Obama Turns His Sights to Israel. God Help Her.

By David Harsanyi - May 18, 2011

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How long will the world -- and the American media -- keep calling these people "refugees"? After more than 60 years, while the grandchildren of Arab exiles inhabit camps (giant slums at this point) near the Israel border, the offspring of hundreds of thousands of Jews who were expelled from Muslim lands in the late 1940s live in dynamic societies. Why is that? Vietnamese boat people do not live in camps. Nor do Cuban Americans. Nor do Arabs in Israel.

Peter Beinart, the anti-Israel theoretician, writing in The Daily Beast, recently bemoaned the fact that the United States was running out of time and would soon be unable to effectively influence Middle East policy -- mainly because of "mindless" land grabbers of Israel. (As you can see on any map, as expansionist states go, Israel is an utter failure.)

Fact is, Israel doesn't benefit from American prodding, typically unfurled to bolster the political aspirations of presidents. Obama has demonstrated that dependency on the United States -- even though this dependency is greatly exaggerated by critics -- is bad for Israel. It's also a bad thing for us. Israel doesn't benefit from American financial aid. What it needs is moral support, a trade partner and an ally. (A beneficial alliance is more than most nations who receive our aid offer in return.)

Beinart went on to make the tortured argument that the concocted flare up on Israel's borders was an extension of the Arab Spring. Well, when the Arab world and the Palestinians undergo a genuine transformation toward liberalism and an acceptance of history, there might be lasting peace. Until then, we're wasting our time.


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David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.

Copyright 2011, Creators Syndicate Inc.

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