don't think Americans would want Terrorists living in there Backyard.
    How about getting tougher on Hamas.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  44. nigel

    it doesnt matter if the us gets tougher on isreal or not ,iran will.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  45. Dianne nodwell

    Hey Jack, Read Your Bible. They Had better leave Israel Be......Dianne In maine

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  46. Jim Parsons

    Duh!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  47. Paul

    It is definitely time to get tougher with Israel. We have been pouring billions of dollars into a country that has continued to violate human rights against the Palestinian people and build more and more illegal settlements. It's time the US used that money for better use at home.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  48. Alex Smith

    Yes, and we can start by keeping the $3 billion in military aid for next year and apply it to healthcare financing.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  49. Linda in Arizona

    It's past time. Is it going to happen? Don't hold your breath.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  50. Denis Duffy

    Yes, Jack. If they don't play nice, cut off the allowance. Should this country go farther into debt just to coddle them?

    Denis
    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  51. ANTON Rappold

    Yes. What a nerve. They have taken the USA for granted. May be they will think twice of attacking IRAN then – i.e. if we take a firm stand
    – wanting us to be their wingman..humbug!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  52. Derek

    Of course there are always things we can look at... but to look as if we're going to disown them is absurd. They are one of our biggest allies, while small, but are also the most technologically advanced military in the world. Why shun them?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  53. Gloria Truitt

    YES, YES, YES! It's long overdue. Israel has snubbed its nose at us for far too long.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  54. Ted Zoli

    Abandoning Israel is simply an Obama ploy to side with Muslim countrys. Keep Israel, get rid of Obama.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  55. AllexMarie

    Absoloutely. Time and time again Israel and it's leaders show a great feeling of ungratefulness towards the U.S.; it's time to stick up for ourselves and stop protecting a nation that would not protect us if things were reversed.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  56. Ted Seay

    It is high time for Obama to make a direct, and unmistakable condemnation of Israel's continued attempts to undermine the US's mediation of the Palestinian / Israeli talks.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  57. Sarah (Charleston, SC)

    Of course it's time to get tougher. It's been time to get tougher since Israel starting using anti-personnel bombs against civilians, in direct defiance of the terms under which we sold them those bombs. Is anyone really foolish enough to believe Israel wants anything except total control over all disputed land?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  58. Bob from New Brighton

    You know frienship is supposed to go two ways. How long will we keep kissing Isreals butt while they thumb thier nose at us. It's time to remind them where thier bread is buttered.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  59. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Yes Jack, we should and we should also use some of that money we give them for the Palestinians to build some settlements in west Jerusalem then that would be treating them equal.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  60. alex

    Of course the United States needs to get tougher with Israel. Its time that Israel be held responsible for its actions. They haven't always acted as our friend, we need to remind them that we will be there support, but only if they work with us, rather than expect us to fall in line.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  61. david hietala

    yes, it is long overdue. has israel called obama an anti-semite yet?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  62. Dawn DeLong

    It's way past time to get tough with Israel! They're like a spoiled child who thinks they can get away with anything. Our support of them and giving them the means to hurt Palestinians (Muslims) has hurt the U.S. in lives. Time for Tough Love,.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  63. Cindy of Michigan

    Not with the country but with the current government leaders who refuse to do what is neccessary for peace to be reached. I just read a Time article about how the Palestine people are working to increase economic growth to create jobs for people. The United States has to be an honest broker in the Peace process

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  64. Joey Di Paolo

    I have been saying this for years. We have been blindly backing Israel for way too long. So long, that Israel "expects" us to back them no matter what they do. The problems in the Middle East are not simply Muslim nations doing all the wrong, but both sides...Israel included. Damn right it's time for us to get tough on Israel and start treating them with the same skeptisism as we do other nations in this complicated world.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  65. Mordechai Winter

    Israel stands tall because it stands on America's shoulders. They have to respect us and the sacrifices we have made for them or be prepared to go it alone

    March 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  66. Joe

    The fact we are giving $2.5 billion to Israel when we have our own significant economic and budgetary issues is disturbing. I think we should take care of ourselves during these unprecedented times, cease aid to all countries and funnel that money to pay down debt or fund programs experiencing cuts. Since we're on the subject, let's stop sending shuttles and rovers into space. We could use that money too!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  67. Smith

    No. The land belonged to Israel in the first place. They have every right to decide what to do with their own land. What would you do, or any country other than Israel do, if they were told what they could or could not do with their land. Wake up people.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  68. victor mallia

    yes its about time we put israel in its place. they are leading us into a war with iran to say nothing of israeli successful efforts to tell us what to do in the middle eas. first thing we should stop all the money we are throwing away at them then we should force them to get rid of their nuclear weapons. hten we would have a good case to present iran. no nukes anyplace in the middle east. the israelis will never agree to this on their own because with real peace they will not be able to expand their territory.
    yes get very tough with israel !!!!!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  69. John Nesheim

    Jack,

    Ten million dollars a day is what we taxpayers give Israel and guess what.
    The Israeli's enjoy free medical while we have 30 million or so citizens either doing without or depending on emergency room care. I"m surprised you felt the need to ask the question.

    John N.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  70. Fay

    Absolutely....With all the money we give them,they should be
    somewhat interested in what we and the world have to say.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  71. Michael

    Israel is the best friend of the united states in the whole world. Israel is a very small country and has every right to build housing in Jerusalem. The muslim countries are out to destroy Israel. That's why Irael needs to retain the territories for the reasons of national survival and the United States should support Israel in that.

    Michael

    Florida

    March 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  72. Glenn

    Do you think this may be a ploy between the US and Isreal to distance the US from Isreal so Isreal can bomb Iran's nucular sites while the US condems their actions.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  73. Rose Carr

    Yes, it is past time for the USA to stop "cowtowing " to Israel.We should expect some appreciation of all our support. A good place to start would be a reduction in money.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  74. Docb

    Jack,

    It is definitely time to cut the annual funding to Israel and their 'selected' leader BiBi!. He lost his job the last time for just such arrogance! The continued enslavement and subjugation of the Palestinian people must stop. The problem from my standpoint is this is not in the best interest of the Israeli people. If you look at a map of the changes from 1946 to 2000, it is apparent that there are outrageous injustices in the land grab.

    Then we look at the atrocities of the Gaza attack in Jan 2009 and excessive force was used –admitted by some of the Israeli soldiers!
    While we can say that peace is necessary for the region, I wonder how it is to be achieved with an intractable govr't,that points it's finger at Iran when they appear to be doing some of the very same things to the palestinians!

