Excerpted from the Jerusalem Post with permission of the author.

For the first time in our history, we Americans have learned what it is like to be the targets of irrational, international hatred. We have learned what is it like to be attacked without provocation. Most of all, we now know how it feels to be accused of being an aggressor when we simply act in self-defense.

Of course, these are things that the Jews have known for millennia. And this puts America and the Jews in a strange but shared category.

When other world nations are subjected to brutal and unmotivated attack, they are usually granted the world's sympathies. Not so with the Jews. Not so with America. The reaction of the world to September 11th was a few moments of shocked silence and then an immediate onslaught of, "I told you so's" and "what do you expect when you throw your weight around with such arrogance?"

Most Americans are rightly outraged as to how our preemptive actions of self-defense are interpreted as unprovoked American aggression. But for the Jews this is just so ho-hum. Israel has, of course, observed this phenomenon for decades. When Israel takes action against terrorists that wreak havoc with suicide bombing after suicide bombing, they are condemned as merciless aggressors. Throughout Europe, Israel is reviled as a state that tramples on Palestinian rights. China has virtually ceased reporting on Palestinian suicide bombings, choosing instead to report only on Israel's response.

How do we explain such patent absurdity (after all, Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein are the manifestly evil ones, right?) unless we see it in the larger context of America experiencing something akin to anti-Semitism?

And the clincher of how America has now become the world's Jews was the recent comparison, by the German "Justice" minister Herta Daeubler-Gmelin, of President George W. Bush to Adolph Hitler. The irony of comparing the leader of the democracy that liberated Germany from Hitler to the dictator himself is matched only by the constant comparisons of Israel, the country that was built by the survivors of Hitler's genocide, to the Nazi beasts who tried to extinguish them.

Now, these contemporary comparisons between the United States and world Jewry can be treated as a mere coincidence. Or else we can make the most of the hand the world has dealt us. I propose that this series of factors suggest a political and practical application. Now that the Americans have become the Jews of the world, I propose to formalize the arrangement by making Israel the 51st state in the Union.

Have I gone off my flight path, you ask? On the contrary, Israel becoming a formal American state is the most logical thing in the world.

Forming an alliance--officially--between Israel and the U.S. would indeed produce a mutually beneficial situation. Right now Israel is caught between a rock and a terrifying cliff. Israeli civilians are blown up and murdered with weekly and sometimes daily regularity. They cannot ride a bus in peace. They cannot feel comfortable eating pizza. And yet they cannot do what would be necessary to actually eliminate terrorism because of external pressure. To be sure, Israel easily has the military and economic resources to destroy the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure and exile the uber terrorist Yasser Arafat. But international pressures, exercised by the world through the medium of the United States, paralyze Israel. So Israel is prevented from acting firmly and resolutely--as the United States did in Afghanistan.

But what if Israel were actually an American state? Any attack against Israeli civilians would be an attack against Americans. Then it would be absurd for President Bush to be pressured by other world leaders to curb the military response. Israel-turned-American commando units would finally go in and remove Arafat's terror regime once and for all, just as the United States changed regimes in Afghanistan.

The strategic benefits to the United States are also considerable. To those Americans who will surely say, "Why would we want to adopt Israel which is always under attack," I say: Wake up, America. You're under attack anyway and making Israel into the 51st state would decrease, rather than increase terror.

What America most desperately needs in the post-9/11 world is a permanent presence in the region of the world that spawns all the terror. The only way to guarantee American safety in the long term is to have a permanent presence in the Middle East that can be used as a launching pad to eradicate terrorism. Right now, American B-2 bombers need to fly all the way from the United States in bombing sorties against Afghanistan, and America is practically begging the Saudis to allow us to use our bases there in a war against Iraq. For permanent military instillations we've been reduced to aligning ourselves with Qatar, a country that purports to be an American ally while simultaneously operating the worldwide Al Jazeera television network, a major source of anti-American propaganda throughout the Arab world.

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