The images coming out of Israel and Gaza are horrific.
Over the weekend, Israeli concertgoers were met with a barrage of bullets as militants stormed a desert rave. Meanwhile, as you read this, children are being rescued from collapsed buildings in Gaza.
All of this is exacerbated by the reality that civilians don’t really exist in that part of the world. Only enemy combatants.
Some are terrorists, while others are occupiers.
Around the globe, people are taking sides. Protestors have filled global capitals, calling for Palestine to be liberated. Others are standing in solidarity with Israel.
Here in the United States, our lot has been cast for us. It’s impossible to publicly denounce the human rights abuses perpetrated by the government of Israel without first being demonized as an anti-Semite.
Even as an American citizen who has experienced Israel’s draconian treatment of Palestinians firsthand, I can already see what the comments section of this article will look like. To which I preemptively say: Yalla.
Setting aside the political emotions of what is unfolding in the Middle East right now, there’s a much bigger conversation we Americans need to have.
Since 1973, the policy of the United States has been to provide the Israeli government with a qualitative military edge in security assistance and military weaponry. That basically means Arab countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will never receive aid that gives them a military advantage over Israel. They will always be the junior varsity team of U.S. foreign policy, so to speak.
Despite decades of advanced technology and billions of dollars of U.S.-taxpayer-funded equipment and training, the Israeli military was unable to protect its borders this time around. What does this mean for QME and U.S. security assistance moving forward?
This essay is going to ask that question. It’s time to have a talk about American foreign policy and whether or not it’s providing the return on investment American citizens are led to believe it is.