In the ongoing clashes between Israel and Palestine, President of United States Joe Biden openly supported Israel. Biden has said that Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas. The United States like always came to rescue Israel again. With Israel bombarding Gaza for a second week, The Biden administration has approved the sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel.
From the beginning. Former US President Harry Truman was the first world leader to recognize Israel when it was created in 1948. Washington has always worked hard to normalize Israel and integrate it into the world economy. The United States has served as a critical sponsor for Israel financially and politically. Beyond arms sales, the US provides about $3.8 bn in annual aid to Israel.
That aid, unlike to other countries, is not conditional on Israel’s human rights records.
Why is that? Why does the United States the current superpower of the world always supported Israel?
Why Does America support Israel?
During the cold war, Both the soviet union and the united states were in a race to conquer the world with their ideologies.
The Middle East, with its oil reserves and strategic waterways like the Suez Canal, was a key battleground for superpower political influence.
Israel supported the United States during the cold war.
In the middle East, America found no better option than Israel. Israel is the only non-muslim country in the middle east with democracy and strong anti-communist leanings. The US wants Israel as a partner for intelligence and military operations. For that purpose, it was in the best interest of the United States to make Israel as strong and stable as possible.
In the 1967 six days war, Israel defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordon and was able to absorb complete Palestine as well as some territories from Syria and Egypt. The united states supported and provided military aid to Israel during this war. Since then, the US has acted unequivocally to support Israel’s military superiority in the region and to prevent hostile acts against it by Arab nations.
After the fall of the USSR, the United States want Israel to be strong to deal with Al Qaeda and ISIS in the middle east.
There are a number of organizations in the US that advocate for US support of Israel. The largest and most politically powerful is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Pro-Israel interest groups donate millions to US federal political candidates. During the 2020 campaign, pro-Israel groups donated $30.95m, with 63 percent going to Democrats, 36 percent to Republicans. That is about twice as much as they donated during the 2016 campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org.
Some people also believe that Jews secretly control the world and several rich Jewish families in America are forcing America to support Israel. Washington does whatever Israel wants. But the United States is the most powerful capitalist nation in the history of the world. Explaining its actions as cunningly manipulated by tiny Israel gets you into “Jews secretly control the world ” territory.