US Support for Israel
The United States was one of the
first nations to recognize the creation of Israel
lending its official support 11 minutes after the
founding of the Jewish state in 1948. Since
then, the U.S. has maintained a close relationship
with the country supplying it with more than $3
billion in economic aid every year. In fact, Israel
has received more direct aid from the United States
since World War II than any other country.
- Holocaust Guilt
- Cold War Containment
- Military presence in the
- Christian Lobby
- Jewish Lobby
- Joint Interests
- Historical Similarities
- Arab aggression
- Humanitarian Aid
During and after World War II the
United States was forced to turn away Jews fleeing
Nazi Germany and survivors of the Holocaust.
By supporting the state of Israel, the United States
(led by president Harry Truman) was endorsing a refuge for displaced Jews.
The United States wanted to
support the only functioning democracy in the Middle
East a region dominated by authoritarian and
military regimes. Israel also upholds Western ideals
of freedom of expression, women's rights, free
market economy, judicial review etc.
3) Cold War Containment
U.S. foreign policy throughout the
1950s was primarily shaped by the effort to contain
communism. While the Arab states were playing
the superpowers (USSR and US) against each other,
Israel maintained its allegiance to the West.
According to the 1957 Eisenhower Doctrine, the
United States was committed to aiding any state
threatened by international communism.
4) Military Presence
Israel's formidable military and
its cache of modern military materiel is valuable to
America in the event the U.S. ever needs to respond
quickly to a future Middle East conflict.
5) Christian Lobby
Evangelical Christians believe
that the return of the Jews to Israel was prophesied
in the Bible and signals the dawn of the coming
Messianic age. The book of Genesis also says that
God will bless those who bless the Jews and curse
those who curse the Jews. “He who
blesses thee, I will bless; he who curses thee, I
will curse” (Genesis 12:3.)
Like the religious Jews, Christian Zionists base
their support for Israel on some of the following
- God bequeathed the Land of Canaan to Abraham
and his descendents (Genesis 13:14-18).
- The God who exiled the Jewish People on two
occasions- 586 B.C. and 70 A.D.- has always promised to bring them back and restore their
fortunes (Jeremiah 31:10 and Isaiah 11:11).
- Jesus spoke of the scattering and
latter-day regathering of the Jewish people
- Jesus said that
the modern-day restoration of the State of
Israel is not a political accident, or merely
the result of a secular, political, Zionist
movement, but rather the fulfillment of God's own
- Biblical calls to support Israel (Genesis 12:3), comfort
Israel (Isaiah 40:1-2) and pray for her peace
(Psalm 122:6; Isaiah 62:6-7)
- the role that God has given to Israel
14:1-21 - Jerusalem after the return of
- The Scriptures speak everywhere of this
soon-coming age and always in the context of it
being preceded by a return of Israel to the Land
of their forefathers (Joel 4:18-21).
- Great "birth pangs" will shake the Middle
East as the forces of darkness attempt to
frustrate the coming of the age of
righteousness. Because of this, God needs "all
hands on deck" in order to outrun the storm
- Heralds the dawn of a
soon-coming Messianic age
6) Jewish Lobby
7) Joint Interests
The U.S. and Israel have worked
together on a number of missions that served both
nations: curtailing the proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction (Israel damaged Iraq's Osirik
reactor in 1981 for example), battling
state-sponsored terrorism, curbing the spread of
Islamic radicalism etc.
The U.S. and Israel also share
information on cutting-edge technology in medical
research, weapons development, agricultural
innovations and other cultural exchanges. Both
nations also share valuable intelligence and
coordinate anti-terrorism strategies.
8) Historical Similarities
Both America and Israel are
self-made nations that have displaced an indigenous
population (Arabs and native Americans).
9) Arab Aggression
Middle East oil reserves were
critical to the economies of Western Europe and the
11) Humanitarian Aid