With the horror of the Gaza invasion being shown all the time we have much discussion concerning continued support of Israel by the U.S. government. It would be nice if supporting things making us hated among Arabs and Muslims could be avoided. But it can’t. This is why.
Millions of people believe the Battle of Armageddon, the battle between good and evil that will take place just before the Last Judgment, will be a battle between forces defending the present state of Israel and those who demand its destruction. So the side of good defends Israel and the side of evil fights for its destruction. Hamas demands the destruction of Israel. So by demanding the destruction of Israel Hamas places itself on the side of pure evil. This means millions of Americans will support any action which anyone claims will destroy Hamas. Regardless of the consequences. End of argument.
Even those who don’t believe in the Christian Zionist view of reality described above will be hesitant to do anything which would be seen as weakening Israel in its fight for survival. This makes cutting off of military and economic aid difficult. But so long as Israel knows it will get this aid regardless of what it does it is difficult to see it abandoning the invasion of Gaza. Israel’s leaders really think they are making their nation more secure by this invasion. The United States has no leverage to make them see different unless we want to really make Israel weaker. Reluctance to make Israel weaker means there is little we can really do. And that, alas, is that.