The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Obsession with Israel: Variegated Trojan Horse

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By Jamil Toubbeh
Palestine Chronicle
February 18, 2012

‘Obsession with Israel’ is akin to wearing the Stars and Stripes on one’s lapel; while both may be symbols of commitments to causes, the causes, by virtue of their uniqueness, are rarely complementary and if by chance they are, their individual objectives and outcomes are usually skewed to one or the other cause(s). The reason: in a democracy national interests and sovereignty are unique and supreme. This concept is best articulated in George Washington’s enduring statement in his historic Farewell Address, delivered more than 150 years before the establishment of the self-proclaimed Jewish State, aka Israeli. Washington said: “[A] passionate attachment of one Nation for another provides a variety of evils…facilitating the illusion of an imaginary interest, in cases where no common interests exists; and infusing into one the enemies of the other, betrays the former to participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter”. The first president’s foreign policy construct is as valid today as it has been throughout US history–the “passionate attachment” to Israel is no exception. Or is it?

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

February 20, 2012 at 3:23 am

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