    Yes -cut off the money –send no one to talk to BiBi except mitchell -not the President or the SoS! At least get them to consider what is being done –Peres has urged biBi to be more helpful–it is reported!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  75. Abdush-Shahid Luqman

    It's obvious that the Netanyaho administration have no interest in peace with the Palestinians. We need to show some backbone when it comes to Israel. We are their strongest ally and they need to remember that and not take our friendship for granted.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  76. John

    Yes, it is about time to get tougher with Isreal. I thought it was $4.0 billion a year that our best friend is getting from us. So, guess who is paying for the illigal housing. For that, our best friend should NOT insult me.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  77. Tim Nash

    Help me understand this friendship, Jack! Why does it seem to me that it is of the one-way kind. We spent tens of billions of dollars in financial and military aid for Israel, not to mention the recent wars, and what did we get in return? A slap on the face and a finger pointing upwards (and no, it's not a thumb)! Israel needs to understand that America stands for justice, peace and human rights and will – I hope- stand up to violators, "friend" or foe.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  78. Mike from Baltimore

    It is time for our country to detach itself from Israel, this country has done nothing but cause problems for US. It disregards the international laws, commits all kind of brutality against its neighbours and what ever crimes they commit and our taxes end up paying for it. with a friends like that we need no enemy.

    Thank you
    Mike

    March 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  79. L Meyer Manassas, VA

    Absolutely. Prime Minister Netanyahu is acting like the crazy girlfriend who somehow manages to pick a fight with the biggest guy in the bar and then expects the boyfriend (the U.S.) to defend her. If this is the hornets nest they want to poke, the Israelis need to know that we can't continue to swat away the bees coming from all directions.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  80. Gerry Erman

    The East Jerusalem housing project is on real estate that has never been challenged. Why the uproar now? The Israelis live under the gun every day and are our only friends in the Middle East. We should continue to stand with Israel and let them determine their own future. With any luck thery will take out the Iranian Nuclear sites while our President and politicians are still picking their noses.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  81. Vick , Orange Park, Fl

    Jack,
    We do need to put down the carrot and get the stick. We are the only friend Israel has and they have fired on our ships in the past, they have sent spies into our country to spy on us. We were the first country to acknowledge their independence, we give them a large aide package each year. Yet their actions has kept the area in a state of flux and put our soldiers in danger. We need to do something!!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  82. B

    Keep our money and then mind our own business like we should be doing because Israel likes having us wrapped around their finger. Let them deal with their own problems..we have enough of our own to solve.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  83. Maxine

    The announcement was ill-timed and not the best move for peace and diplomacy. But, consider this: Arab neighbors attacked Israel –unprovoked - in 1948, 1956, and 1967, not to mention the 1000s of rocket attacks and suicide bombings. What diplomat will say: if you attack Israel and lose, you can't say "no fair" and demand your land back. What other country has ever done that? If you constantly threaten Israelis with bombs and rockets, they will respond. It takes 2 to tango - or in this case, 21 Arab countries and 1 Israel.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  84. Troy

    Jack;
    I'm pro-Israel, but their comes a time when you have to train the dog.
    Israel is fond of reminding the world about the Holocaust, but they' seem to ignore the rights and dignity of others. They are creating new enemies every day with this new arrogance which always accompanies Netanyahu. If you feed a dog, give it water and nuture it as a pup, whebn it grows up you've got to teach it not to crap in your house and not to bite others unless attacked. I agree-we're keeping Israel alive and they think we're on their leash. Time for them to open their eyes and see the world is changing and won't long tolerate an arrogant Israel.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  85. Jim Carroll

    It is long past time that we should cut this albatross from our neck (Isreal). How can 2.4 % of the USA control our foreign policy? They control the News Media and the banking system. Jack, go to the interfreepress.com.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  86. tom

    Jack, Israel has been using us like a door mat for years. This relatonship is totally one sided, with Israel reaping all the benefits, while we have to suffer the consequences of their actions. Thousands of American soldiers have died or been maimed, either fighting proxy wars for Israel ( Iraq , and soon Iran), or cleaning up their mess (Lebonnon '82). We arm them to the teeth with all our latest technoly and weapons, and they use them against unarmed women and children. Let's not forget the last invasion of Gaza, 1600 Palestinians died, while 6 Israeli died. 4 of them they killed them selves (friendly fire). Don't think this is lost on the Arab world. Maybe, just maybe, is the reason they hate us so. We need to stop giving them billions to kill unarmed people ( don't forget bush's 30 billion in military aid, just because we love them so). If we aremed the Palestinians like that, they wouldn't be so cocky, and the US would not have such a terrorist threat.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  87. Ed Varchal

    Jack
    From the campaign through the election there were questions raised about Pres Obama's position toward Isreal vs the Arab world. Which way did he really lean?

    The US has stalled and appologized until we apparently are too late to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions..

    How many times from Arafat on has the peace process been stopped by the Palestinians’? When does the US start getting tough with our enemies, not just our friends? A 'leader' of the world's superpower gets tough with both sides.
    Ed in FL

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  88. Fred Danielsen

    No more United States financial aid or military aid to Israel until there is a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Don’t allow the Israelis access to any United States military parts or weapons stored in Israel until there is a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

    Israel must learn to be a good neighbor, not the neighborhood bully of apartheid. No more American blood or treasure shall be sacrificed for the Zionist land grabbers.

    The tail doesn’t wag the dog

    Fred
    Eagan, MN

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  89. Bill and Betty Sprawls

    Yes, we need to get tough with Israel. We should cut off all the aid we send and stop catering to the wishes of people who have so brutally treated the ones they displaced when they took over Palestine and turned it tnto "their promised land"! Their behavior is probably the main cause of all the turmoil in the Middle East!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  90. Mel

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! – Tougher with a lot more "Tough love! "

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  91. Hope from Richmond, VA

    Yes, it is time to get tougher with Israel. Israel does whatever they want with no consideration of how their actions are affecting the United States. The United States gives Israel $2.5 billion per year, they need the US to survive, we don't. These billions would be used better here in the United States during this time of economic troubles.
    They are not the only Democracy in the Middle East like they claim to be, if they were, they would not have prevented the press from entering Gaza during that war and would not prevent access to religious places to the palestinians.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  92. ken e goodwin

    I have long been a supporter of Israels right to exist! But now it is clear to me that neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians want peace. The money keeps flowing in to both sides as long as there is war. It is time for the United states to withdraw our financial support of Israel and let those two fight it out. And we should take no side in the dispute. It seems to me that a major portion of the Israeli population view all of the fertile crescent as their promised land and will not stop waring until they control and have power over all of " their promised land". While the Palestinians also don't want true peace. But when you finally get them to tell you what they really want. they will admit they want the destruction of Israel. I do not agree with either stance and want us out of the fight.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  93. florence hughes

    It is decades past time for the U.S. to get tough with Israel. There are arguably more peace groups, acivists and people who believe in fair treatment of the Palestinians in Israel than there are in the United States. The Israeli government has paid no attention to the illegality of continuing to build settlements in occupied territory.
    The timing of the current announcement was no fluke: it was a giant wad of spit in the face of the Obama Administration. How about sanctions? For every new, illegal, settlement unit, one million U.S. dollars less in aid. That would be a $1,600,000,000 penalty for the current project.

