For years Israel, with the full cooperation and the military might of the United States behind it, has suppressed or man handled anyone it perceives may represent the claims of the Palestinians to disputed territories that Israel perceives belong to it and that make up the one sided view, at least in the United States, of what constitutes the greater Israel.
Little is said about Israeli aggression in the US because of fears of a backlash from the Jewish lobby that pretty much contols American politicians through their fear of being seen as anti-Semitic, pro Arab of palling around with terrorists. Ask Jimmy Carter, whose book entitled Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid brought calls from many in the Jewish community that he be branded anti Israel. Yes, the same Jimmy Carter who probably knows more about the Middle East then most American politicians and who actually engineered a peace agreement between Egypt and Israel during his presidency.
This unfair treatment of Palestinians led inevitability to the election of the radical Hamas Party by a majority of the people in the disputed territories because they had reached a sort of limit on trying to be reasonable with Israel and because Israel has never been really reasonable with them. Brutally crushing all dissent whenever it surfaced. Carter referring to the boycott and blockade of Gaza said this in 2006.
“The Palestinian people are now being deprived of the necessities of life by economic restrictions imposed on them by Israel and the United States because 42 percent voted for Hamas candidates in this year's election. Teachers, nurses, policemen, firemen, and other employees cannot be paid, and the UN has reported food supplies in Gaza equivalent to those among the poorest families in sub-Sahara Africa, with half the families surviving on one meal a day.”Jimmy Carter op-ed Boston Globe December 2006.
It is very difficult in this country to see anything but Israel’s side of the story. But you can believe this: every bomb that falls on a Palestinian in the mind of those people whether dropped by Israel or not is seen as being dropped on them by the United States.
The people of the United States want freedom from terrorist and radical groups like Hamas. Yet, they will never get it unless they realize that their government, in their name, has historically never treated the Palestinian question or the people of Palestine fairly or even handedly as a true arbiter of justice in the Middle East. Until we do we will not make significant progress. Carter recognized this and was demonized for saying it out loud.
It’s time we start telling the truth about Israel’s warmongering and bullying when it comes to the Palestinian peoples right to a just settlement of the Palestinian question and their grievances.