There seems to be an overwhelming acceptance among the American population that American and Israeli ideals and values are related. I do not believe this is the case. The founding doctrine of the American school of political thought is that the governing body represents the interests of the people it governs. One of the first truly American political slogans was "No Taxation Without Representation." We have a government of, by, and for the people. The Israelis take a fundamentally different view of how government should exist. They are a "Jewish" state. Anyone who isn't Jewish is automatically a second class citizen. A large portion of their population is simply not allowed to take part in their government, It is essentially an apartheid, and fundamentally opposed to the American set of valued. We continue to support them because of a strange ghost of white guilt after the atrocities committed in World War II. American and Israeli interests do not overlap, and our continued support of the Israelis will only hurt us moving forward.