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What Americans Don’t Know About Israel

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Let's take a look at some surprising facts related to the US-Israel partnership that you might not have heard before.



(Source: Ron Adar, ShutterStock. Jewish and pro-Israel gathered in solidarity with Israel and in protest against rising levels of antisemitism)


When it comes to the United States’ relationship with Israel, there is often a lot of talk about things like political maneuvering, military aid, and diplomatic relations. But beyond the headlines, there are a few key points that Americans might not know about this important alliance.


One thing that many people don't realize is that when America sends aid to Israel, it isn't just a one-way street. In fact, much of that aid is actually used to create jobs that benefit Americans and lower the percentage of unemployment in America. US governments and security agencies engage in technology and defense cooperation with Israel, which often comes in the form of investing in innovative ideas, for example in the Iron Dome - a joint Israeli-American anti-missile defense system that is saving the lives of many civilians from radical Islamists. These American investments then go to help keep US troops safe wherever they are stationed - benefiting both Israelis and Americans. This creates jobs for Americans, which in turn helps to boost the economy. So the next time you hear someone slamming US aid to Israel, remember that it's actually a win-win for both countries - leaving alone the fact that Israel is the most trustworthy ally of the US.



(Source: Iron Dome in Action, courtesy of Israeli Air Force)


Another thing that many Americans might not know is that there is a growing divide between the US political establishment and the American people when it comes to support for Israel. While many politicians, especially on the left, have been critical of the state of Israel in recent years, surveys have shown that the American public is actually much more supportive of the Israel's right of self-defense and right to exist. In fact, a Gallup poll in recent years found that 74 percent of American adults view Israel favorably, while just 23 percent have an unfavorable view of the country. So don't let the media narratives fool you - Americans are still very much pro-Israel. And being pro-Israel is being pro-America, pro everything that the woke movement hates.



(Source: Jelani Photography, ShutterStock. A Pro-Palestinian protester holds a 'Stop US Aid to Israel' sign during a protest at the Pennslyvania State Capitol.)


One of the most vocal and controversial groups to come out in opposition to the US-Israel alliance in recent years has been referred to as "The Squad". This group of far-left progressives, made up of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, has been a thorn in the side of supporters of Israel in Congress. However, their opposition to the state of Israel is actually a ringing endorsement of the country's policies and practices. This group is known for their radical leftism and has been accused of using anti-Semitic rhetoric in the past, so when they oppose something, it's often a good indication that it is worth supporting.

Another key point to note about the US-Israel alliance is that it isn't just a matter of military support or security arrangements. In fact, there are a number of areas where the two countries work together that might surprise you. For example, Israel is a global leader in cutting-edge technology and innovation, and the two countries often collaborate on research and development in fields like medicine, agriculture, and water conservation. Additionally, Israel has a booming tourism industry that Americans can take advantage of. From the ancient city of Jerusalem to the bustling beaches of Tel Aviv, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Israel. So Israel is indeed playing its role in making America great.


In conclusion, there is much that Americans might not know about the strong and enduring alliance between the United States and Israel. From the way that aid to Israel actually benefits Americans, to the surprising levels of support for Israel among the silent majority (that will hopefully become more vocal). One thing is clear, and it's that this relationship is about much more than just political posturing and back-room deals. Our strong alliance stems not from leaders but from people - and we must keep it that way because the power is in the hands of the people who elect leaders. God bless America. God bless Israel.


Follow Hananya Naftali on Twitter at @HananyaNaftali.



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23 feb

I love Israel and pray for the peace of Jerusalem! God bless you Hananya.

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