In 2001 Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, told Shimon Peres:  “Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel.  We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it” (Kol Yisrael radio, Oct. 3).  I am afraid that what has changed since 2001 is a stronger conviction by the Netanyahu government of the truth of Sharon’s statement.  The U.S. continues to fund and arm the world’s fourth largest military.  Our tax money continues to be used to support Israel’s army of occupation in the West Bank and the devastating siege of Gaza. The U.S., seemingly “owned” by Israel, is usually the only U.N. Security Council country to veto U.N. resolutions that condemn Israel’s numerous violations of the Geneva Conventions and international law. Most recently, Israel opposes the lifting of some sanctions against and dialogue with Iran.  The U.S. seems to be approaching the Iran issue with some appropriate and wise steps.  I hope those steps continue.  The U.S. needs to be freed from Israel’s “ownership.” The U.S. must not be pulled into a war with Iran.


About Michael

Born in Quantico, VA. Went to high school in southern California, BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, MFA (writing and literature) from the U. of Montana. MDiv from San Francisco Theological Seminary, Graduate Certificate to teach English as a Second Language. Have six books of poems published. Have given workshops/readings/or taught at Wichita St. U, Friends U., Tuzla Medressa (Bosnia), U. of Latvia, Laisma Middle School (Riga, Latvia), plus several states in the U.S. Live now in Wichita, Kansas.
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