Thanks to Ray Close for this item.
This is a talk given today at the Nassau Club here in Princeton by Chris Hedges, former New York Times ME bureau chief. The speech was well received, even tho it was very outspokenly anti-Israel. The room was packed. The advertised title was "A Declaration of U.S. Independence from Israel". Not a single hostile question in 30 mins of Q&A. (The club is no den of pro-Zionism, but most of its members are "Old Princeton society" rock-ribbed Republicans.
Israel, without the United States, would probably not exist. The country came perilously close to extinction during the October 1973 war when Egypt, trained and backed by the Soviet Union, crossed the Suez and the Syrians poured in over the Golan Heights. Huge American military transport planes came to the rescue. They began landing every half-hour to refit the battered Israeli army, which had lost most of its heavy armor. By the time the war was over, the United States had given Israel $2.2 billion in emergency military aid.
The intervention, which enraged the Arab world, triggered the OPEC oil embargo that for a time wreaked havoc on Western economies. This was perhaps the most dramatic example of the sustained life-support system the United States has provided to the Jewish state.
Israel was born at midnight May 14, 1948. The U.S. recognized the new state 11 minutes later. The two countries have been locked in a deadly embrace ever since.