The human face of conflict. war, political threat, Intifada, struggle for the good life, women and their loved ones searching for the "good life" under war. Israel, the Israel Palestinian conflict.
A friend recently asked me why Israelis expect the US to "have their back." Why, he wanted to know, do Israelis believe that their relationship with the US is unique? The answer, clearly, is that the US' relationship with Israel is in no way unique. Politics and diplomacy are, at best, a self-interested process. Perhaps in the past, even the recent past, Israel's "friend" status in regards to the Arab Israeli conflict was granted because of its function as the single bastion of democracy in a volatile and irresponsible neighborhood. Obama's policy has been to woo fundamentalist Arab dictatorships in from the cold, to de-fang them, to humor them into being friends with the US and the West. It chooses to gloss over, or ignore, the intensely complex Arab culture which see the West as a threat to its own way of life.
The reason the US should stand up against Iran, its nuclear viability, and its threat to wipe Israel of the map, is not simply to help Israel (thought God knows, that would be nice, too,) but to protect democracies everywhere, not least, to protect US interests in the Middle East and the free world as we have known it, Let there be no doubt: America and its freedoms are threatened by Iran.
Israela: secrets, lies, and alienation. Heroism. Arabs saving Jews and Jews healing Arabs in Israel. Israela: An eternal struggle for peace. Three women and their loved ones seeking the "good life" under war. The complex social structure of Israel, tradition, history, war, Intifada, and love.
Author Batya Casper.