    Cockeysville, Maryland

    March 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  94. Alexis

    Israel is still building illegal settlements, denying medical supplies and continuing blockades. How long can Israel deny the Palestinian people their human rights? We send them billions of taxpayer dollars each year and we can't get them to be serious about peace talks. Our alliance with Israel creates strong anti-American sentiment around the world .

    March 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  95. Cheney

    Directly or indirectly, 911 occurred because of Israel.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  96. Hal Schwartz

    Jack, It is decades beyond the time to get tough with Israel. They have had an expansionist policy since the establishment of that nation. No matter which party was in power, they, in the wake of their military success in the 67 war and 3 billion dollars per year of US subsidies, adopted an arrogant policy to create "facts on the ground" which denies the Palestinians the possibilitys allowed that to go on for 60 years so that the Israelis no longer see the need to heed any criticism.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  97. Moe

    The fact of matter is that for some peculiar reason no one in the Western hemisphere dares to strongly condemn Israel's repeated acts of aggression and indifference to rhe world community's concerns about her treatment of the Palestinian people. No matter how you swing it in the media, fact of the matter is that Israel's actions does not conform with the ideals that our country advocates around the world. Moe from Michigan

    March 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  98. Ralph Spyer

    Israel construction in Jerusalem is Lebensraum , the palestinians are untermenschen, We all went down this road before. Americans deplore injustice but fail to give up thr benefitsof an unjust system. Israel has the bomb but God forbid Iran to have the same , maybe they are not the chosen ones

    March 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  99. Marcia

    Just the opposite, Jack. Whenever we get a new prez, or when the polls go down, we send somebody to Israel. Although we may say, like the Miss America candidates, that "all we want is world peace", what we really mean is, we'll push Israel to make more concessions to the Palestinians, and then we'll have a cheesy photo op and go home, leaving our ally – Israel – to deal with the fall out. For once, the Israelis pulled the rug out from under us. Good for them!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  100. George - Florida

    Jack, Time to get tougher with Israel is LONG overdue. We stuck our neck (politically here at home and abroad as well as through exercizing OUR veto privilage at the United Nation) in protectin the jewish state and its aggressions for a long time (since it was implanted in that delicate region of the world. What we got in return is a world class embarrasemet (once more) from whom we still regards as "ally". Our "supposed to be ally" have nothing but agression and self interest in everything they do with our $ billions of our tax dollars – It's time for those in Israel to recognize that the status quo is no longer a game anyone can play. Not with nuclear weapons are the bargaining chips in that region.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  101. Marilyn Shuman

    Yes, Netanyahu was wrong and the timing was bad but Israel is and
    always has been a very close and important ally. The situation should be resolved diplomatically and away from the glare of media lights.
    Marilyn Shuman
    Longboat Key, FL

    March 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  102. Eddie

    I think we spend and spent to much energy, resources and effort for Israel already. Its time to reverse the equation and do it to our own country.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  103. Jo-Ann Wright, Georgia

    Sending money to Israel is like sending money to AIG and Wall Street.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  104. Bob

    As an American Jew, who has lived in the Middle East, I find our lock step policy with Isreal counter productive to US intrests. Our monopic view of the Isreal-Palistine situation is a made to order flash point for all anti American feelings eminating from the Middle East. Peace will never be attainable until the US is prepared to take a more realistic and even handed view of what is actually in our best interests, not just Isreal's.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  105. RG

    YES!! Israel and U.S. may not admit it but it is only a matter of time before Iran has a nuclear bomb. The only thing that can protect Israel is an American nuclear shield. If Israelis are the chosen people, they should choose wisely, and listen to earnest advice of their closest (indeed, only) friend.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  106. Leo

    If one punishes arrogance think about the comment that justified the announcement of building 1600 more housing apartments. "we,ve been building there for the last 40 years so there's nothing new here."

    It seems to me that Israel has been building there since the 6 day war of 1967 but that doesn't make it right. I think maybe a "get tough" stance would be to ban the Israeli Anti Defamation League whose income depends on their finding instances of anti semitism and any group funded to do that kind of research is suspect in their claims, which most likely is an attempt to prove they are doing their job. People who disagree with Israeli policy will inevitably call it anti semitic. They seem to use the holocaust to justify anything they do. They are shackled by the past to avoid doing right in the present. If the aid from the US in the billion dollar range is used in part to further the building then stop it.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  107. Susan Krieger

    The problem with the announcement of the intention to build settlements in east Jerusalem was not that it went over the objections of the US, but that the TIMING of the announcement was provocative and "insulting." The Obama administration has wildly over-reacted to a statement about a complicated issue. Why aren't you complaining about the fact that the Palestinians have never come close to stopping incitement against Israel or recognizing the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state? Of course we should continue to support Israel. It's our best, most important, and only reliable ally in that very dangerous part of the world. By the way, I don't see that we're doing much to protect Israel from Iran. What we should be doing is giving whatever aid is possible - money, technology, support - to help Israel protect the world from Iran.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  108. Sue, Gary, ID.

