By John Rose
Israel's "fight against terrorism" has been presented as a heroic struggle by a previously persecuted people against evil-eyed assassins and bloodthirsty Islamic fanatics hellbent on murderous destruction of the Israeli state.
Many people, otherwise unsympathetic to the aims of America in trying to reassert its power in the world, may be taken in by this argument. After all, Israel retains a great deal of support in the West because of the Holocaust, when six million Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis during WWII. However, the history of Israel suggests the opposite interpretation. The state of Israel was founded upon the expulsion of three-quarters of a million Palestinians from their homes. Israel's evolution has seen the increasing use of state terror on a monumental scale. This, combined with American backing for the militarisation of the economy, has turned Israel into a ruthless outpost for Western domination of the Middle East.
Originally published 1986