I really don't get the intensity with which politicians in both Canada and the US rally around Israel. The rhetoric during the US election surrounding this issue was nutty with each candidate trying to outdo the other in making promises to do anything to crush the enemies of Israel. Of course the Canadian Prime Minister just decided to condemn 'terrorist attacks' on Israel and express support for them defending themselves. His formula appears to be entirely based on 'Jews good, Muslims bad' with nothing else involved.
It drives me batty. Is it terrible that Palestinians fire rockets into Israel? Yes. What I can't figure out is how people manage to get away with so ardently defending Israel when it fires its own rockets into Palestinian territory and kill people. There is no point whatsoever in trying to establish who hit who first as we would have to go back thousands of years. The only thing that matters is that everybody needs to stop murdering everybody else. Characterizing one side as the terrorists and the other side as the valiant defenders of freedom as both sides random blast each other's civilians is disingenuous at best, downright evil at worst.
So what causes politicians over here to be so incredibly focused around Israel's fate? There are plenty of other nations suffering internal strife and the one sided sabre rattling we see around Israel simply doesn't appear elsewhere. Is the Jewish vote so easily manipulated and so critical? I ask that question because I don't really know... it seems likely that politicians figure they could lose the entire Jewish vote if they don't express total solidarity with Israel but aren't they likely to lose a ton of Muslim votes at the same time?
My most important criteria for voting is 'who will incinerate less human beings'. Politicians could really sell me on voting for them if they would stop supporting military action by powerful nations against weak nations on what seems like an entirely religious or racial basis.