    How many times has GOD let the Jew lose their land, because they refuse to do things his way, and now when our country sends 2 billion per year to support their country, they snub their nose at us they must be crazy, even GOD would not allow the children is Israel to break their promises in the past or he would lift his veil or protection from them, that is how we should deal with that country, if you treat us like dirt you can do it all by yourself, we are not the one surrounded by five different enemy countries, learn some humility or walk alone!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  109. Risa Zucker Press

    You do not get "tough" with your friends, unless you want to become friendless. No mention is ever made of the fact that President Obama was insulted in Cairo, where he was kept waiting. The situation of needed housing in Jerusalem, is the business of the municipality of Jerusalem only. Oct. 1995 the House of Representatives voted 374-37, the senate 93-5 "Each sovereign nation under international law and custom may designate its own capital." Under article 9 Jerusalem must remain undivided while the rights of every ethnic and religious group are respected. 1948-67 Jerusalem was divided and Israelis were denied access to holly sites. Since 67, all religions have been guaranteed access to all holy sites

    March 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  110. Seth, Sacramento

    It is not in our national interest to get "tougher" on Israel. They are our best ally in the region, and we share democratic ideals. Why don't we get tougher on the Palestinians for constantly refusing peace offers from Israel ever since 1948. It is simplistic to think that forcing Israel to limit building on their own land would somehow bring peace.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  111. jim Blevins

    Yes, but very carefully. For a lot of good reasons, the USA is commited to Israel's well being, but Israel is acting against it's own best interest. Long term peace demands that Israel achieve a mutually acceptable peace with the Palestinians - soon. As for regime change - don't forget that the party that won the most seats is not in the government.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  112. Nancy Lawrence

    Israel needs to stop playing footsie with China and Russia. Show some humility, Benjamin, and not hubris. Do not ever forget history,,,if not for Harry S. Truman Israel would not exist. There are many Americans that gave the ultimate sacrifice for your country. Show some Respect. Nancy

    March 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  113. rick stanich

    No the u.s. should not get tougher. The us got thefinger from israel because of the new administrations cow towing to the arab muslim world.. Their is more proof than not , that obama himself is a closet muslim and israeli has every right to be threatened by this unfortunate fact.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  114. Sue

    It is past time for Israel to become self supporting. Our contributions have been going on for 60 years. We can certainly use the money from our yearly payments to them here as our Country has serious financial problems of our own . It seems they always have a hand out for some need or another. NO MORE YEARLY PAYMENTS TO ISRAEL.

    Sue
    Casper, Wyoming

    March 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  115. Sean from Maine

    Last year when Isreal was fire bombing Gaza, I remember seeing all of the horribly injured women and children and inocent palistinians that were just considered "collateral damage". Every single bomb that was dropped on Gaza was made in and paid for by the U.S. If I know this I'm sure most people in the Islamic world Know it too. If you want to help stop terrorist recrutment, how about stopping the insane policy the U.S. has adopted of supporting Isreal no matter what. I don't believe that America exist to serve Isreal at any cost.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  116. Rich

    Jack

    It is about time that we look at Israel fairly and realize that many of their actions are not in
    America.s best interests. Maureen Dowd's column is correct.
    Rich

    March 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  117. Chris of West Virginia

    Jack, Its not a question of getting tough on Israel, we should not be associated with them in the first place. Israel was founded on deception and stealing land belonging to the Palestineans. As a state, Israel should be de-established and replaced by a single and secular country that equally represents Jews and Palestinians alike. In the mean. Secondly, we never got a truthful explaination regarding the USS Liberty incident in the 1960's. As for the 2.5 Billion they get from American taxpayers, lets use that for economic development in Appalachia or on Native American reservations.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  118. Mike from Baltimore

    YES, YES, YES! It's long overdue. Israel has snubbed its nose at us for far too long.
    Israel is the reason that Alqudea us. with friends like Israel we do not need any enemies.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  119. lynne j. in nc

    They've used our tax payers dollars to build walls, settlements and do other distasteful things that does nothing but take what dignity the Palestinian people have left. The US has said nothing but let them continue their slow journey into apartheid which means we're just as guilty.

    Stop payment on the check and leave them to their own devices until they want to leave the sandbox and come to the adult table to actually get something done that will help everyone.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  120. Donald J. Rutherford

    I was wondering how long it would take for the US to back down to Israeli pressure. I for one am sick and tired of hearing how committed and unshakable the American bond is with Israel. I think the time has come for us to ask Israel to show their committment and support for America.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  121. Al F. San Marcos CA.

    I do not understand why people make statements without knowing the facts. Palestine was never an independent arab country. Before it was Israel it was owned by Great Britain. Before that it was part of the Ottoman Empire. Before that, the Mamalukes, then the Romans, then it was called Israel, a Jewish State. In the last 3000 years there are only two Nations who have controlled the area called either Palestine or Israel which still exist. Great Britain and Israel. Great Britain gave up control of the region in the 1940's to create the State of Israel. Who else has ANY legal claim to the land? Why should Israel give back the West Bank and the Gaza strip. That land was taken by Israel when they won unprovoked wars of aggression against them, as was arab Jerusalem.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  122. Ruby ArmstrongBey

    Jack, read the Bible. God gave the Jewish people the land in Jerusalem through Father Abraham, and does not want them to give that land to anyone else! The people of Israel are not telling the U S what to do with their land! The U S should always stay friendly with Israel, but the Bible tells us that eventually every Nation will turn against Israel before the return of Jesus Christ. The Bible states that God will Bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. So may things in the Bible are happening in the world and concerning Israel that what the Bible says can not be discounted! So no, we should not get tougher with Israel, America should continue to Bless Israel, or suffer the consequences. Whether people believe or not, God is in control of the Worlds destiny and will respond to evil !

    March 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  123. Christopher

    China is mad, Israel is mad,Gadaffi has been apologized to I believe the PRESIDENT is doing an exellent job. People seem to forget that the image of America in the Arab world is directly tied to israel. For the past 60 years America has been supporting israel to the detriment of the Arabs. America has suffered ecomonomically by loosing those Arab markets to other players while the israelis have been crushing the Palestenians with a Fascist policy. WAKE UP AMERICA. President Obama will make us compete with the Chinese and put an end to the two faced Isrealis. I love the Presidents Foreign Policy to isreal and the rest of the world is so far. The world has changed. More competitive and we need the direction that has been handed to us.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  124. Judy Doran

    Yes, it is past time that the USA rethink it's policy of providing money to Israel. I was there in January and I was appalled by their treatment of the Arabs. There will never be peace as long as Israel denies basic rights to these people. The 21 foot wall around Bethlehem, the harassment of the people there and elsewhere, including the confiscation of property, refusal to allow full citizen rights to the Palestinians is cause for grave concern. The large amount of construction for the Israelis was in sharp contrast to what is provided and allowed for the Arabs. Christian Arabs are a very small group, but they are caught between the Muslims and the Jews. I was most upset that my taxes are used to support this discrimination. No walls or security can contain people who are poorly treated.
    Nebraska

    March 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  125. Christopher Varley

    Obviously.

