The US-Israeli relationship faces a storm on the horizon | Michael H Fuchs | Opinion | The Guardian
Future Tense – Israel at A Dream Fulfilled have the same relationship to the land as native Americans to America, aborigines to They are the only rulers of the land in the past three thousand years who neither sought. The continued strength of the U.S.-Israel alliance is rooted in the shared values of the two nations. . During the past century this prayer has assumed practical form. As he was leaving Begin's hideout, Bunche told the future Israeli Prime. reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including educating the aMerican Public: FPRI was founded on the premise than an informed and Historical, cultural, and social ties play a role in the Russia-Israel relationship, and .. leadership sees its future in developing new strategic.
During more than six decades of state-building, Israelis have looked to the United States for political inspiration, financial and military assistance and diplomatic support.
Americans, in turn, have viewed Israel with a special appreciation for its successful effort to follow the Western democratic traditionits remarkable economic development, and its determined struggle against its uncompromising enemies. If one were forced to reduce the explanation for the unique relationship between the United States and Israel to one sentence, it was probably best expressed by Lyndon Johnson who, when asked by Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin why the U.
Such influence should come as no surprise given John Adams' view expressed in a letter to Thomas Jefferson: Recalling the previous experiences of the colonists in applying the Mosaic Code to the order of their internal life, it is not to be wondered at that the various passages in the Bible that serve to undermine royal authority, stripping the Crown of its cloak of divinity, held up before the pioneer Americans the Hebrew Commonwealth as a model government.
In the spirit and essence of our Constitution, the influence of the Hebrew Commonwealth was paramount in that it was not only the highest authority for the principle, "that rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God," but also because it was in itself a divine precedent for a pure democracy, as distinguished from monarchy, aristocracy or any other form of government.
Jews also contributed directly to the American Revolution.
President Calvin Coolidge paid tribute to their role in the War of Independence: The Jewish faith is predominantly the faith of liberty " One original design for the official Seal for the United Statessubmitted by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams, depicted the Israelites crossing the Red Sea with Pharaoh in pursuit and Moses standing on the other side.
The motto was to have been: Although it took some 2, years to resurrect Hebrew as a spoken language in early twentieth century Palestine, Hebrew was actually a prerequisite for early American scholars.
Many universities even required it in their curriculum. Hebrew was compulsory at Harvard until and, to this day, Yale's insignia bears the Hebrew phrase, Urim V'Thummim oracle learning. America's Support for Zionism American support for the age-old aspirations of the Jewish people to return to their homeland dates from the Colonial period when John Adams wrote: They called for the first international conference "to consider the Israelite claim to Palestine as their ancient home, and to promote in any other just and proper way the alleviation of their suffering condition.
Under their cultivation was a remarkable fruitful land, sustaining millions of Israelites, who industrially tilled its hillsides and valleys.
Roots of the U.S.-Israel Relationship
They were agriculturists and producers We believe this is an appropriate time for all nations, and especially the Christian nations of Europe, to show kindness to Israel The signatories' idea preceded the first World Zionist Congress that adopted the program to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine by six years.
Endorsing the Balfour Declaration InLord Balfour sent a letter to Lord Rothschild, president of the British Zionist Federation, stating that the British Government would facilitate the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. President Wilson expressed his support for the Balfour Declaration when he stated on March 3, The allied nations with the fullest concurrence of our government and people are agreed that in Palestine shall be laid the foundations of a Jewish Commonwealth.
After Wilson left office, his successors expressed similar support for the Zionist enterprise. Calvin Coolidge expressed his "sympathy with the deep and intense longing which finds such fine expression in the Jewish National Homeland in Palestine. Congress was no less sympathetic to the Zionist objective.Why Does The U.S. Love Israel?
One can look back to the joint Congressional resolutions of and that unanimously passed an endorsement of the Balfour Declaration. The House Foreign Affairs Committee stated in The four removed settlements were, in fact, tiny. In fact, Israel was subjected to heavy American pressure, brought to bear by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to bring the fighting to an end.
Still, is this so rare in world politics? Moreover, while Israel has, as Freilich shows, lost some of its independence due to its relationship with the United States, that, too, is a familiar aspect of international relations.
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All that said, Freilich has a powerful overarching thesis: Israel does indeed exhibit a large measure of dependency on the United States as a supplier of arms and aid, and would be materially hurt should American support disappear. He is also right to point to political and cultural trends suggesting that popular American support for Israel might someday become reduced.
Just a few weeks ago, on January 23, the Pew survey center released new findings about some of those trends, including this one: The partisan divide in Middle East sympathies, for Israel or the Palestinians, is now wider than at any point since Currently, 79 percent of Republicans say they sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, compared with just 27 percent of Democrats.
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As Freilich states, the declining support for Israel among Democrats, and also among younger Americans, is a very worrying phenomenon. Hence his two important suggestions for strengthening the U.
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I agree with the first and oppose the second. Israel is an increasingly well-off country and thus increasingly less in need of money from Washington. In Septemberwhen the new ten-year military aid agreement was signed, I had hoped the dollar amount of assistance would stay at its existing level rather than be increased again.