In response to Thursday's column, "Stand with Israel for peace" I would like to make it known that I wholeheartedly disagree with the columnist. The United States and Israel are currently at a crossroads but maybe President Barack Obama's administration should be looking for new allies in the Middle East. Israel is given an average $3 billion of U.S. taxpayer money a year, making them the single most expensive ally in history. Now many would argue that all of that money, that could be helpful to our weak economy right now, is going to a good cause, aiding the Israelis in defending their home turf. But having traveled to Israel, Palestine and the West Bank, I have a slightly different perspective.