Just eleven minutes after Israel officially declared its independence on May 14, 1948, the United States — under President Harry S. Truman — became the first country to recognize the Jewish homeland as a state.
In 1965, seventeen years later, a memorandum of understanding was secretly signed between Israel and the United States, thereby establishing a military alliance between the two nations which has continued to thrive to this day.
Since 1985, the United States has provided their ally with between $3 and $4 billion in aid each year, money which has been primarily used to strengthen Israel’s military and defend against its not-so-friendly neighbors.
To this day, outspoken critics of the alliance argue it’s not mutually beneficial for the United States to participate in any sort of partnership with the Jewish nation-state, let alone a financial and military alliance.
Here are four reasons why they’re wrong.
Israel is the only American ally in the Middle East
It’s hardly a secret that the United States