[tweetmeme] Mike Pence, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, recently gave an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network in which he said that the US should support whatever Israel decides to do. He warns that the US is “sliding back to the Clinton era where it was the ambition of the United States to be an honest broker in the region.” According to Pence, the US wants to be honest, but should not want to be a broker because a ‘broker doesn’t take sides’ and that a broker ‘negotiates between equals.’ He adds that ‘America is on the side of Israel’ and ‘to send any other message but our unwavering support’ for what Israel decides to do is a ‘departure from where the heart of the American people are at.’
Take away the grammar issues there, Pence is stating that the US government should not look at Palestinians as equal to Israeli; that the US should support Israel in whatever it decides to do, regardless of the impact it has on America. This seems wrong to me. Israel is an ally and the US should support it when its actions benefit the US, but that calls for an honest analysis of Israeli actions. Blindly following Israel is a terrible way to govern the US. As the Majlis points out, if Pence were to replace Israel with any other country, there would be outrage at this interview.
Not to mention Pence apparently thinks Palestinians are less than Israelis.