Europe and Israel may be America’s Only Remaining Reliable Allies

February 15, 2012 1:47 pm 2 comments

In a quickly changing world, it is important to ask which countries the United States can always count on in times of crisis.  Recent events have shortened that list considerably.

India has long claimed to be a reliable ally, but it is now undercutting American efforts to impose meaningful sanctions against Iran.  Its help cannot any longer be counted on in the struggle against the greatest danger faced by the United States—an Iran with nuclear weapons. Japan, another ally, is dilly dallying on sanctions as well.  Brazil used to be a reliable partner, until it began to fall under the sway of Venezuela’s Chavez, who is closely allied with Iran and other American enemies. The “new” Russia and China demonstrated their lack of reliability when they vetoed American efforts in the Security Council to help resolve the Syrian crisis. Egypt, which has received billions of dollars of American aid, has defied American warnings not to put US citizens on trial on phony, trumped-up charges.  Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are now playing footsy with Hamas and Hezbollah, also Iranian surrogates, as they worry about the contagion of the Arab Spring and the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood.

It turns out that other than Europe, Israel may be America’s only remaining reliable ally.  And even some European countries, such as France, Sweden and Norway, are in doubt.

Israel will always remain a strong American ally because it shares an American commitment to democracy, to freedom of religion, to freedom of expression and to an open market economy. It also shares a common commitment to fight against terrorism and other threats to the security of the United States—a commitment that is less that vigorous among some European countries.

Some political scientists and state department officials, who call themselves “realists”, question Israel’s value as an American ally. They are wrong, and recent events confirm how wrong they are and have been.

There is no doubt that America helps Israel enormously, as it should help those who share our democratic values. But there is also no doubt that Israel helps the United States considerably, by sharing its extraordinary intelligence-gathering capabilities, its military R&D, its computer know-how and other intangibles.  As other nations in the region debate whether American troops should even be allowed to set foot on their territory, Israel welcomes the American military to engage in joint exercises.  In its nearly 64 years of existence, Israel has never asked for a single American soldier to fight its battles.  It fights its own battles while assisting the American military in defending our country against terrorism and other threats to our citizens.

It’s time for the realists to acknowledge that Israel not only has a moral and ideological claim to American support, but it also has a claim base on realpolitik. Moreover, Israeli exports—medical, environmental, educational, cultural, agricultural, and high tech—contribute to the quality of life of all Americans. No country in history has contributed more in 64 years to the quality of life of the world’s population than Israel has since its birth.

Those are some of the reasons why thoughtful Americans overwhelmingly support Israel, why every mainstream presidential candidate supports Israel’s security, and why Israel has never been a divisive issue in American politics, as it has sometimes been in European politics.

This commonality of interests should not immunize Israeli policies and actions from legitimate and reasonable criticism, any more than England’s shared values should immunize that country from criticism.  Allies need not agree on every aspect of each other’s policy to remain supportive friends.  But Israel’s reliability as an eternal American ally—and its many contributions to American security and daily life—should cause us to treat that nation as a friend and to resolve reasonable doubts in its favor.

Unfortunately, the opposite is being advocated by some “realists,” hard left academics and extremist student activists.  They see Israel as an enemy and resolve all doubts against it.  They single out the Jewish state for divestment, boycotts and sanctions, (BDS)—ignoring real human rights offenders such as China, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Iran and Syria.  They apply a double standard of judgment against Israel.  They do not limit their hostility to particular Israeli actions or policies.  Instead, they seek to delegitimate the entire concept of a secular, democratic, pluralistic nation state for the Jewish people in a world that includes numerous “Arab,” “Muslim,” “Christian,” “Hindu” and other far more particularistic states.

At its root much of the animus directed at Israel, particularly from the hard left, is actually directed at the United States.  The hard left hates America, and it also hates its reliable allies such as Israel.  But for those of us who love America, support for Israel—its most reliable ally—comes naturally.

So let our great nation continue to support the security and survival of another great democracy with the understanding that there is mutual benefit to our enduring alliance and friendship.  Israel, unlike many other fair weather allies, can always be counted on by the United States.

2 Comments

  • You forgot about Canada!! Canada and the U.S is loving, kind, and helpful neighbours

  • See it is like a coup, it harms progress, so you may have 30 years of moving forward and progress and then 8 years of going backwards. Which may take another 16 years to get back to where you were.

    After see what was doing with Israel and where it was all heading, we developed the whitepaper which would insulate the country through an 8 year period such as then one we are facing now.

    Sure the US did not support the UK on the Falklands due to different objectives in Latin American. But that is about an island and oil. The UK mainland is not going to be wiped out because of it.

    Israel is in a far different position, people should take note of that and plan for a period of 8 years, when US interest and a countries own interest at defending itself are in conflict.

    So at least from my view it is not a change in the alliance it is insulating the country for an 8 year period. When the US position and the other countries position are in conflict and we face an existential threat.

    The whitepaper was public, but the asymmetrical warfare doctrine that went with it was not public. Australia and the UK and Israel are the most loyal countries to the US. Both the UK and US fight unpopular wars that they have no interests in to may it look good so the US is not seen as a isolated bully, but using force for broader global objectives instead of self-interest and gives it legitimacy. It is not how many troops that are sent it is that the flag is there on display.

    Israel can’t join a lot of those wars overtly because of their religion and hatred against them in those AOs.

    Australia went to Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, the UK stayed out of Nam. But all that does not mean that there will not be an 8 year period when you get sold out.

    The Palestinian matter and the inability to reach an agreement does have bad outcomes for the US, but it is not easy to make peace when the resistance block is active and wants to wipe you of the face of the earth.

    The Arab Spring has reshaped that, as did the 2009 uprising, they are not burning Israel flags, but turned their hatred on the resistance block, “not for Hizbullah, not for Jerusalem”. So we all may have misjudged the popular support and block back from support for Israel.

    But supporting dictators also has the same outcomes, it happened with Iran and in Latin America where the US is disliked to this day.

    Anyway the deal was that Israel would ask for permission to launch a strike on Iran, as each red line was crossed, while the US was bogged down in Iraq, once the US had withdrawn from Iraq, Israel could act independently to defend itself.

    It was as that deadline approached all the leaks and skulduggery started to occur, the Israeli clammed up, the US if you don’t tell use your plans and get permission we won’t help you, if they do it will be leaked and in tomorrows newspaper.

    So Obama played a double game he used that original deal to justify leaving Iraq, but had no intention of keeping the agreement. In which case he handed Iraq to Iran, because a strike would have limited Iran’s influence. If there was not going to be a strike, then a residual force should have kept in country.

    But now they throw in Afghanistan and US bases as reasons not to strike. So the US has gone back on an agreement and changed the terms.

    Which I always suspected hence the whitepaper, unless you want to find yourself in the position Israel is in.

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