What is the history and status of US support of Israel?
In the world, as well as in the United States, questions are arising why the right-wing prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon has a strong bipartisan support from Washington regarding its policies in the territories of occupied Palestine. At various occasions, American citizens have complained that why Washington has shown military, diplomatic and financial support to Israel when Israeli occupation forces which are violating human rights and disrespecting various international laws.
For nearly three and a half decades, the relationships between Israel and Unites States have remained strong and supportive, one of the biggest highlights in the U.S. foreign policy. The annual aid of well over $3 billion from Washington to Israel was rarely questioned by the Congress and by the Liberals as well as Conservative parties who usually show strong opposition for foreign aid. It is a fact that most of the western countries support the right of existence of Israel and so as United States. However, none came forward to provide aid and arms to Israel after the occupation continued even after it was seized in the 1967 war. Only United States supported Israel while various objections on it for violating the international law and related subjects.
U.S. support for all the Israeli governments is regionalized on moral grounds in the foreign policy decisions, there is not much evidence that whether it actually was the moral imperative that played a major role in determining the guidance of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Although most Americans support Israel’s right to existence but this fact does not account for military, diplomatic and financial support on such a high level. The support provided by the U.S. included policies made for the militarily occupied territories that, in most cases, stood violating the ethical standards set for international behavior.
To support the claim that U.S. had but little moral interest in aiding Israel is proven from the fact that if it was Israeli security that was paramount in the eyes of the U.S., the aid would have been highest at the start of Jewish existence when it’s democratic and strategic situation was most vulnerable. Instead the trend was seen to be exactly the opposite because, in fact, the major portion of aid did not begin until after the 1967 war. As a matter of fact, 99% of the U.S. aid came to Israel once it was clear that Israel is far stronger in their military than a lot of Arab armies combined and the time after Israeli forces occupied major portions of areas with Palestinian population.
To sum it up, U.S. support to Israel does not spring from a moral commitment to the country or needs for objective security, instead is the product of perceived strategic interests of its own.