Bachmann and Israel
IsraPundit reports on Michelle Bachmann’s remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition regarding the alliance of the United States and Israel.
I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play. And my husband and I are both Christians, and we believe very strongly the verse from Genesis [Genesis 12:3], we believe very strongly that nations also receive blessings as they bless Israel. It is a strong and beautiful principle.
The ellipsis and other edits are in the original post–I haven’t been able to find an unedit transcript of Bachmann’s remarks.
Personally, I think this statement is appalling. A sitting Congressperson should not be so willing to subordinate the interests of the United States to a foreign power, no matter how strong the alliance with that nation is. The fact of the matter is, Israeli interests and American interests are not always aligned, and Israel’s actions are not always worthy of American support. For example, I do not think that the United States should support Israel stealing its military secrets.
If Israel and the United States are at odds in the future, I would like to think that every American politician would side with the United States. Bachmann’s remarks above would make me doubt her loyality in that situation–and they go well beyond the questionable nature of Sarah Palin’s wearing an Israeli flag at a domestic political event. The latter raises questions but could also be fairly seen as Palin simply showing support for Israel. The former seriously calls into question Bachmann’s patriotism.