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Israel is very similar to the United States.
The United States, like Israel, has also displaced and settled people in the process of its formation.
The United States, like Israel, was colonized in several waves.
The United States, like Israel, was populated in its final wave of colonization by many deeply religious Europeans who were fleeing religious persecution and narrowly escaped death.
Like Israel, the United States thereafter primarily received an influx of impoverished persons who hoped to achieve economic security, even though they generally shared the majority religion.
Like the Arabic people of the region (including the Druze, Bedouin and others), the natives who lived in what would become the United States had an assortment of intertribal wars, migrations throughout the region, intertribal blending and cultural exchanges. They were a rich and dynamic collection of people that would later come to be seen as a single culture with a single set of beliefs and lifestyle practices.
Like the Arabic people of the region, the natives of the United States did kill men, women and children in the course of opposing European colonists. Not all of them did, but some absolutely did.
Like the Arabic people of the region, the natives of the United States did develop a violent arm of leadership that was deemed terroristic after the United States was fully established.
Like Israel, the United States forcefully relocated the native people into smaller and smaller territories in a linear progression alongside its own development.
Like Israel, the United States fought with bordering countries and seized territory from them over the course of its formation.
Like Israel, the United States exists in a limbo somewhere between a one-state and a multi-state solution with the people we have violently displaced.
Like Israel, the United States has enshrined some of the most ghoulish figures of this violent displacement as national heroes.
Like Israel, the United States had a severe technological and resource advantage on the people we displaced, mostly because of our financiers.
Like Israel, the United States is a nuclear power with an enormous army.
Like Israel, the United States shows its military service members extremely inflammatory propaganda, such as videotaped beheadings and other like materials, that encourages a quickness to anger rather than a nuanced response.
Like Israel, the United States exists in relative overall luxury to some of our neighbors.
Like Israel, about 3/4 of the USA population believes in the same god and holy book, but has (mostly amicable) disagreements on everything else.
Like Israel, the United States has bitter racial inequalities that we have failed to resolve, mostly because we’re not trying and because our leaders have an antagonistic relationship with the oppressed persons, marked by deep mistrust and blame.
Like Israel, the United states has invaded a country and called it a pre-emptive war. The events have falsely remained in history books and the re-telling of the citizenry as a pre-emptive war and not an invasion.
Like Israel, the United States has instituted collective punishment.
Like Israel, the United States has killed many children in the course of its military operation, and at least on a political level, has a rather blasé attitude about it.
I am sick of people telling me that I don’t understand Israel or that this is a nuanced situation. This is not a nuanced or mysterious situation. We have done this and we know how it plays out. We wrote this playbook.