HermanBB, Israel has not brutalized its neighbors. Yes, they invaded Lebanon but Syria did the same thing in a more brutal fashion. Yes, Israel has sometimes been harsh to the Palestinians and I do not want to get in a debate of who started it first but truthfully, the Arab world really doesn't care about the Palestinians. Having said that, both Israel and the U.S. would be better off if we treated Israel like a true ally such as Great Britain rather than a ward. We would never tell GB not to attack the Argentinians yet we tell Israel not to attack Iran by promising that we will. We have to stop throwing our weight around in the middle east because we are only making matters worse.