Why The USA Support Israel
The state of Israel is a recent creation, and the land that is the state of Israel now, was until as recent as 1940's, populated by the arabs and the palestine people. The Jews were poorly treated by the Europeans through the ages, and it culminated in the Holocaust. Out of guilt, the British led the effort to give the Jews a nation of their own. Prior to this the diaspora dispersed jews to every corner of the world, and they did not actually have a country of 'origin'. They are not a people of a common nation. They are actually bonded by their faith, not nationality.
But in the creation of the state of Israel, the British erred by not taking into account the interests of the Palestinians. Their land was taken away without due compensation, and without due regard to their spiritual and historical attachment to that area. Anyway, ...... since then.... the British, as in everywhere else, has conveniently washed their hands off the problem. And the problem, also as in so many cases, landed pat on the lap of the Americans.
So, what interests has the US in Israel? Well, the vast oil reserves is definitely one of the reason and forms the mainstay of all Administrations since back when. It is openly acknowledged that it is of strategic importance to have in Israel, a strong ally of the US, especially after the Oil Embargo crisis of the 70's. The other strategic importance is to have open and immediate access and control of the Suez Canal. These two factors played so prominently during the Cold War era, with both the US and the Soviets trying to gain a strong foothold in the region.
And it is correct to say that the US policy towards Israel is influenced very strongly by the Jewish Lobby in the US Congress. Even the Israelis themselves acknowledge that ..... that is their (the Israeli) strategic trump card.
It is not right to claim biblical reasons for endorsing the state of Israel to be set up in there without due consideration to events in history since. It is like the Native Americans (Sioux, Cherokees, Apaches, Navajos, etc) saying that the whole of North American is theirs by virtue of what is in their folk parables. How far back in history do we want to go?
I think the state of Israel could very well have been set up in a pert of the state of Texas (a dig at Bush here, ) or in Africa, and will still be a proper nation for the Jews.
Likewise, to solve the mid-east problem now, I also believe that the people of Palestine can still effectively be a nation with a geographic location elsewhere.
But that would be just a hopeful dream ...... mankind is irrational. They fight over symbols...... and some of those cities there are symbols of the religious kinds, which are the most powerful symbols.
Sorry, ramble off-tpoic a little ........ * blush *