Despite their differences, one thing democrats and republicans almost unanimously agree on is that protecting Israel should be a top priority for America. Israel and America share a long history and many common values such as freedom, democracy, human rights and a commitment to fighting terrorism and despotic dictators. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and our foremost ally in the war on terror. Yet for some reason, there appears to be a growing hatred and resentment of Israel within the United States. This article explains why this hatred is unfounded, and why we have both a moral obligation and many incentives to foster and strengthen our relationship with Israel.
Firstly, America was founded not on Christian, but on Judeo-Christian values, and therefore our country owes an allegiance to Israel and the Jewish people, who gave us the principles that built America. Although most Americans have never been to Israel, they have a strong cultural heritage there, whether they know it or not. Even Jesus was Jewish, so the teachings of Christianity are directly traceable to the Jewish people. So even though Jews may be a small percentage of the American population, their ideas were instrumental in defining American values and culture, and it is safe to say that America wouldn’t have been possible without them.
Critics of Israel claim that Israel does not give us anything in return for the aid and support that we offer them, but nothing could be further from the truth. In return for our contributions, Israel offers us their loyalty and dedication to our shared foreign policy objectives. Both the US and Israel seek to spread democracy to the Middle East and to bring an end to tyrannical dictatorships around the world. If we were to leave Israel defenseless against the hostile countries that surround it, we would be at risk of losing our strongest ally to our enemies, and our foreign policy objectives would be all but lost.
Israel has a strong human rights record and their policies encourage equality, fairness and diversity. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where people are not persecuted for their beliefs or culture, and where people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds can live in harmony together.
It is in the interest of every American for us to continue to nurture, protect and defend the state Israel, not only for moral reasons, but because without them we are alone in our quest to spread freedom, democracy and Judeo-Christian values to every corner of the world.