Today, when Obama was in the most populous Islamic nation on Earth, Indonesia, word broke that Israel was going to build 800 new homes for Jews on Palestinian land in the West Bank. Obama merely said "this kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations." His weak statement seems to imply Israel's brutal aggression and expansion into Palestinian lands is OK if it's not being done during "peace negotiations." However, even when it is done during peace negotiations the U.S. will not lift a finger to stop it. Yesterday the Jewish state announced they are going to build over 1,000 new homes for Jews in Palestinian East Jerusalem. No meaningful opposition from Obama or any other U.S. politician was heard.
What can the U.S. do to stop this violent aggression by the Jewish state? For one, the U.S. can stop all aid to Israel. Currently we give Israel over $5 billion U.S. tax-dollars every year. That is real leverage on behalf of the U.S. Unfortunately, the U.S. politicians are too frightened by the Israel lobby and its powerful organization the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to be real leaders and stand up for what is right.
Second, based on the principles claimed by Bush the First in 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait, the U.S. can send its military to protect the Palestinians from the Israeli aggressors and force Israel to obey international law. Israel is in violation of many U.N. resolutions; many more than Iraq was when the U.S. called for the First Gulf War. If we are a nation of principles, Obama should send the U.S. Marines to protect Palestinian civilians from the Israeli expansion and enforce the pre-1967 borders.
Fourth, just as the U.S. encourages Muslims not to propagate violence producing teachings from the Koran, so should the U.S. encourage Jews and Israelis to distance themselves from teachings in the Torah and the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament which promote superiority of the Jews as is found at Deuteronomy 7:6; that teaches violence promoting ideas such as Isaiah 60:12 which threatens, "For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee" (Israel) "shall perish;
yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted." Also religious teachings such as Leviticus 25:44-46 which teaches it's OK for Jews to have Gentiles as slaves should fall by the wayside.
The meaning of this profound statement by Albert Einstein should replace the nonsense of the Hebrew Bible: "Should we be unable to find a way to honest cooperation and honest
pacts with the Arabs, then we have learned absolutely nothing during our
2,000 years of suffering and deserve all that will come to us."