The American people are still firmly behind Israel, despite the unrelenting attacks against the Jewish state from the Left. According to a recent Gallup poll, Israel’s favorable rating among the American people is at 74 percent. The highest such rating that Israel has achieved since the Gulf War of 1991. The same poll also concluded that the Palestinian Authority’s approval rating among the American people is an abysmal 23 percent, despite the overwhelming support they receive from the MSM, and academia, and the growing Bernie Sanders wing of the Democrat Party. Kudos to pro-Israel Americans (most especially President Trump) who keep the U.S-Israel alliance strong.
The US-Israel Alliance Is Durable and Strong
By Algemeiner, April 8, 2020
The US-Israel bond is a unique bottom-up phenomenon in the sphere of international relations, with most elected officials in the US House, Senate, and the White House following the positive state of mind of most Americans regarding Israel.
Ordinarily, international relations constitute a top-down phenomenon, with elected officials shaping policy toward another country, which is then endorsed — or opposed — by the constituency.
But the roots of the positive attitude toward Israel, by most Americans, are 400 years old, dating back to the 1620 Mayflower. Thus, according to a recent Gallup poll, Israel’s February 2020 favorable rating among Americans is 74% — the highest since 1989. It is second only to a January 1991 poll (79%), when Israel was targeted by Iraq’s Scud missiles during the Gulf War.
While Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Japan, and India are ahead of Israel in the poll, none of them has experienced Israel’s systematically coarse treatment by the US State Department establishment, some in the media, and much of US academia. While Israel benefits from a substantial level of public support, the Palestinian Authority’s favorable rating in February 2020 was 23%, slightly ahead of Iran (11%), North Korea (12%), Afghanistan (18%), and Iraq (19%).
Most Americans recognize the US-Israel compatibility of long term core values, culture, and civic foundations, in addition to shared national security challenges and threats, which transcend short term disagreements.
Most Americans appreciate Israel’s consistently unconditional alliance with the US — unlike the rest of the Middle East and many of the European countries — in addition to Israel’s innovative nature and unique levels of patriotism, optimism, attachment to roots, and communal solidarity and responsibility.
The wide base of support among Americans — along with the surging mutually beneficial strategic cooperation — has produced a unique pattern of friction between the US and Israeli administrations: V-shaped (a swift deterioration and a swift recovery), and not U-shaped (a swift deterioration and a delayed recovery).
For example, Israel’s June 7, 1981 destruction of Iraq’s nuclear reactor triggered a harsh US reaction, including the suspension of the delivery of F-16 combat planes. However, on December 1, 1981, an unprecedented strategic cooperation accord was concluded, recognizing Israel’s cardinal role in the battle against Islamic terrorism, the rising threat of Iran’s ayatollahs, the expansion of Soviet influence in the Middle East, and the contribution of Israel’s unique battle experience and military intelligence to the performance of the US armed forces and defense industries.
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