Do you support Israel?
• United States
19 Dec 11
I support the nation of Israel. No, other nations should not help Israel protect themselves from terrorist. At the same time, we should stop telling Israel to not retaliate for being attacked. If the US was attacked, and Israel told them to not respond to that attack... would the US listen? Of course not. Why should anyone tell them to do something, they themselves would not do?
19 Dec 11
I think the US has some good reasons, as would other nations, to help Israel protect against terror. Israel is literally on the front line of the war on terror. If Iran wiped out Israel, who will they get next? I agree, when Israel is attacked, let them retaliate. I don't know why they face such scrutiny for simply protecting themselves. Thank you for your post!
• Lippstadt, Germany
18 Dec 11
I support Israel in small ways only as we are on a budget. An Organization is planting a tree a month from money I send them. It feels good to do a little for this special place I love and also have visited once about 20 years ago. So much for real practical help to Gods Chosen People and their Country. I know I will have to take some bashing here but if someone bashes me for it so be it. I believe that the Bible tells exactly where the God Given Frontiers of Erez Israel are and thats the Holy Land as God himself planned it to be. I believe that the Israeli Nation should really live in this part of the world as God designed for them and I am sorry they dont right now. I also think that the Israeli Government has brought a lot of good things to the Arab People living in Israel, like being cared for in the Hadassah Hospital, etc etc so I think every Arab who is not satisfied about living in Israel can go and live in the surrounding Arab States. Everyone would have sooo many choices as to where to live so there is no need to mess up Erez Israel and thanking the Government by throwing bombs etc.
• United States
18 Dec 11
The question I've always wanted answered is why so many people despise Israel and more specifically the Jewish people. I've never understood how an entire people could be hated. Even in the darkest days of America, after slaves were purchased and subsequently thought of as lesser people just because of their skin color, the effort to eliminate black people was miniscule compared to the effort to eliminate the Jewish people. As much as any group has ever been hated--and every group has been hated by someone throughout history--the Jewish people have really been through it. And that's seriously putting it lightly. I probably don't understand as much about the Middle East as I should, but I can see that Israel is hated from all sides. And for every humanitarian faux pas the UN cries about Israel committing, they're pretty much silent during the day-to-day effort by many to annihilate the entire state. How could one not support them, I wonder? Unless you're bent ideologically and predisposed to believe that the Jews need to be exterminated and that Israel is occupied Palestine, I would think one would support the state. But the world is chock full O'nuts - we all know that. I definitely don't know the answer, but I have a theory on it. It's relatively simplistic. If it's considered okay to hate someone or something, then people will probably hate it. It's now taboo to be a racist or a bigot to all but a few groups. Christians and Jews (speaking of where I'm from; across the world it's probably different) are "okay" to hate, so people line up to hate. There's no real outcry over it. For groups who are protected classes per the mainstream's influential arm, there's a lot less hatred. As far as other countries doing more - I don't know about that. I would think countries in the vicinity would want to thwart a possible nuclear attack. But then again, the entire world sat by and watched Hitler's rise. So...