    What took you so long to ask the question?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  126. John

    Absolutely Jack! We have been held hostage for long enough by this
    arrogance little country While they take our 2.5 billion
    annually they ignore international law and totally disregard vital American interests in this region. They can do only so because of the enormous strength and power of the pro Zionist lobby. As it has in the past,that body will take swift vengance on any elected representative who dares to question our financial and military support. Any why aid at all ?-this is the fourteenth largest economy in the world
    In this instance the Isreali government is showing US the middle finger. To quote Moshe Dayan
    "Our American friends ? They give us guns ,they give us money and they give us advise. We take the guns,we take the money and we ignore the advise

    March 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  127. Melissa, Riverside, CA

    Absolutely not, although we certainly need to strive for peace, this issue is bigger in scope. America's prosperity is partially based on our support for Israel and for the Lord's people. The whole issue of Mid-East peace is summed up in the religous tensions that exist and will continue to exist until the end times and our Lord Jesus returns.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  128. Julie

    We are not fighting the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan over Israel. Wake up people! Stop feeding on the pablum the media is selling you. The Iraq war was a continuation over the previous Iraq war which was all about Iraq invading Saudia Arabia. It was all about oil! The one in Afghanistan had nothing to do with Israel either.
    I think we should stand by Israel simply based on history. Every nation that ever stood against Israel fell.
    I do agree that we need to stop giving finnancial aid to every nation on earth but our own.
    And why is Biden in Israel anyway? Isn't that Hillary's job? The Obama administration is like watching "Ship of Fools" on Boradway.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  129. mohanad e

    For many years, the indecent and inhumane treatment of palestinians by israel has accrued without being noticed. millions of displaced palestinians seek refuge outside of what they once called home. they are evicted from their homes and are made refugees and have became people without countries and borders. Israel has become an undisciplined tryrant without limitations or boundries. Give the palestinians a fair state with fair borders and security and watch as the the liberty and freedom that America stands for becomes most welcomed in the Arab world because of their fairness in providing a voice of justice for the palestinians.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  130. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    It is sad that after all these years that the United States stood on the side of Israel God only knows why, Judah was still alive and well. And this time for less than 30 pieces of silver he sold his best friend, probably the only one in the whole world over some stupid housing project that might engulf that whole area in a wider conflict that even Israel might have bargain for.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  131. sigrid

    Just how good of a friend is present Israel to the US?

    How many Israeli troops are fighting side by side with US soldiers in the fight with Al Qaida in the Middle East? Two and a half billion dollars worth?

    I sincerely believe that the present hard line regime of Israel does not want peace but the Palestinian's land instead.

    Palestinian people are human too, with human rights, not just to be used for target practice; forced to live in concentration camp Palestine for the past 50 years.

    Sigrid

    March 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  132. Boubacar in Michigan

    I think it's not maybe time for a break-up but it is time to set the record straight. This administration should be courageous to defend what America stands for. We should not sponsor and support colonisation and oppression in the 21st century. Netanyahou overthinks the power of the republican lobby in Israel and the Israeli lobby in the US. They should not make us vulnerable and let our foreign policy be dictated by the actions of the so-called closest ally. Courage

    March 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  133. UYTREWQ

    I'd call this a land grab plain and simple. Kind of like homeless folks invading areas/homes and taking over. There are laws against this kind of thing here, but Isreal obviously condones this kind of illegal behavior. The Palestinians should just arrest them and throw them in jail. If Palestime plays it as a legal issue with no killing/retribution and just arrests them they'll get international support

    March 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  134. Mark B.

    To all these "peace brokers": Why not give up half your house to another family? The land in question BELONGS to Israel and as a sovereign nation they have a right to develope it however they see fit.
    Do we do what the U.N. tells us? No. Why should Israel? Peace will not happen there as long as someone has to give up something they own for people they have fundamental differences with. Jersuselem will never stand divided nor will Israel.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  135. Jo An

    Of course we should 'get tough with Israel'.

    Most Jews in the USA don't agree with Israel. Israel's military madness is their worst enemy. Israel is very vocal about what the German's did to them, when in fact they are doing many of the same things to the Palestinians. J Street is a newly formed group of American Jews which is going up against APIAC the right winged Jews who scream anti Semitic every time Israel is confronted on anything. AIPAC owns our government. If anyone goes against them they are targeted and not re elected. Watch them.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  136. chas

    cut them off now. get out of afgan. and keep our money home..start fighting with air power if needed..the stuff we have to play with will bring any enemy to their knees in 30 days..by the way what ae=re we doing in germany,japan etc..bring our people home now.;.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  137. Sam

    Yes, long over due!

    It is not only the US right, but responsibility.
    Massive US aid has helped transform Israel into a mini regional military super power in, which make it believe it doesn’t have to regard the international community nor the US positions with anything it does.

    Moreover, as time go by, Israel is shifting more and more to the right and messianic Jewish zealots are now infiltrated into most powerful governmental positions as well as the military.

    Given the arsenal of nukes Israel posses in combination with the possibility of mutiny in the Israeli army by the hard liners it is becoming a threat to world peace not to mention the Middle East.

    It is not going to be easy, given the strong Jewish and Israeli influence over congress, but it is time for the US to defuse this ticking time bomb.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  138. Saad from NJ

    The question itself is invalid Jack. Question implies that America has that choice and the implies that Israel is an ally of America. Whereas the fact is that America does not have that choice and that America is an ally of Israel and not the other way around. Hummmh, some might say! To them, look at the power that Israel has over American media as well as on America's politicians!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  139. Devan McDaniels

    Its about time we stop accepting everything Israel does, we need to stop throwing blind support at them, they continually go against their word, commit crimes against humanity and completely blow us off, until they need us, its time we stop being their lap dogs and finally tell them "No, Thats enough" and punish them like we would if it was anyone else.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  140. Ed Varchal

    If the US is concerned about drug wars spilling over the Mexican border because a small percentage of the US population would be at risk of harm, why should Isreal accept being surounded by those who hate Isreal and want it to be destroyed and who may soon have nuclear weapons?
    Ed

    March 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  141. Mike Jefffries

    Yes Jack,
    Isreal is one of the few countries that we are older than. So even though my younger brother drinks to many beers on holidays and needs me to take his car keys away. Israel needs to feel the reality of the world and realize they are instrumental in world affairs and need to act with prudence and true negotiation for the mutual benifit for all parties involved.
    .
    isreal needs to take a lesson in "Making friends and influencing People".
    So everybody place nice or it's Timeout
    Not all Israelis think like BB.

