Those of us who care about Israel are going to be chewing over the results of the most recent election for a long time. We’ll wonder if America’s support for Israel will fail. We’ll wonder if Israel’s enemies will nudge American foreign policy into a posture of appeasement.
There’s a lot of things that we’ll wonder about.
But for all of our worrying, we must never forget that our greatest friend is democracy itself.
Israel cannot afford to have an America that has turned its back on democracy. Israel cannot afford an America that doesn’t listen to the will of the American people.
There are a lot of reasons for that, but the most important one transcends human rights and political philosophy. The most important reason goes right to the hearts of the people themselves.
In almost 20 years, I’ve done more than my fair share of traveling. I’ve seen more people and places than the average American would see in several lifetimes. It’s been a profound privilege, and I hope that the next 20 years will allow me to continue.
Anyway, about those travels. I’ve spent time in European countries and Asian countries. I’ve been to places where English is the mother tongue, and to places where I had to resort to hand waving. And, I’ve met people from every corner of the globe.
But, with only two (or three) exceptions, nowhere have I met anyone, or been anywhere, that comes as close to America as Israel.
I know that this must seem strange to you, but it is (at least to me) still very true.
Of all the peoples that I have run across, very few exhibit the energy and vitality that has made America the place that it is today. Very few have the same passion for democracy. Very few have the same positive outlook and quality of moral character.
The only others that I can point to with those same qualities are Australians and New Zealanders. (And, possibly the U.K.)
The point is this.
Americans may have made a decision that worries those of us who care about Israel. But, they have also acted to preserve those qualities that make America great – and a friend of Israel.