Who’s Got Israel’s Back? A Look at Israel’s Key Allies Around the Globe
Israel is no stranger to conflict, but the Jewish state also has some steadfast friends out there. While things can get heated at the UN, Israel has cultivated close ties with several major powers. Who’s got Israel’s back on the world stage? Let’s review some of the main countries supporting Israel today.
The United States: Israel’s Big Brother
The US and Israel have always been as thick as thieves. America was the first country to recognize Israel way back in 1948. Since then, the US has given Israel over $146 billion in foreign aid, more than any other country. Israel relies heavily on American military equipment and funding.
The US also uses its clout to defend Israel internationally. At the UN, the US often vetoes resolutions critical of Israel. Both Republicans and Democrats voice strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself from groups like Hamas. However, some progressive Democrats are pressing for changes in US policy towards Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Canada: Israel’s Polite Friend to the North
Israel has called Canada one of its “best friends.” And Canada has proven it by consistently defending Israel at the UN over the years. For example, in 2020, Canada strongly opposed the UN’s blacklist of companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Canada also has a large Jewish population that’s cultivated close cultural ties with Israel. Over 350,000 Israeli-Canadians live in Canada today. And Canada trades over $1.5 billion annually with Israel. While not always vocal, Canada’s got Israel’s back where it counts.
The United Kingdom: Israel’s Ally Across the Pond
The UK and Israel haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. But since the 1980s, the Brits have become a staunch supporter of Israel in Europe. The UK stands with Israel against anti-Israel resolutions at the UN and other organizations.
Plus, Israel and the UK cooperate closely on intelligence, cybersecurity, and military technology. The UK also has the largest Jewish…