    If Israel want's to live in Peace they need to negotiate in earnst.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  142. Keith (San Francisco)

    Pressure won't come from the U.S. government but rather from the private sector. Our government has enough internal strife to worry about. If companies like Google stand up to bullying Israel as they have recently done with opressing China, the message will be heard. Deny Israel their i-pads and they will think twice about their actions.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  143. Mark Sharafi

    I think it's about time for America to say enough is enough. I honestly don't understand why we give Israel billions of dollars every year while we get nothing in return. I think this foreign policy that favors Israel 100% of the time is hurting America's interests and stands around the world. It makes me wonder who really needs the other America or Israel?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  144. Freeworld

    I am a supporter of Israel. With that said, I think they'd be better off without the US funding. They then wouldn't have to follow the dictates of the Obama Admin and they could do what they need to do. I have traveled the Middle East many times and I truly do not believe that the radical Arab sates want peace. They won't behappy until Israel is gone. In that light, I would like to see Israel, as a sovereign nation, do whatever they feel they must to insure their survival, without an ill-infomed US adminstration looking over their shoulder every minute. By weaning themselves off of US funding, the Israelis can stop cowering down to the Obama folks and start taking matters into their own hands. It's about time....

    March 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  145. Suzanne Glad

    Yes, I think it is time to get tough on Israel. They are a good friend and ally, but we don't even criticize them when they are wrong! I think we need to put some muscle in our foreign policy. We can either get some cooperation towards peace, or we can reduce the aid we give them every year.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  146. vince

    It's about time that the tail is stopped from wagging the dog. Netanyahu doesn't want peace with the Palestinians nor does he want a separate Palestinian State. We need to live up to our ideals – just like we did in South Africa. The occupation of the Palestinians has gone on longer than we occupied Germany or Japan after World War II. Enough!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  147. Salton Jutressy

    When the American Jewish public begins to withhold their charity money to Israel and it's various causes, the U.S. will see real change and real respect for the one true friend of Israel. They have enough houses, apartments, land that belongs to Israel. Enough is enough.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  148. Mari, Utah

    Sorry folks, but the land did not belong to Israel. We, Christians, may believe in the Bible, but the British, the UN and the U.S. gave Israel the land they call "Israel." The rest of the land has been taken by Israel.

    Conservatives want Israel to make war, so that the prophecies of Revelations can come true and the world can end. However, the end of the world is not up to Israel, nor up to the Conservatives....... its up to God.

    What's happening with Israel's bullying is that more and more Americans are asking for Foreign Aid to Israel to end.

    Israel, you have become a bully. You will reap what you sow.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  149. Bob from Reston

    Here is what I don't get...

    I've been reading comments on these Israeli topics and the VAST MAJORITY have been critical of Israel.

    So why the hell are the politicians in this country not in touch with what the people feel about this situation? Is AIPAC that strong?

    Its disgusting how our politicians conduct themselves.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  150. Ade

    Jack, I think US should been tough with Israel,because we had been backing them up all years that is why they belived they can do anything they like in middle east. they need to listen to the rest world.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  151. Douglas Webb

    JACK,

    It is time for the United States ro fire a shot across Israel's bow as a wakeup call. We will never permit what happened between 1925 and 1945 to be repeated. But, we must now consider not letting the Palestinians become a permanent sub-class of humanity in order to secure Israel

    March 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  152. Jorie

    It is well past time for the U.S. to take a tougher stance with Israel. They have been getting a pass for far too long. Their treatment of the Palestinian population is reprehensible. It's hard to imagine another country getting away with what the Israeli government have gotten away with for decadeswith no repercussions from the international community. When they are criticized their supporters accuse their detractors of anti-semitism. Its time they learned they can't have it all their way.

    Jorie, Ontario

    March 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  153. Bill Zelman

    Tougher? This was a stupid act by a bit actor in Israeli politics and was quickly addressed by the Prime Minister. That's a democracy for you...is it easier to deal with the various "theocracies" and "cleptocracies" in the world?

    Yeah, I'd much rather be dealing with a relaxed, stable middle east – and I'm sure all it would take is for israel – that war mongering peace hating nation to disappear. I can't believe people have the nerve to say that kind of nonsense with a straight face. C'mon, appeasement is a fools – or perhaps a weaklings game. I hope we're neither.

    Israel is a strong democratic ally in the toughest neighborhood in the world. If there's another – or any country – we can depend on more within a 1000 miles, please let me know.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  154. Mari, Utah

    PS.

    IF Israel can do what they want, and not ask us for permission....... then I want the over $2 BILLION we give them a year ........back!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  155. Mark

    Get tough with the Palestinians, give Israel more arms!

    Have you whiny liberals forgotten who we are actually fighting?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  156. Sunday Weiss

    It is time for the middle east to make peace with less moderation from the United States. Once any peace process gets so nasty that women are hanging from lamp post's dis-emboweled, and babies are tossed with infant skulls bashed in, from incubators in the hospital then I am all for the United States being a referee, but, the middle east and Israel need to make peace within their own national conflicts and then peace with eachother and the Untied States sure has lots of home grown problems and terrorists to deal with here in the United States. It will be nice when the Middle Eat negotiates itys own peace so the real business of international business can move forward.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  157. Thomas

    Jack why no one is asking the hard questions? Is Israel benefitting from the war? are the sabotaging the peace process? as our friend, what have they done for us lately? Canada is our friend we respect eachother

    March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  158. ken

    Why not?

    Doesn't the old testiment / bible say "do unto others as you will have them do unto you"?

    If the rest of world can learn to live together, South Africa as an example, why can't Isreal?

    It appears that Isreal is treating the non-jewish person simularly to the way europe treated the jewish population before WII. What is next??

    March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  159. E. Daniel Ayres

    I've been saying we should cut or eliminate aid to Israel for 40 years! The conservative Jews are in some ways as bad as the Nazis, creating a Ghetto full of displaced Palistinans and routinely locking it down. Frankly, by giving them aid in this, we are committing a crime against humanity and should be called to account for it. Aid to Israel has been approved again and again because of active pro-Israel lobbying and political contributions in this country. It is time the majority of U.S. Citizens stood up and told the congress to stop funding the military used to oppress Palestine. It is the ONLY way to force a settlement of the situation which has been such a problem since the 1967 war.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  160. Parvez

    Israelis knew exactly what they were doing and were high-fiving each other after the announcement, If the interior minister does not know that much of diplomacy of not biting the hand that feeds him, then perhaps he does not deserve to be a minister and should be kicked out. The billions of dollars that we give them, a lot of it comes back through the Israeli lobby to buy the prostitutes in our congress, That's what makes them so cockey to oppose Obama and his Vice president. Its high time to smack them down to their station.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  161. Melinda, MD

    As the saying goes, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies, just permanent interests.
    What is the point of an alliance? An alliance is made when it is mutually beneficial for both parties to work together. When it no longer becomes mutually beneficial it should be terminated. Isreal threatens our strategic interest in the region and if it wishes to continue doing so then it can look for a new benefactor.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  162. Rita

