Apparently, criticizing Israel is anti-American; to extrapolate – to bring back the simplicity of the Bush years – criticizing Israel now means that you hate freedom and apple pie and baseball. To say that the illegal occupation of Palestine is immoral and counter-productive means, in essence, that you are a terrorist. You are with them not us. You are against every American value because you criticize Israel, or something like that.
Discussing a draft declaration from South American and Arab State leaders, a United States government operative lists a series of “anti-American digs” against the US and Israel that were later excluded from the text.
The Wikileaks document discusses a declaration from South American and Arab State leaders in 2005, from which several references to American and Israeli policy were dropped by Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Patricio Zuquilanda. As Mike Soron says, this is an “unusually clear window into a USG operatives’s worldview at the time.” The Wikileaks document – naturally – does not say that anti-Israel comments equate to anti-Americanism, but both sets of comments were noted and excluded. Perhaps more interesting is the type of comment that was deemed anti-Israel and thus appropriate for deletion:
- Emphasis that Israel must withdraw to the 1967 borders;
- Noting that Middle East peace requires a nuclear-free region; and
- Consideration of the 2004 opinion of the International Court of Justice concerning the Apartheid Wall in Palestine.