For decades now, Israel has been isolated and alone in the community of nations, with one crucial exception. That exception has been theUnited States, a country on which it has relied for its survival throughout its 60-year history. Every would-be aggressor has understood that the world’s most powerful nation was behind Israeland would not let her be destroyed. Every government harboring ill will toward the Jewish state has had to reckon with the fact that theUnited States was in Israel‘s corner. Every vote of condemnation in the United Nations had to confront a veto by the nation that provides its chief financial support.
In the words of a recent Reuters dispatch, “Under President Barack Obama, theUnited States no longer provides Israel with automatic support at the United Nations, where the Jewish state faces a constant barrage of criticism and condemnation. The subtle but noticeable shift in the U.S. approach to its Middle East ally comes amid what some analysts describe as one of the most serious crises in U.S.-Israel relations in years.”