America is pro-Israel because Americans are pro-Israel
Social media is ablaze reacting to the Twitter insinuation of anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that Jewish-Israeli money is the real reason why American policy is very supportive of the state of Israel.
Omar’s anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are proven incorrect by virtually every legitimate polling company in the United States that measures Americans’ support for the Jewish state. In fact, last year, according to Gallup, U.S. support for Israel hit a two-decade high. The statistic is incredibly impressive when you consider how hostile and unfair much of the legacy media has been in covering Israel over the past few years.
There are many reasons why Americans support the nation of Israel, which is by far the most free country in the Middle East. For conservatives, it’s largely about our shared classical liberal and Western values. Others cite Israel’s modern economy, impressive technologies, its culture of tolerance, entrepreneurial spirit, respect for the rule of law, insistence upon equality and human rights, and its democratic governing process.
Americans are not fooled into supporting Israel, as Omar seems to imply. America supports Israel because the vast majority of Americans are pro-Israel at our core.
Israel does not spend money lobbying
Rep. Omar’s tweetstorm included the deception that pro-Israel groups like AIPAC, in addition to the State of Israel itself, are buying politicans’ support for Israel with cold hard cash.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar tweeted Sunday evening.
The truth is that AIPAC does not pay politicians, and Israel hardly does any lobbying whatsoever.
AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is not a political action committee. As a 501(c)(4) advocacy group, AIPAC does not fund campaigns for office. AIPAC, through support from its many donors, advocates for pro-Israel policies. Its influence in Congress pales in comparison to the major U.S. corporate lobbies in Washington.
Unlike its Middle East neighbors, which are known to shell out tens of millions of dollars in lobbying cash every year, Israel spends virtually no money at all on lobbying. Support for the U.S.-Israel relationship grows thanks to Americans’ natural inclination to support Israel, in addition to the several Jewish and Christian pro-Israel groups that bolster awareness about pro-Israel causes in the United States.
Iran marks 40 years since Islamic Revolution ruined country
The theocrats who rule Iran celebrated their 40th year in power today, the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in which the ayatollahs overthrew the shah of Iran.
What was once a country led by a devoted U.S. ally has morphed into the world’s foremost state sponsor of jihadi terrorism. Today, Iran remains committed to the expansion of its radical ideology and to the acquisition of nuclear weapons.
Of course, regime-led events started and ended with chants calling for “Death to America” and its allies.
US-China trade talks continue with tariff deadline just weeks away
American and Chinese negotiators have commenced another round of talks over a possible trade deal that would dissolve economic tensions between the two superpowers.
The American negotiators reportedly want to address China’s intellectual property (IP) theft, while China’s team is seeking assurances on tariffs related to Chinese imports.
“U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will join higher principal-level talks Thursday and Friday,” Fox Business reports.
The United States and China have until March 1 to strike a deal to avoid the imposition of reciprocal tariffs, which some fear could result in a full-blown trade war between the two states.
US-North Korean officials hash out details for coming Trump-Kim summit
U.S. and North Korean officials will hold a series of meetings, starting February 17, to make final preparations for the coming Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27-28. The U.S. side continues to seek evidence of progress on stabilization and denuclearization efforts, while Pyongyang seeks economic aid and American recognition of Kim Jong Un’s supposed right to rule over the country.
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