I do not understand how a people who were treated so horribly before and during the Second World War could possibly immediately subjugate another nation. In 1946 there were 545 thousand Jews in Israel/Palestine and 1,267 thousand Non-Jews. Two years later the populations were 717 thousand Jews and 156 thousand Non-Jews. The reduction of Non-Jewish population occurred during the Civil War in mandatory Palestine while the British were still in control and the Arab-Israeli War after the state of Israel was created in May of 1948. Whether the former residents of this area were driven out or fled is difficult to assess. It was likely some of each. I’m sorry but this was nothing more than one group conquering another to take their land.
Since then the Palestinians have been subjugated second-class citizens. It does not matter that they have often acted stupidly in trying to regain land and status in the world-view. They had a state and now they don’t. Further, Israel has never intended for the Palestinians to have their own land and nation. They have made that clear by continuing to create settlements in the areas that would have to become that state. In fact, it would be virtually impossible for anyone to define boundaries of a Palestinian state without enraging a significant portion of the Israeli population who either live in settlements or support settlements. There goes the concept of a two state solution down the bowl.
Now I’ve had Jewish friends, not really close, but people I valued. I like and respect many Jewish public figures. I know some of them fully support Israel, some don’t. But I think it’s kind of like Catholics and Notre Dame. Israel is their nation, a home team they never had. But we, the people of this country, don’t have to support the policies of a nation that is keeping the majority of its original residents down or out. We should never abandon Israel, but our politicians should not feel that they have to support whatever they do. In fact, we should be ready to apply pressure to them to stop them from creating settlements.
Don’t misunderstand. I don’t pretend to know what the U.S. should be doing in the Mideast. In other of my writings you will see that I think we know so little about that region that we should just get the hell out. The one positive thing I do know about supporting Israel with guns and ammunition is that those weapons will never end up in the hands of militants (other than the Israelis, that is). It seems that everything we supply to other fighters in the Mideast ends up in the hands of ISIS, Al Qaeda or the Taliban.