The Uncomfortable Realities Behind U.S. Support for Israel

When it comes to the U.S.-Israel relationship, there is a strong sense of support from Washington toward Tel Aviv. This was made all too clear by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent policies and actions, which demonstrate unprecedented levels of American assistance. But behind this façade of unwavering friendship lies an uncomfortable truth – one that was recently revealed by an Israeli organization called Boomerang.

Boomerang’s investigation uncovered evidence of anti-Israel bias within the U.S. State Department due to entrenched career employees who are holdovers from the Obama administration. It found that the annual report on human rights in Israel published by the State Department relies heavily on data compiled by a UN agency known for its biased attitude towards Israel; upon comparing these numbers with actual police records, over 3,000 reports filed by Israelis attacked by Palestinians in 2018 were found to have gone unaccounted for according to said agency’s numbers.

Further investigation also unearthed discrepancies between how different countries are treated when it comes to human rights violations, with Israeli violators receiving harsher retribution than their counterparts elsewhere in the world; likewise, criticism of other nations’ treatment of human rights is far less severe than what has been applied to Israel in recent years. This sort of disproportionate treatment lends itself to accusations that Jewish people and their nation can be held up to a different standard than others around them – something no person should ever have to endure simply because of their religious or cultural identity alone.

The fact remains that despite this harsh reality, Israeli citizens are still able to expect unwavering support from powerful allies such as the United States – something many individuals do not possess when it comes time for them to face injustice and persecution both abroad and at home. While this political reality may make life easier for those living in Israel today, it is important not to forget the underlying illogic and prejudice that exists within some parts of America’s diplomatic corps – one that can act as a dangerous impediment while attempting to make peace between two nations already struggling with centuries-old tensions along religious lines.

It would appear then that while politicians may try hard to paper over these issues with acts of open-hearted friendship and partnership – as we’ve seen recently with Pompeo’s visit – deep beneath the surface lies an uncomfortable reality full of bias and systemic discrimination which must be addressed if true progress is ever going to be made between Israelis and Palestinians alike.