    There will only be progress when Obama, et al exert the same pressure on the Arab countries that they do with Israel. Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons. Palestinian leaders refuse to negotiate unless Israel agrees to retreat to the sea.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  163. mightyisis

    YES. For far too long, our country has catered to Israel against our own best interests. Not to mention the fact that plenty of tension in the Middle East is a result of our allowing Israel to almost be like a loose cannon in the region.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  164. M. Gold

    Maureen Dowd has not made any positive suggestions about the Israel-Palestininan problem. The announcement of the 1600 houses was stupid timing an insulting. But Israel has informed every US administration that it will build in the Annexed East Jerusalem area. This is not the impediment to peace and the two-state solution we want. What has always prevented peace has been the Palestinian (Arafat, now Hamas) rejectionists, and those Palestinians (like the West bank leadership) who want peace but do not have the power to make it happen. When the Palestinians remove the hatred of Israel from their children's textbooks, that will begin the reeducation of their children toward a generation that will want peace more than the destruction of Irsael.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  165. john

    Have the Israelis no pride? The time has come for them to be weaned.
    Our money and support have made us disliked around the world. It is time to let them sink or swim.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  166. EugeneWiese

    Yes. Israel assumes too much.They are our ally but they are too damned demanding.Pres.Carter is right,about their Apartheid situation. God may have chose them,but with restrictions to follow his commandments,which some do and a lot don't. They could be a loose cannon and drop the bomb,heaven forbid. Gene

    March 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  167. Albert Municino

    Yes it is time for the US to get tough on Israel. To the average American citizen, Israel's actions through the years portray a country living in a vacuum, doing what it wants, when it wants, without concern for the international community. If it were any other country the UN Peacekeepers would have been in there already. As it stands, Israel continually obstructs any useful progress towards peace with US consent and a blind eye, economic and other wise. They need to get real and get with the program. People are tired of hearing about the troubles there after more than thirty years on the same issue and continually paying only to see peace fail. We would be better able to assist Israel as a bonafide ally if they would shoot straight and do something useful.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  168. Anita Mehryari

    It's way past time. But looking at how we have supported Isreal no matter what, I doubt it will come to pass.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  169. Lia in Bradenton

    The blinders we've kept on the old pro-Israeli nag have long kept us pursuing a futile course. New fillies at the starting gate are eager to put us out to pasture because they're tired of the fix that has been in for decades. Time to give our new rider a decent steed that feeds on peace.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  170. Jason

    It's about time someone did, enough with the double standard policy that created so much hatred for Americans in the Middle East. Treat Israel like you treat everyone else and they will behave. Spoil them and they will make idiotic announcements, even while our VP is visiting.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  171. shabib Fakhouri

    Israel takes the US support for granted. It has been the case for the past 60 years.It took an insult to the leaders of the US for Isreal to realize that the US policy in the Middle East could be even-handed. But alas, those in Congress are more supportive of Israel than to their own country. Wake up America, See the light.

    Shabib Fakhouri
    Troy, MI

    March 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  172. Andrea

    Israel should be placed in an Island somewhere by itself, they would never get along with anyone else.
    Jews only help other Jews.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  173. Bruce Sample

    We pretend to be evenhanded in the Middle East and then give Israel almost three billion dollars a year so as to build more houses on Arab land. Then to make them more comfortable still we give the autocratic states of Jordan and Egypt billions as well. The shameful result is that Israel runs the foreign policy of the United States.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  174. Dania Helou

    It is time for the US to get tougher with Israel, as the only factor that could possible sway Israel's decision, I believe it is the US's duty to make sure Israel abides by international law. The US, being part of the UN Security Council has given Israel too much freedom and has set no boundries. Israel continues to build settlements in East Jerusalem and continue to avoid conforming to any possible peace processes. This alliance should be reconsidered because Israel is the only nation in the world who can get away with the things they have been doing such as using White Phosperous during the incursion of 2008 incursion. I believe that there needs to be something that regulates Israel's illegal illegitamte actions. Just as there are entities that regulate and criticize Hamas and Palestines.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  175. Tony

    It is time for Israel to give some. The U.S. is trying to achieve peace in the Middle East and Israel doesn't seem to want it. Perhaps because it is more interested in the the $2.5B it gets from the American taxpayers, plus the tons of money American citizens donate for its so called survival. The two state sollution is long overdue.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  176. patricia

    No we should leave Israel alone or stand with them. If you look in the old testment Israel's bountires are alot larger. Remember the Lord said He would bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Isreal. I think it would be better for our nation to be bless by God and not curse.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  177. Brian Shimshon

    Of course it is. For far too long the pro-Isreal lobby has tilted US Mid-East policy into looking the other way when they build new settlements on Arab land. This practice, along with Israel's heavy-handed policies toward Palestinians, are a big part of why the Arab world hates the U.S. As a result of the seven years of war, Israel's teflon, non-stick human rights malpractices have drawn the appropriate reaction from the administration. Who said they are our best friend anyhow? I consider them more of a disfuctional family member.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  178. Lydia in Minneapolis,MN

    We should put a stop payment on the $2.5 BILLION annual check until Israel stops building ILLEGAL ettlements on PALESTINIAN. We also need to make clear that we will NOT continue to back Israel's attacks on its neighbors (Lebanon 2006, Gaza last year). Following international law to respect Palestinians' human rights and land, would bring Israel the peace they SAY they want. So far,m mostly they seem to want ALL the land the United Nations mandated for TWO states.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  179. flash77

    Yes I am glad someone had the guts to finally say what I am sure a lot of Americans are asking.Why should the U.S. keep giving Israel more aid than any other country in the world, especially when they have the gall to turn around and spit in our face in front of the whole world.I realize the Israeli lobby is very strong in this country but it is going to cause a huge blow back some day.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  180. Richard

    It is far past time to get tough with Israel. There are other priorities for the U.S. that are far more important,starting with jobs, healthcare, energy, finishing our war with Iraq and Afganistan to name a few items.

    Israel has stuck its fingers in every neighbor's eye for more than 60 years and it has misused it support from the U. S. again and again.

    It is time that its government quit interferring in U.S. politics pitting one group against another. It is time for Israeli leaders to grow up and become a constructive ally of the U.S. and other nations that are trying to keep a lid on the mid-East.

    People who think that Israel should act alone and take on Iran and other neighboring states simply don't understand the history and politics of this region. The U.S. doesn't need Israel's help starting mid-East wars. We need a partner that is willing to work with others.

