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    Do we need to De-Israelize US foreign policy?

    Patrick Buchanan noted that the US congress was Israeli occupied territory, kicking off a dispute with Wm F Buckley, about thirty years ago.

    Today were are seeing a rise of paleo conservative voices in politics, with a rise in isolationist sentiment, not to mention a need to balance the budget. Aid to Israel is costly, as was the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv.

    Is that the direction we ought to move? Does Israel have an undue influence in US foreign policy?

    Is Netanyahu and his amen corner exhilerated?

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    demi will humour your obsession:

    Warren and other candidates are skipping AIPAC conferences, Omar was making essentially the same criticism as Buchanan.

    It's becoming bipartisan, the winds are changing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simplicio View Post
    Aid to Israel is costly, as was the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv.
    At what cost is it no longer feasible - money-wise - to move a US Embassy to that Country's Capital?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    At what cost is it no longer feasible - money-wise - to move a US Embassy to that Country's Capital?
    I don't know. But I am quite sure that it was expensive. So I assume you think the costs, effects on the deficit, are less important than the symbolism of following Israel's lead. Not all countries mobed their embassy to Jerusalem.

    Do you think Israel wields undue influence on US policy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplicio View Post
    Do you think Israel wields undue influence on US policy?
    No, I think we are supporting the only real Democracy and real friend in the area. And the embassy move wasn't that expensive, I believe we use a preexisting building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    No, I think we are supporting the only real Democracy and real friend in the area. And the embassy move wasn't that expensive, I believe we use a preexisting building.
    ^that.

    Israel is the only country over there who is genuinely an ally in the Middle East.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplicio View Post
    I don't know. But I am quite sure that it was expensive.
    So, when you said "Aid to Israel is costly, as was the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv", you were just making it up? No clue as to the actual cost?

    So I assume you think the costs, effects on the deficit, are less important than the symbolism of following Israel's lead.
    You can assume all you want, I just suspected you were making a statement out of ignorance, and decided to challenge you on it.

    Not all countries mobed their embassy to Jerusalem.
    And that's a standard by which a friend of Israel should decide our Embassy's location? It's a matter of recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, as many other nations have done. Some of them have moved their Embassies to Jerusalem, some to the suburbs of Jerusalem, and some were already there.

    Do you have a point?

    Do you think Israel wields undue influence on US policy?
    I think we have a symbiotic relationship with Israel that benefits us both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    So, when you said "Aid to Israel is costly, as was the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv", you were just making it up? No clue as to the actual cost?

    You can assume all you want, I just suspected you were making a statement out of ignorance, and decided to challenge you on it.

    And that's a standard by which a friend of Israel should decide our Embassy's location? It's a matter of recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, as many other nations have done. Some of them have moved their Embassies to Jerusalem, some to the suburbs of Jerusalem, and some were already there.

    Do you have a point?

    I think we have a symbiotic relationship with Israel that benefits us both.
    No, I do not know how much it cost us to move the embassy from Tel Aviv. I do know that it generated some comments at the time. But here is an article: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-...em-cost-2018-7 An embassy is more than just a building with a fence and an phone line hooked to it.

    Yes, the stampede of countries rushing to recognize include the United States, Guatemala, and Moldova, filling up the new Embassy Row in Jerusalem. Oh snap! Except Guatemala hasn't actually moved their embassy, and the Republic of Moldova can't quite seem to shake Russian influence in its foreign affairs! (Russia is reluctant to move its embassy to Jerusalem.) Rather odd that the Knesset declared Jerusalem to be the capitol of Israel in 1981. Took the United States 37 years to recognize where the capitol of Israel was, not sure how many other countries recognize the reality of Jerusalem as capitol of Israel.

    Sounds like you are making the statements out of ignorance!

    So I take that you approve of the special position Israel has in US foreign policy, that you do not see the relationship as just a foreign entanglement, and do not see it as a burdensome expense on the US balance sheet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    ^that.

    Israel is the only country over there who is genuinely an ally in the Middle East.
    Why do we need an ally thousands of miles from our shores? Your answer carries definite globalist inference, where American interests extend beyond our secure borders and involve inserting us into the domestic squabbles of foreign, sovereign nations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplicio View Post
    Why do we need an ally thousands of miles from our shores? Your answer carries definite globalist inference, where American interests extend beyond our secure borders and involve inserting us into the domestic squabbles of foreign, sovereign nations.
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