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Why is it the role of the USA to protect Israel?

Reader comment on item: Obama vs. McCain on the Middle East
in response to reader comment: Obama's current position on Israel reminded me of this quote from George Orwell's 1984:

Submitted by James Burke (Canada), Jun 9, 2008 at 06:46

Given that the Israeli Govt is loathe to do do anything about prtecting Sderot or Ashkelon ( and maybe soon Tel Aviv) why must the USA play the sole protectorate of Israel?

The USA has plenty of problems right now ( although most of the world wishes they had ONLY these problems).

When I was hearing Obama or Hillary Clinton each say how much they love Israel and will protect it it made me feel good but thoughts in my head kept saying why do Obama and Clinton sound more israeli than the Israelis?


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