Reasons I Support Israel

1. Israel is a developed nation. In sixty years Israel was able to build a first-rate society out of the ashes of the Holocaust. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Jewish State is the only developed country in the Middle and Near East. Israel has the 24th highest rate of human development in the world, or a .93 out of 1 on the Human Development Index, these statistics released by the United Nation’s Development Program. This is roughly the same as Germany. Israelis enjoy the 16th lowest infant mortality rate in the world 4.22 out of 1,000 live births, higher than any Muslim nation. The Israelis also have the 14th highest life expectancy among the world’s people at 79.4 years, according to the CIA World Factbook.

2. Israel serves the US’s strategic interests in the Middle East. The Jewish State is the only real democracy in the Middle East and Israelis view America in an overwhelmingly positive light. Israel has been a staging ground for many American overseas contingency operations and has been a reliable friend in a turbulent region. Also American intelligence officials are dependent on the Israeli Mossad much of their information on the Muslim World. Israel destroyed Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program in 1981 and in 2007 dealt a severe blow to Syria’s nuclear ambitions. If these countries had acquired weapons of mass destruction (WMD’s) they could have bombed not only Israel but the US as well. Additionally, Israel and the US are bound together by economic relationships. There are billions of dollars in trade and services transacted between Israel and the US every year. America’s first free trade agreement was with Israel and American companies like Motorola, IBM, Microsoft, and Intel have made significant investments in the Israeli market.

3. Israel is the only democratic, free, stable and relatively secular nation in the Middle East. The Jewish State has free and fair elections every four years to elect members of the Knesset (Parliament) and the Prime Minister. This contrasts sharply with every other country in the Middle East where democracies de jure (Lebanon), oxymoronic Islamic republics (Iran), and even monarchies (Saudi Arabia and Jordan) reign supreme. In these undemocratic countries; dissent is stifled and silenced at gunpoint, (vis-à-vis Iran), women are treated like chattel, religious minorities are persecuted, and homosexuals are murdered. In Israel people of all religions are free to worship as they choose, the media and people often criticizes the government, women enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts, and it is the only place in the Middle East where there are gay-pride parades. Israel by Middle Eastern standards is incredibly stable. Since 1948, there has not been a single regime change or government overthrow in the Jewish State. While in this same space of time there have been three revolutions in Iraq and two in Iran

4. A homeland for the Jewish people is a moral imperative. For thousands of years the Jews have been oppressed. They were enslaved in Egypt, chased out of ancient Israel by the Romans, persecuted in Europe by the Christians, killed by the Nazis, and imprisoned in gulags by the Soviets. After all these years of persecution and oppression, the Jews deserve a land they can call their own, where they can be themselves and live in peace. That is what Israel is: a haven for the oppressed people of the Diaspora.

In short, the Israelis have done in sixty years what the Arabs have not in four-hundred years. They have built a first-rate society with all the trappings and accoutrements of a developed country that guarantees equal rights to all its citizens, a first-world island in a sea of chaos, a beacon of hope for all. Israel deserves America and the world’s support.

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