Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Is the U.S. Government's First Obligation to Americans or to Israelis?

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Is the U.S. Government's First Obligation to Americans or to Israelis?

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Is the U.S. Government's First Obligation to Americans or to Israelis?

By Khaled Al-Maeena

"We have exhausted our requests. President Clinton has answered all our needs. There has been no American president in history like President Clinton, in his support of Israel and the Jewish people."

--Shimon Peres

"President Clinton behaves like an obedient child of Israel and does not know how to say `No.'"

--Nakham Barnea, Israeli writer

"Peres is Clinton's choice in the Israeli elections and Clinton is Peres' choice in the U.S. elections."

--Shukri Nasrullah, journalist

These three quotes were compiled by Khaled Al-Qashteeny, a prominent Arab writer, in his weekly column in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. These are authentic quotes and reflect the true state of Israeli-U.S. relations.

They are also an eye-opener for all wishful thinking Arabs who believe peace with present-day Israel is possible. In Sunday's Al-Sharq Al-Awsat an American general said that the United States was going to have an anti-missile protective umbrella to cover the Arab areas. He mentioned Iraq and Iran as possible threats.

At the same time the United States is helping Israel develop its Arrow missiles. This, in addition to Israel's dangerous nuclear program which is continuing with benign American approval, is very ominous for the Arabs.

The United States scuttled the Egyptian peaceful nuclear program. Meant to provide a cheap source of power for an over-burdened Egypt, the program was hampered, thus today costing the Egyptians millions of pounds in extra spending.

Actions speak louder than words. While the United Nations was blaming Israel for the death of over 100 refugees at a U.N. base, the American propaganda machine spearheaded by no less than Clinton himself tried to neutralize the international outcry by saying that these things happen in war.

He was only echoing what Israel's terrorist prime minister and his bloodthirsty generals were claiming--they had no idea that hundreds of refugees were sheltered in the base. Israeli gunners interviewed later said they were not sorry that Arabs had died. They used derogatory remarks about the Arabs. Peres hardened his tone against the United Nations amid reports that the body's internal investigation would conclude that Israel had knowingly fired on the base. …

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