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Israel, You’ll Never Walk Alone!

The American people display a robust, long-term support of the Jewish State in spite of President Obama’s policy and in defiance of the NY Times and Washington Post (which contrast the Wall Street Journal’s attitude toward Israel).

According to an August 10, 2009 poll, conducted by the “Rasmussen Reports”

(http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/ally_enemy/americans_still_see_more_enemies_than_friends_in_middle_east), one of America’s most experienced and reliable pollsters, 70% of American voters view Israel as an ally (66% in a June 2, 2009 Rasmussen poll) and merely 8% consider Israel an enemy. In contrast, only 39%, 23% and 17% believe Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, respectively, are allies of the US. No more than 32% assume that Muslim countries are well-intent toward the US, a mere 21% assess that US ties with Muslim countries will be improved in 2010, while 25% assess that ties will deteriorate. Only 34% believe that the Palestinians will recognize Israel’s right to exist, while 74% do not believe that a lasting-peace between Israel and the Palestinians is possible during the next ten years.

A March 3, 2009 Gallup poll ranks Israel as the fourth preferred ally of the US, following Britain, Canada and Japan and ahead of Germany.  That is consistent with a March 3, 2008 Gallup poll, ranking Israel fifth (71% support), following Germany, but ahead of India, France, South Korea, Mexico, etc. The Palestinian Authority (14%) joined North Korea (12%) and Iran (8%) as the least favored by the American electorate.

The aforementioned polls demonstrate that the pro-Arab, pro-Muslim pronouncements by President Obama and his top advisors, and the attempts to denounce Israel as an obstacle to peace, have not eroded the inherent support for Israel and the latent opposition-suspicion-skepticism toward Muslims, including Palestinians.

Israel has been perceived, by the American public, as a role-model of counter-terrorism, helping to prevent a repeat of 9/11, while Muslims are perceived as a role-model of anti-US terrorism, threatening a repeat of 9/11. The American taxpayer blames Muslims for the burdensome security constraints at airports, which have taxed the time, pocket and blood pressure of Americans. The Muslim image has, also, been undermined by daily media reports, from Iraq and Afghanistan, of the killing of American soldiers by Muslim terrorists.  On the other hand, the daily US routine, since 9/11, has enhanced US empathy towards the daily Israeli routine – and with Israel’s mode of combating terrorism – since the 1948 establishment of the Jewish State.  While Muslims have been identified – since the establishment of the US and its war against North African Muslim terrorism – with threat, belligerence, injustice, deceit and treachery, Jews and Israel have been identified with compassion, justice, truth, faith, reliability and defiance of threat.

The Jewish State has earned its unique support of the American constituent, and has demonstrated the capability to swiftly rebound from a low ebb in public opinion, despite its non-Anglo Saxon origin, notwithstanding its faraway Mideast location and in defiance of US policy makers and public opinion molders.  This special attitude toward Israel is the result of Israel’s unique contribution to the US commercially, medically, agriculturally and militarily. However, the unique US-Israel relationship is primarily due to American empathy towards the concept of a Jewish State – since the 17th century – culturally, morally and ethically.

The US is the most religious western democracy (91% believe in God), which is based on Judeo-Christian values, does not recognize Muslim-Christian values and appreciates the role of Judaism in shaping the US morally, judicially, culturally, as well as politically. Forty-five percent of US Christians attend Sunday services and listen to Biblical sermons; almost every hotel room in the US displays the Bible; about 15 million copies of the Bible are sold annually in the US; the number of religious TV stations in the US has increased in thirty years from nine to 275; Moses’ statue is placed in front of the seat of the House Speaker on Capitol Hill and above the desk of the Supreme Court Justices; a monument of the Ten Commandments is displayed on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol; a similar monument will be shortly displayed on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol; and, the US House of Representatives starts its daily deliberations with a prayer.

Israel benefits from solid, long-term support by American voters, who are at the center of the US political system and who signal to Senators and House Members: “We shall remember in November!”  At the same time, the representatives of the American people on Capitol Hill are attuned to their constituents, and therefore are aware of their endemic affinity toward the Jewish State. They would not join an attempt to impose on Israel a retreat from land and principles.  Will the Jewish State leverage its significant American population base of support, in order to advance US and Israeli national security interests?

 




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“Israel did not grow strong because it had an American alliance. It acquired an American alliance because it had grown strong” (Prof. Walter Russell Mead, a leading historian of US foreign policy).

In 1948, Israel was misconstrued by the State Department as a burden upon the US, too feeble to withstand an all-out Arab military offensive, jeopardizing US ties with the Arab World and potentially pro-Soviet.

