A U.S. ally? How?

This article was published January 9, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

Dear editor:

Much has been publicized and made about the recent U.N. resolution regarding Israel and Palestinian settlement. I, for one, don't care, as a country I think we have much bigger issues to deal with than continuing to be the world's police force.

I have nothing against Israel, Palestine or anyone else in that part of the war. However, when I continually hear the term of "ally" used in regard to our relationship with Israel, it makes me ponder the definition. Ally? The United States has been at war or in combat in the Middle East for all but a few years beginning in 1990, the initial "Gulf War." Not once has Israel done a thing in regards to troops or any type of support. I don't blame them, most of these wars have been ill founded and poorly strategized.

Still, it doesn't fit the definition of "ally." An "ally" that, according to numerous sources, including the book "Against our Better Judgement" by Alison Weir, we give $10.2 million dollars daily in military aid. Yes, let me repeat that: $10.2 million dollars daily.

I wish nothing bad on the Israeli people, but let's be honest: this is a region that's been at war or conflict for hundreds of years. It's a dumpster fire, and as an American, I'd just as soon see us completely disregard and ignore the entire area. Nothing we've ever attempted to do has resulted in peace, nor will it in the future.

And the $10.2 million daily? Better spent at home, taking care of our own problems.

Anthony Lloyd

Hot Springs

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