Should America continue to have strong ties to Israel?

Jump to Last Post 1-3 of 3 discussions (6 posts)
  1. RJ Schwartz profile image92
    RJ Schwartzposted 17 months ago

    Should America continue to have strong ties to Israel?

    President Trump is currently visiting Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu and the American media will certainly offer their opinions on his trip; both positive and negative reports are certain to be written.  Many people feel Israel is America's closest ally while others feel our relationship jeopardizes peace in the Middle East.  What's your opinion and why?  Please remember that regardless of how you personally feel about the heritage of anyone, this is a public question and answers should be professional.

    https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/13540193_f260.jpg

  2. ValKaras profile image85
    ValKarasposted 17 months ago

    I think it's a basic truism of human coexistence that---as soon as you start taking sides you certainly create friends, but also enemies. It may sound like a paradox to some, but I think that America would have friends everywhere the moment she stopped "making" friends, but instead started focusing on the problems at home, investing money on her people instead on wars and on playing a cop to this world.

    So, I don't see anything wrong about America being friends with Israel---but then, not in this political scenario in which only Israel is benefitting from it. A self-oriented America would not need "allies at strategically important locations" if there was no need for something like "strategies".

    Beyond self-orientation every thought of a "threat" would be purely paranoid. You don't need strategies when you leave everyone alone. People don't hate you for being different than they are---they hate you for something you are doing to them.

    Therefore, in my mind America being friends with Israel should be of the same character as her friendship with the tiny country of Luxemburg, or any other for that matter.

    1. bradmasterOCcal profile image29
      bradmasterOCcalposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      The difference is that Luxemburg is not in the ME, and there is no military ties, and there are many people in the US that come from Israel and they have been here a long time.

      I don't see any reason why we shouldn't have strong ties with Israel.

  3. MizBejabbers profile image92
    MizBejabbersposted 17 months ago

    Yes, but for the right reason. Too many people look at Israel from a religious standpoint and feel like it is their Christian duty to be friends with the people whom they believed birthed their faith. I don't see it that way. What I find reasonable, and I've been told this by a former member of the CIA, is that Israel's Masoud serves as our eyes and ears in the Middle East. That's good enough for me to support our alliance with Israel.
    I don't think we can go on what should be, or what an ideal situation should be, but on what is. None of the Middle Eastern countries are blameless, and neither is the U.S., but as long as ISIS wages a war against "Western infidels", we need a true friend over there. Israel could be said to be the next-closest thing to a friend. If not, then we don't have one.

    1. ValKaras profile image85
      ValKarasposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      Mizbejabbers---Yes, it must be great to have "eyes" to tell us what's going on there. Like, about certain "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq. Million deaths later, we are also an "enemy", don't you think so?

    2. MizBejabbers profile image92
      MizBejabbersposted 17 months agoin reply to this

      In the case you've mentioned, yes, I think that our involvement in the Middle East that started during GWB's presidency was unnecessary. I was speaking of in general. We have spooks around the world, as do other countries.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)