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Why Doesn't Somebody Build Jerusalem II?

With so much money being wasted, a nation could build an exact replica of the Old City Jerusalem. The original city is economically viable. The new city could be as well.
Certainly, building a new city is better than fighting over the old one.

If a Nation Resorts to Violence against its Citizens, it is in Peril.

On the way home from Friday services the Iranians used to chant death to the Israelis, Brits and Americans. More recently they shout death to the Russians who trained the regime's enforcers in riot control.

If the current regime can brutalize its own citizens, what are they willing to do with foreigners? The 1979 revolution gained little in terms of human rights and the 1999 students became target practice dummies. How does the latest violence appear to neighboring countries?

Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia want nuclear weapons for protection against Iran. It was a major blunder on Iran's part to divert their attention away from Israel as their main threat.

Israel Has Never Threatened Another Nation with Nuclear War

To this day Israel has not admitted to having nuclear weapons. Nobody in the immediate neighborhood ever felt the need for a nuclear weapon to counter Israel. Today, as Iran nears having the bomb, her fellow Muslims rush to make a bomb as well. The Iranian regime mows down her people in the street. What do they care about killing foreigners?

Saudi Arabia Permits Israel to Bomb Iran from Saudi Soil

Israeli jet fighters lack the range of bombers. The fighters need to refuel three times for the return trip from Iran. Saudi is much closer. Iran with a new atomic weapon would be a Shiite bully in the Sunni neighborhood.

Notwithstanding the propaganda, Saudi needs a pal and Israel fills the bill.

Its time to Update Our View of Israel

Many states develop plans to meet a variety of conflict situations. With her proxies, Iran has attacked Israel twice in three years. The proxies serve provide Iran with a substantial tactical advantage. The Iran regime is little changed since the days of the Shah. Iran remains a Police State, torturing and murdering ordinary citizens. If they can behave this way towards their own people, there is no reason to believe they would be more kind to foreigners.

People continuously liken Israelis to Americans. I cite the state of their oil industry as one huge difference. Israel has a world class reputation in solar generated power. Even I have photovoltaic cells on my roof to heat water. The current rage is the electric car. Israel has several firms with advanced technical development producing marketable electric cars. This is the Israeli form of "aggression." We should all bring our Israel views up to speed.

We Agree that Many Israelis are not Lovable

This is correct. However, there is a quantum difference between being prepared and being militant. From our universal draft, all of our young people are trained to defend the country. This constrains violence-minded leaders from other countries. If they err, about 350,000 armed reservists would descend on them. If an Ahmadinejad-type ordered his troops to fire on Israeli citizens, the soldiers would turn their guns on him. Why do the Jewish Brits and Americans send us so much money? It is to keep us home. We are rude, opinionated, loud-mouthed and politically radical left. BTW, this was why the Europeans took us out of the displaced persons camps and sent us to Israel to begin with.

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Born a month before Pearl Harbor, I attended world events from an early age. My first words included Mussolini, Patton, Sahara and Patton. At age three I was a regular listener to Lowell Thomas. My mom was an industrial nurse a member of the (more...)
 
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