Charles Krauthammer’s column “Moral clarity in Gaza” (July 19) praises Israel’s ongoing massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. Israel’s intent is neither to end rocket fire, which was minimal throughout long periods of truce, nor to arrest criminals responsible for killing three settlers, as evidenced by its arrests of hundreds of Palestinians after the kidnapping.
Israel’s intent is to crush Palestinians who uphold the right of refugees to return to their homes from which Jewish militias expelled them in 1947 and 1948. It seeks to crush Palestinians who object to the siege that prevents Gazan farmers, fisherman and industrialists from the opportunity to export their products. Its intent is to crush Palestinians who object to armed Jewish colonists in the West Bank, defended by the Israeli army and subsidized by the Israeli Ministry of Housing. Its intent is to crush Palestinians within Israel who suffer under various forms of discrimination.
The United States is scheduled to give Israel $30 billion in military aid from 2009 to 2018. There are other forms of financial aid, including loan guarantees and loan forgiveness. The $1.5 billion in military aid annually to the repressive governments in Egypt is a result of our involvement in the 1979 Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel.
The only clear morality here is that we as a nation should end aid to all countries in the region.