Re: "Israel's Color Problem," Opinion, Mar. 15
When Josua Dugan explained that "there is a reason that Israel is a thriving democracy" and it has "nothing to do with colonialism or race," he seems to have left out what it does have to do with: money. Israel is a thriving democracy not because of an exceptionally solid foundation, but because of massive financial aid. The United States alone gives Israel over three billion per year, continuously bailing out the Israeli economy which is contracting at about one percent every year. On the other hand, Palestinians receive only five percent of that amount (about $150 million). Neither the Palestinians or Israelis could thrive on their own, and without aid from the US, both governments would flop. The United States has poured trillions of dollars (over $134 trillion since 1950) into Israel to make it the great and democratic state it is today. This fact absolutely cannot be overlooked when trying to figure out how to make a democratic and peaceful Palestine.
Farzon A. Nahvi '07