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Who supports Israel, and why

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in response to reader comment: World right now is with Israel

Submitted by MIchael S (United States), Jul 27, 2014 at 03:26

"...the Arabs lie, they know they use children as human shields and the real goal is annihilating the Jews. Those who demonstrate and make propaganda TV are already against Israel's right to exist. They organize to make their numbers look greater, but they are the same fascist crowds. Canada, the US, Britain and France, their leadership have all said Israel has a right o defend itself..."

A lot of arguments are presented here, which don't necessarily relate to one another:

1. The Arabs lie. So does John Kerry, along with most politicians; and none of this affects my support for Israel. When the lying Arabs start supporting Israel, I will be on their side.

2. Use of children as human shields, and other "war crimes". During WWII, the Allies fire-bombed Dresden, Hamburg and Tokyo, with the express intention of killing civilians. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, likewise, were targets for the A-bomb because they had been relatively unscathed by the firebombings and would therefore serve as better "lab rats" to see how destructive the two bombs were. None of this phases me: We did these horrible things, in order to win the war; and we fought the war in order to get rid of Hitler -- a worthy cause. If hundreds and thousands of Arabs have to die, in order to preserve the State of Israel, then let them die: What must be, must be. The Arabs abused them to garner world sympathy, and Israel killed them because they were in the way. That's how war works.

3. Israel's right to exist. Does it have such a right? Then why did God allow them NOT to exist as a nation for 2000 years? Does the US have a right to exist? As what? A continent? These things come and go, over geological time. As an expression of INGSOC, English social values? As a place where Irishmen can marry Negroes and Chinamen? "America as we know it", with its gay marriage, etc., didn't actually exist when I was a boy. Does today's America have a right to exist, but not the America I grew up knowing? No country has a "right" to exist -- not "Palestine", not the Ottoman Empire, not Israel. They just exist, or existed. There's no moral mandate here.

4. Fascist? That word doesn't mean much, other than "I don't like those people, so they're Fascists".

I support Israel, because they're God's chosen people, and because fighting against them is like trying to fight God. Most people who unwaveringly support Israel, probably think much as I do. As for the rest of the world, and the Pew surveys and Gallup polls about how they think, I'm not much impressed. People are as changeable as the wind: Today they support Israel, and tomorrow they won't. What really matters, is whether God supports Israel. If and when He does, they are safe.

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