Since its creation, Israel's biggest ally has for the most part been the US. If you can call anyone a true ally. In any case the situation looks murkier. Dr. Rice proclaiming Israel 'must make very hard choices', calls for a contiguous Palestine, promises to add almost $400 million dollars to their coffers and repeated calls for Israel to do 100% of the sacrifice and the heavy lifting. Moreover the US is stepping up pressure on Israel to be the final arbiter of who they will be allowed to trade with. For example the latest problem with upgrading equipment they had already sold to China. And if one were to examine the military aid Israel receives from the US they would see that most of it is in the form of dollars that must be spent in the US on American contractors such as Boeing, Lockeed, Lytton Industries and other big ticket big lobby firms that do massive business with the DoD.
(as an aside, the next time some blockhead screams to you about American military aid to Israel tell them point blank that most of it, nearly all, is spent in the US and helps maintain the local economies of quite a few defense oriented towns - in other words it imports jobs to America). In fact Israel is a net exporter of military technology and sources only particular segments out to countries that have the technology on inventory or the infrastructure to build it.)
At any rate one can see that in the next few years, American Israeli relations may be victims of their own success. With the transformation (or whatever you call it) of Iraq, glacial pace liberalizations in Jordan and a US military liason presence in Egypt, the second largest recipient of US aid. The rehabilitation of Libya, the eventual collapse of NATO. With a near certain real dollar rollback in every EU sponsored military program resulting in the effective de-militarization in toto of the EU including nukes. With Russia remaining a modern state in name only bolstered by its nuclear arsenal and given a seat at the table of world powers only because of that and oil. With Japan debating seriously on revamping its own constiution to allow for a real army. For these reasons and others, one can see America simply turning its back on Israel and treating her just like any other country - a trade partner receiving no aid and making its regional political decisions based solely on immediate self interest, perhaps it's time for Israel to consider a new stratetic partner. One based on shared interests and shared urgency and shared necessity and not just who they are. It seems a high price to pay for Israel to be dependent on less than 3 billion dollars in mixed military, commercial and financial aid that comes with so many strings attached. Just for the benefit of relying on the US's vote in the SC. Well what of it? Why not work with another country that had a vote in the SC (China). Why not work with a country that will soon have one (India)?
Here is short op-ed piece that describes some of the recent goings on between China and Israel.
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