However, since 1967, Israel has emerged as the most effective, reliable and democratic ally of the US, and a formidable force-multiplier for the US.

For example:

*The June 1967 Israeli military victory devastated the pro-Soviet Egyptian military, while Egypt was on its way to become the pan-Arab leader, aiming to topple the pro-US regimes of the Arab oil-producing countries, at a time when the US was heavily dependent upon the Persian Gulf oil.  The resounding Israeli victory spared the US a huge economic and national security setback, and denied the USSR a dramatic geo-strategic gold mine.

*25 US military experts went to Israel to study the lessons of the 1967 Six Day War, and to examine the captured Soviet military systems.  Their findings upgraded the performance of the US armed forces and defense industries.

*As a result of the benefits derived by the US, a team of 50 experts arrived in Israel following the 1973 War, collecting information, which benefited the US militarily and industrially, bolstering the US defense of Europe in the face of Soviet threats.

*The December 1969 “Operation Rooster 53” highlighted Israel’s unique intelligence and battle tactic capabilities, which were shared with the US.  An Israeli commando unit snatched from Egypt an advanced Soviet P-12 radar system, which was stationed throughout the world. The Soviet radar was studied by Israel and transferred to the US, as were additional Soviet military systems, enhancing the capabilities of the US intelligence, special operations forces and the US defense industries.

According to the late Senator Daniel Inouye, who was the Chairman of the Appropriations and Intelligence Committees, the value of the Soviet radar to the US defense industries and armed forces was around $3bn.  He added that the scope of intelligence shared with the US, by Israel, exceeded the intelligence shared with the US by all NATO countries combined.

*In 1966 and 1989 Israel acquired MIG-21 and MIG-23 Soviet combat planes through defecting Iraqi and Syrian pilots. The planes were shared with the US, impacting the global balance of power, and enhancing the performance of the US Air Force and the aerospace industries.

*In 1970, Israel manifested its pro-US posture of deterrence by forcing – through its military presence on the Golan Heights – a pull-back of the pro-Soviet Syrian invasion of pro-US Jordan.  Israel spared the US either a loss of an Arab ally, or the need to get involved militarily in an intra-Arab war, while it was bogged down in Southeast Asia. Moreover, the toppling of the pro-US Jordanian regime would have threatened the existence of the pro-US oil-producing regimes in the neighboring Persian Gulf, while the US was heavily dependent upon Persian Gulf oil. Thus, Israel spared the US a major economic and national security blow, and denied the USSR a geo-strategic bonanza.

*The lessons of the July 4, 1976 Entebbe Rescue Operation – which underscored Israel as a role model of pro-active, daring and innovative counter-terrorism – were shared with the US intelligence and special operations forces.

*The 1981 Israeli destruction of Iraq’s nuclear reactor – in defiance of fierce US opposition – spared the US the potential devastation of a nuclear confrontation during the 1991 Gulf War. It saved the pro-US oil-producing Arab regimes from the jaws of Saddam Hussein.

*In the October 1982 “Operation Mole Cricket 19,” Israel’s Air Force destroyed 29 Soviet surface-to-air missile batteries operated by Syria, perceived to be impregnable. It was the first time that a Western-equipped air force destroyed a Soviet-built surface-to-air missile network.  In the process, in the biggest air battle since the Korean War, the Israeli Air Force downed 82 Soviet MIG combat planes without a single loss to Israel’s Air Force. The game-changing Israeli battle tactics, including jamming technologies, were shared with the US armed forces, bolstering the US military edge over the USSR.

*The 2007 Israeli destruction of the Syria-North Korea-Iran nuclear reactor, spared the region and the globe a potential nuclearized civil war in Syria.

*In 2022, against the backdrop of the highly-vulnerable pro-US Arab regimes, the growing vacillation of Europe, and the intensifying threat of the anti-US Sunni and Shiite terrorism, Israel stands out as “the largest US aircraft carrier,” which does not require a single American soldier on board, sparing the US the need to deploy to the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean additional aircraft carriers and ground divisions.

*In 2022, Israel’s posture of deterrence plays a key role in preventing the collapse of the pro-US Arab regimes and the dominance of the anti-US Iran’s Shiite Ayatollahs and the anti-US Sunni Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, which is crucial to global trade, the war on anti-US terrorism and the US-Russia-China balance of power.

*To paraphrase Prof. Walter Russell Mead’s observation: Israel’s posture of deterrence is not growing stronger due to the recent peace accords with Arab countries. Arab countries concluded peace accords with Israel due to the fact that Israel’s posture of deterrence is growing stronger.

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