Is Israel a democracy, America’s great ally and deserving of Christian support? No on all three counts.
Antony Blinken best conveys the first bold-faced lie, “What separates Israel, the U.S. and other democracies when it comes to difficult situations like this, is our respect for international law and the laws of war.” To say that Israel is a democracy with respect for international law is an outright lie and an insult to human intelligence. Israel is indeed a democracy for Israeli Jews but it is nothing of the sort for Israeli Palestinians. And for non-Israeli Palestinians living in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, Israel is an oppressive occupying force. In fact Israel has three sets of laws, depending on whether an individual is an Israeli Jew, an Israeli Palestinian or a non-Israeli Palestinian. Israel’s laws and their implementation are a perfect definition of apartheid. Our officials, such as our Secretary of State, should not lie to us, especially when the lie is to justify our (taxpayers) most generous financial assistance to a country. Some Israelis point to the daily demonstrations of Jews in Israel before the October 7 attack as evidence that Israel is still a democracy. Those demonstrations were to preserve the democracy that Israeli Jews enjoy, not to extend it to Palestinian Israelis and certainly not to Palestinians in the occupied territories. Israeli settlers in the Palestinian West Bank enjoy the same full rights as other Israelis while Palestinians languish under oppression on their own land!
As for “respect for international law,” just consider the international laws that Israel has broken, evident in its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and their almost daily expansion, behavior that has brought condemnation to Israel by much of the world at the UN General Assembly and at the UN Security Council where only repeated U.S. vetoes rescue Israel from worldwide humiliation.
As for respect for the “laws of war,” the ongoing conflict shows the many ways Israel has broken and continues to flaunt the laws of war — collective punishment, forced mass migration, the bombing of fleeing civilian migrants, an embargo on food, medicine and fuel for a starving population and hospitals with no power to stay open and unable to…