What if….?

The British Commonwealth of Nations is composed of 53 member states and former territories and colonies which includes the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and South Africa with a population of 2.328 billion people.

An attack on any one of the 53 members would be considered an attack on the entire Commonwealth and would be met with united military response.

Likewise, the United States has sovereignty over a number of territories outside and distant from the present 50 states. These include Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The largest of these American territories is Puerto Rico with a population of 3.6 million, followed by the Pacific territory of Guam, population 172, 094 and the small population of 55,000 in the Northern Mariana islands. The population of the U.S. Virgin Islands, very popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean (Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas) is 105, 000.

Like the British Commonwealth of Nations, any attack on an American territory would be considered as an attack on the U.S. mainland and would be treated accordingly.

The United States acquired the islands of Puerto Rico in 1898 after the Spanish-American War (which also gave the Phillipine Islands as territories to the U.S.). Puerto Rico has been under American sovereignty for 118 years and Puerto Ricans have been U.S. citizens since 1917. It is a territory or commonwealth of the United States and has autonomy for most of its laws and governance.
Puerto Ricans, as American citizens, must serve in the U.S. military forces whenever it is required in mainland U.S.

Likewise, the Pacific island of Guam was ceded to the United States by Spain in 1898 at the end of the War. Guam has the political status of an “unincorporated territory of the United States”. Its people are full U.S. citizens as are the people of the Northern Mariana islands, another U.S. territory.

The United States Virgin Islands were sold to the U.S. by the Kingdom of Denmark in 1916 for a cost of 25 million American dollars in gold coin. The three islands are immensely popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean.

The United Nations classifies the Virgin Islands as a Non-Self Governing Territory and they are an organized incorporated U.S. Territory. The residents of the Virgin Islands are U.S. citizens.

Now………………… WHAT IF…. Israel chose to become a Commonwealth of the United States of America? All Israeli citizens would immediately become U.S. citizens with full autonomy to govern, pass laws and legislate in their country.

Consider this fact. Any attack on Israel would be considered an attack on the United States which would respond with all its power and might. Just as an attack on Australia or Canada or any member of the British Commonwealth would be an attack on all the 53 member States.

No Arab nation would then consider attacking Israel in fear of an American retaliation. And Israelis could walk freely and without fear in all the towns, villages and cities… all the streets of the entire country.

Israelis, then, as American citizens of the Commonwealth would no longer require American visas.

But the issue of paying taxes might be a problem. Israelis don’t like being taxed. Many try to avoid paying taxes. And now, as a U.S. commonwealth, would they be required to pay federal U.S. taxes?

For the answer to that question, one would have to ask 52 members of the British Commonwealth if they are required to pay additional taxes to the United Kingdom.

It’s only a fantasy about Israel becoming attached to America as a commonwealth like Puerto Rico.

But….. WHAT IF?

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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