The Secret Behind the Unique U.S.-Israel Bond
In order to comprehend U.S. foreign policy in general, and U.S. special ties with Israel in particular, one needs to be familiar with U.S. domestic policy and with the U.S. state of mind.
For instance, since 1776, the U.S. has never been governed by a Europe-style left-wing government. Today, the number of self-identified conservatives is twice as high as those who consider themselves to be liberal. Following the 1994 congressional Democratic defeat, President Clinton turned toward the center/right, which paved the road to his 1996 reelection and the 1998 congressional Democratic gains, in spite of the Lewinski affair. In contrast, President Obama’s decline in the polls, accentuated by the 2010 devastating defeat for Democrats, resulted from his left-leaning image.
The American state of mind is not represented by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, New York, Los Angeles, or Hollywood, but by Middle America’s flyovers, who reside in medium and small town America between the East and the West coasts. These flyovers have benefited from a tailwind, triggered by the substantial migration, during recent decades, from the Northeast to the Southwest.
In contrast to Europe -- and just like in Israel -- the U.S. features a critical political mass of people who cherish American exceptionalism, patriotism, tradition, religion, family values, small government, low taxes, individualism, defiance of odds, and the right to bear arms. They are anti-establishment, pro-military, anti-terror, anti-UN, scorn Europe, and are suspicious of Muslim and Arab regimes.
The U.S. is the most religious Western democracy: 90% of Americans believe in God; 85% wish to preserve “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God”; 50% say grace regularly; 45% frequent church on Sunday; 15 million copies of the Holy Bible -- which is available in most hotel rooms -- are sold annually. The number of religious TV stations has grown from nine in 1974 to almost 300 in 2011; the House of Representatives starts deliberations with a prayer; presidents and other top leaders conclude speeches with “God bless America.” The American ethos also includes the three Gs: God, Guns, and Guts.
The U.S. is the only country in which 80% of the people define their core values as Judeo-Christian. The Ten Commandments -- which are displayed in public buildings throughout the USA -- are recognized as a key component of America’s moral foundation. Statutes of Moses are featured in the House of Representatives and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Leviticus 25:10 is inscribed on the Liberty Bell; Jewish terms are manifested -- in Hebrew -- on the official seals of Yale and Columbia universities and Dartmouth College; the Star of David is visible -- above the eagle -- in the official U.S. seal, and the U.S. map includes thousands of locations bearing Biblical names.