Anonymous said: Apologies if this is a silly question, but why does the US continue to support Israel? What does the US gain from Israel?
For a number of reasons.
In terms of geopolitics, it is a western-oriented country that’s very friendly to the US and is willing to serve as a bulwark against possible threats from other Middle Eastern countries. Additionally, it has a very well-developed military with a multitude of weapons and a nuclear arsenal. The calculation for America is that it’s better to have Israel on “our” side than for “us” to let it go and fall in line with say Russia or China.
In terms of domestic politics, there is a powerful lobby in Washington that enforces a consensus on Israel. It’s not that this lobby is invincible, far from it. However, to stand up to it, you need a lot of resources, including money and the ability to take hits and still emerge victorious. Politicians who might want to disagree look at the pros and cons and decide it’s not worth it to disagree. It also helps that zionism has literally acted as a ticket to Washington — e.g. Democrat Senator Dick Durbin who owes his career to zionism.
Moreover, Israel and Islamophobia go hand-in-hand. Especially after 9/11, hatred and bigotry against Muslims and Muslim-coded people has moved more into the mainstream on the right but also on the left. Israel has benefited from this because it is seen as fighting against Muslim extremists, even though that isn’t true. This is why Netanyahu once said that 9/11 was good for Israel.