But Israel’s dependence on the United States – economic and especially military – is tremendous. It stretches over many issues: the military equipment the U.S. Army keeps in emergency depots in Israel, the provision of F-35 aircraft, and backing in the UN Security Council on issues like leveraging the Goldstone report and international sanctions on Iran.The dependence on the United States is usually played down here, but the Israeli public is not naive. The precedent of the crisis over guarantees with President George H.W. Bush’s administration – a crisis that contributed to the defeat of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in the 1992 elections – is still clearly remembered. The Americans can give Israel a cold shoulder in a thousand and one ways, while paying lip service to their commitment to its security.
There’s no substitute for Washington – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News