Israeli safety rests on continued American support

With the recent turmoil in the Middle East, the bond between U.S. and Israel must remain stronger than ever.

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In recent years, the relationship between the U.S. and Israel has remained strong.

  With the 2020 Election race underway, political issues are constantly being brought to Americans’ attention, such as gun control, immigration reform, healthcare, and many other topics. 

  The relationship between the United States and Israel is always at the forefront. It is especially prevalent at this time when the U.S. is dealing with heightened tensions throughout the Middle East, from Turkey to Iran. 

  For over 30 years, the U.S. has provided almost three billion dollars in annual aid to Israel, most of which is militarily-based, according to the Congressional Research Service. The United States also provides political support to Israel, as evidenced by using nearly half of their vetoes in the United Nations Security Council on Israel-related issues.  

  Despite large amounts of American aid being provided to Israel, both sides disagree on Israeli settlements in the tension-filled West Bank. The West Bank is home to nearly three million Palestinians, but Israeli settlements are being built there since the land is Israeli-occupied territory. Israel claims its possession of the West Bank is necessary for security and religious reasons, as many holy sites are located inside of the West Bank. However, the U.S. believes these Israeli settlements have made it increasingly difficult for any peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.

  Relations between Israel and America have improved since President Trump took office, headlined by his controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the American embassy there, which previous presidents have restrained from doing so, believing that Jerusalem does not exclusively belong to Israel. 

  In recent news, President Trump has stressed the importance of protecting Israel from an imminent Iranian attack following the American drone strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Iran realizes it is not in their best interests to launch a major attack on the U.S., but a smarter idea may be to go after Israel, a longtime American ally. 

  Maintaining a promising U.S.-Israel relationship is crucial towards the existence of Israel, a country surrounded by Arab nations intent on wiping them off the map. With the continued support of the  American government, Israelis can safely go to sleep knowing that they are backed by the most influential and powerful country in the world.