    Maple Valley, Wa

    March 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  181. Manuel Rodriguez

    2.5 billions? what about 6billions. israel do not want to make peace if they do it they will not be able to expand do you think that the native american will ever get they land back? well the arabs have the same chance maybe smaller.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  182. Seth

    Jordan annexed Jerusalem in 1950, nobody said a word.
    Israel annexes Jerusalem in 1980 and everybody, including the US protested.

    Israel declared Jerusalem to be its capitol, and the UN, including the US said that Jerusalem is under UN control according to the UNSC Resolution 194.
    The Palestinians say that they want East Jerusalem for their capitol, and the UN, including the US all cheer.

    Always remember, that US foreign policy is designed to benefit the US. Israeli foreign policy is designed to benefit Israel. This is the way that it should be.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  183. Ken in NC

    Jack, how can we get tough with any country when we are so busy fighting among ourselves. We are no longer an example for the rest of the world to look up to or even respect. We need to worry about other countries getting tough with us economically.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  184. RD

    China should get tough with us for the 8 billion we owe them. And I see the US memories are short since Israel bombed Iraq in 80s when they were making a bomb and Syria 1.5 years ago when they had an Uranium enrichment site.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  185. B.A.

    What Isreal does to the Palestinians is seen and felt daily in the streets of Iraq, Afganistan and else where. Just ask our men and women in the military, they will tell you what to do with Isreal.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  186. Matt

    Israel has taken a path of action against the Palestinians that is not to unlike what Rome did to the Jews, or prewar Germany. What they are doing is what the United States has defended them against in the past and currently. I’m sure life under Iran would look much like Palestine looks now.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  187. Ephraim Feuer

    America went to war with Iraq for its own strategic reasons not to protect Israel. As for Iran nothing has happened to slow down their nuclear project with all the big talk about sanctions nothing has happened. What exactly has the Arab world done for America besides gouge us on the price of oil? The Arabs have attacked Israel four times use words straight out of the Nazi lexicon they should be the ones to make substantial gestures for peace.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  188. Norman Buffalo,NY

    There is no chance for peace in the Middle East. In the Koran it says that once the flag of Islam has flown over a country, it will always. If it is taken back from Islam like Israel, Muslims have a mandate from Allah to never rest until it is returned to Islam. They would have to renouce the Koran's teachings. That will never happen. They might make a tempory Treaty if they thought it would put them in a position to later finish Israel off. When Jerusalem first fell to Islam, 1000 Jews were told to convert or die. All 1000 chose to die. I see no room for compromise.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  189. Krystal

    This quote, if accurate, says it all:

    “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”

    – Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  190. Dave Takaki

    Bibi Netanyahu is used to the tail wagging the dog.

    Oy vey.

    And when right wingers like Avigdor Lieberman say that our president crossed over the line, he forgets that he is not a constituent, he is an Israeli citizen, NOT American.

    Even after decades of being treated like the tail, I have still a soft spot in my heart for Israel. But the soft spot is not in my head. My intellect says "Enough is enough".

    If Bibi pushes too hard, the memories of 8 June 1967 might percolate to the surface, and that is something no one needs. Us old farts remember, but two generations of Americans have never heard of the killing of 34 American sailors and the wounding of 174 others.

    After 63 years of being Israel's steadfast ally, perhaps its time for Israel to consider becoming our ally.

    Bow wow. Don't kick the dog. He might bite back.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  191. George Butler

    Absolutely. Israel continues to be the tail that wags the dog, as it relates to our Middle East foreign policy. We give more aid and support to Israel than all of the nations in that area put together. How can this be justified. At what point does Israel, and the United States recognize that the end game is NOT more of the same. Without a more even handed approach in this area, is there any wonder why there so much distrust by even our Arabic supporters in the region.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  192. George

    Yes, without a doubt....The Israelis are playing us for suckers.

    They want to grab as much land as possible for themselves.

    "THE BIBLE IS OUR DEED".

    Be prepared for their typical maneuver:

    Whenever the world gets too close, they bring up the Holocaust" and
    we fall all over ourselves, as if we, the World, were responsible for that tragedy.

    Just watch...........They play us like a fiddle.......

    I was not aware of any Treaty, voted upon by the U.S. Senate, which
    requires us to Defend Israel if attacked.

    It is not our 51st state...!!

    And No this is not a religious issue, but a Human Rights/political issue.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  193. Ivona

    Yes, it is about time the U.S. got tough with Israel! We've been walking on eggshells with them for far too long. They need to stop building their illegal settlements on Palestinian land, or stop receiving billions of dollars in aid from us. As long as we continue giving money, we are complicit in this injustice!

    Hayward, CA

    March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  194. goyisherkop

    This reminds me of professional wrestling. Israel and the U. S. will shake their fist at each other – and then act like long lost friends. I think Cafferty knows this. The word "charade" come to mind.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  195. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    Give us our money back, if you can toll the line or show the slightest level of respect for the U.S., then all giveaways need to stop, we are not the country surround by five enemies! Protect yourself by yourself!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  196. E! from Placer County, CA

    lets see, we give billions in aid to israel, they defend themselves and invade the west bank, then we give billions in reconstruction to Palestine Authority to clean up the mess. that speaks for itself. Jerusalem should be an international zone, neither jewish or palestine controlled, so that all the world may visit the holy land in peace

    March 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  197. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    No more aid stand on your own!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  198. Tony from Ocala Fl.

    Without a doubt, what took so long, I know, a very weak Washington.

    March 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  199. Bella from Monterey,CA

    I hardly can believe all those people who blame Israel for not having peace in Middle East fro last 60 years. Do you, people, ever read a history of conflict, current news, do you know anything at all about Israel? To write about this country with such hatered you have to be anti-semits indeed, if not- very ignorant and stupid. If it botehrs you so much that Israel receives hepl from USA why it does not bother you that exactly the same help is giving to Egipt- country that hates us and citizents of which were dancing on the street on September 11, alone with others Muslim countries. You have everything upside down. At this point I wish israel would not get any help from USA (they will survive) but at least USA will stop twisting their hands. It's time to get tough with Hamas, Hesbollah and their terrorist friends, not with only one true firend in the whiole world. Do you people have shame?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  200. KCbellwether

    Israel is a bully armed with the best weapons in the world. Sorry, but there is NO GOD or chosen people. Israeli's are the reason that the Middle East is in turmoil. They have no right to occupy any more land or to show their strength against their neighbors. Their attack on Lebanon was barbaric and they have no respect for human life. I say we stop supporting and arming them and let Iran take care of the rest. When all your neighbors hate you there's usually a reason!

    March 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  201. Dorothy Lyon

    For an American Secretary of State to say we "enjoy a close, unshakable bond" with an apartheid nation like Israel begs the question: WHY?

    March 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm |