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No More Israel in 10 Years

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Doing so "means no longer pretending that Israel and America's interests are identical, or acting as if Israel deserves steadfast US support no matter what it does."

James Petras said "(t)he US-Israeli relationship is the first in modern history in which the imperial country covers up a deliberate major military assault by a supposed ally."

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He referred to the 1967 USS Liberty attack. Israel bombed and strafed it. Dozens of US seamen were killed. Around 170 were wounded. The vessel was heavily damaged. Israel got away with murder. It wasn't the first or last time.

It's time to cut ties and move on. In May 2008, former US official Richard Holbrooke headlined a Washington Post op-ed "Washington's Battle Over Israel's Birth," saying:

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In early 1948, Washington witnessed an "epic struggle." Behind the scenes, policy makers wrangled over how to respond to Israel's May 14 declaration of independence. Influential Truman officials shared opposing views. Lesser ones favored recognition.

Notable ones against included Defense Secretary James Forrestal, diplomat George Kennan, Defense Secretary Robert Lovett, presidential advisor John J. McCloy, defense strategist Paul Nitze, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, and General George Marshall, whom Truman called "the greatest living American."

On May 12, Truman held an Oval Office meeting. Supposedly it was to resolve things. Marshall, Lovett, and others made the case for delaying recognition. By "delay," they meant "deny." 

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Truman asked Clark Clifford to be present. At the time, he was a young aide. He argued for recognition. Marshall was furious. When Clifford finished, he said: 

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