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Paone compares Israeli and American societies, including relevant laws, to determine whether they share “common core values” as claimed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an assumption which forms the foundation for American military and financial support of Israel.
His analysis includes the topics of democracy, freedom of religion, equality, housing, freedom of speech and the rule of law.
He concludes that not only do America and Israel not share any core values, but their principles are inherently incompatible. Yet AIPAC’s false mantra is never far from the lips of almost every U.S. politician.
AIPAC continues portraying Israel as it was in 1948 — finally, a homeland, though fragile, for the world’s Jews and a refuge for Holocaust survivors. But that image no longer reflects the reality of today’s Israel: the Superpower of the Middle East which is coming under the control of extremists; a nation repeatedly abusing its military power to unleash criminal violence on a defenseless population and a harsh jailer of four million people.
A nuclear Israel, a 67-year old nation of seven million, is a far more serious threat to the world than a nuclear Iran, a nation of 70 million with its thousands of years of civilized society. There is no self-destructive gang in Iran at all comparable to that of the ultra-orthodox and settlers in Israel who would be willing to see our world destroyed rather than give up their delusional visions.
The United States has lost any meaningful influence over the nation it helped create and still blindly sustains.
Paone suggests that Jewish Americans are the only ones with the capacity to deflect Israel from its present dangerous course. Though, he also notes, it may already be out of anyone’s control. The coalition of ultra-orthodox “know-nothings,” of settlers and of right-wing nationalists from the former Soviet Union are getting closer to running Israel on its own, including, and this is most worrisome, its nuclear arsenal.