How Obama changed the paradigm of U.S.-Israel relations – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

the alliance between Israel and the United States differs from most bilateral alliances on the international scene. While those alliances are based purely and exclusively on a series of strategic factors and considerations, that between Israel and the U.S. has the additional component of being anchored in “a broad picture of links, beliefs and attitudes toward Israel, originating in the various layers of U.S. society.” The special relations rely basically on “the prevalent belief of various and sundry groups and communities in American society that there is a fundamental and profound similarity between the two nations in terms of their history and their formative ethos, ideology and values system, their social structure and national style.”According to Ben-Zvi, the similarity is reflected in the fact that, like the Americans, with their ambition to conquer the frontier and to overcome a complex series of physical, technological and human challenges, Israel was also seen by the U.S. public as an island of vigorous entrepreneurship, progress, modernization and democracy in the midst of the autocratic, traditional Arab world, which is planted entirely in the past. Not only was the American “frontier ethos” seen as similar to the Israeli “ethos of conquering the wilderness,” the ambition to establish a national home in the Land of Israel for the persecuted Jewish minority, thereby fulfilling the idea of national rebirth, was seen as analogous to the American experience in its distilled essence.

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One Response to How Obama changed the paradigm of U.S.-Israel relations – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

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