Unable to sway American sentiment against Israel by myths of illegitimacy or brutal occupancy of “Palestinian Territories,” the I-Hate-Israel-But-Love-Jews crowd has a new talking point. Not that it’s exactly new, but since the attempt to breach Israeli defenses by the terrorist flotilla, this particular drum-beat is heard with greater frequency. Israel, it appears is becoming a true “strategic liability” for America.
This particular accusation is dangerous because it appeals both to the Marxist Left and the Paleoconservative Right. An article by John Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby, promoting this concept of Israel as America’s Albatross, is featured on Pat Buchanan’s American Conservative website.
Mearsheimer has this to say about Israel:
Israel is on a disastrous course that it seems incapable of reversing. The attack also highlights the extent to which Israel has become a strategic liability for the United States. Israel is addicted to using military force yet unable to do so effectively. None of the activists had their own guns. The bloody operation was condemned around the world—except in the United States, of course.
Israel’s intoxication with military force, helps explain why the Israeli press routinely carries articles predicting where Israel’s next war will be. But surely the most troubling development for Israel is the growing chorus of voices in the United States who say that Israel’s behavior is threatening American interests around the world, to include endangering its soldiers.
If that sentiment grows, it could seriously harm Israel’s relationship with the United States. There is not going to be a two-state solution…instead, Gaza and the West Bank will become part of a Greater Israel, which will be an apartheid state bearing a marked resemblance to white-ruled South Africa.