Today, almost all of the remaining presidential candidates spoke before the AIPAC convention in Washington DC. AIPAC, which stands for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has been instrumental in urging the United States government to maintain strong ties to Israel including providing financial and military assistance. The mission of AIPAC is the following:
The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel.
Cooperation between the two countries is advantageous for both nations. As America’s bipartisan pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC urges all members of Congress to support Israel through foreign aid, government partnerships, joint anti-terrorism efforts and the promotion of a negotiated two-state solution – a Jewish state of Israel and a demilitarized Palestinian state.
Why, shall we ask, should we give billions of dollars to a country that does not involve the defense of this country? It is halfway around the world and far from our shores. Why also should we support a Jewish state where most other nations are derided as racist for not allowing immigration of people whose culture and religion are different from others. I can think of the nation of South Africa which excluded blacks from political participation until recent times. That many progressives, including Hillary Clinton, support these policies is the height of hypocrisy. At the AIPAC conference today, Hillary Clinton stated the following:
Candidates for president who think the United States can outsource Middle East security to dictators, or that America no longer has vital national interests at stake in this region are dangerously wrong.
It would be a serious mistake for the United States to abandon our responsibilities, or cede the mantle of leadership for global peace and security to anyone else.
What is this “mantle of leadership for global peace” she is talking about? We are exhausted from fighting in the Middle East for the last 25 years and spent between $4 to $6 trillion in fighting losing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not only have we lost, we have also stirred up a hornet’s nest of terrorism that was unheard of just 30 years ago. AIPAC might think that we in America have bottomless pockets to support their selfish interests. However, the game is up and it is time to tell Israel that they are on their own.