Letter: Standing By Our Friends

To the Editor:

Mary Wilson’s March 17 letter (“Time to Change Policy Toward Israel”) contains blatant falsehoods and double standards concerning Israel, AIPAC and America’s support for Israel. She says “the majority of Americans oppose” support for Israel. A Gallup Poll in February found that sympathy for Israel tied the all-time high of 64 percent. On his recent trip to Israel, President Obama said, “The United States is proud to stand with Israel as your strongest ally and your greatest friend.” He mentioned “an unbreakable bond” between the two countries and pledged “unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.”

Congress over the years has supported both Egypt and Israel with billions of dollars in foreign aid going back to a commitment made at Camp David. The Palestinians are receiving $500 million, and Jordan is receiving hundreds of millions of dollars as well. Wilson demands that Israel’s aid be stopped, but aid to the Arabs apparently should remain untouched. Her double standard in that regard defies logic. Israel is a strong ally; according to Obama, “the U.S. stands with Israel because it is in America’s fundamental security interest. It makes us both stronger and more prosperous and it makes the world a better place.” Egypt has voted against the U.S. at the United Nations 79 percent of the time, while Israel has voted with the U.S. over 90 percent of the time. It makes you wonder what’s causing Wilson’s shrill denunciation of Israel.

Egypt’s President Morsi has called Jews and Israelis “bloodsuckers” and “descendants of apes and pigs.” He has also called for terminating the Egypt-Israel peace treaty.

Let’s remember who our friends are. When 9/11 occurred, Palestinians danced in the streets and handed out candy. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, Palestinians supported him and welcomed the $25,000 paid to families of suicide bombers. When Palestinians kill Jews, Palestinian President Abbas names another town square for the murderers, whom he calls “martyrs.”

I’m happy to support countries that support the U.S. We can use all the friends we can get. Too bad Wilson doesn’t recognize who our friends are and who aren’t.

Stuart L. Richards

Norwich

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