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Rasmussen: 59% of Americans Prepared to Support Israel Militarily if Attacked

Canada, UK, Israel Lead American’s Lists of Top Allies

As a Canadian & an Israeli I’m feeling pretty gratified by strong numbers coming out of Rasmussen polling in the USA. Americans to the tune of  86% consider Canada America’s number one ally, and over 70% of Americans rally to the cry that Canada should be defended by Old Glory if attacked. The UK runs in second place neck in neck with the Canucks..

Surprise! Following just behind those two obvious and cherished US friends according to Americans?

Israel on both counts.

70% of Americans polled rated Israel as an American ally, number three on the list. In contrast, the top Arab country rated was Egypt and only 39% of Americans consider Mubarak’s country an ally. In the event of conflict, 59% of Americans polled respond that their ally Israel should be assisted militarily. 8% of Americans polled rated Israel as an enemy of the USA, 16% said neither an enemy or a friend.

Only 5 countries in the world made the list of nations the majority of Americans are prepared to support militarily if attacked. Mexico was virtually tied with Israel in 3rd. Two of the five clearly share more than just friendships, they share a common large expansive border.

The feeling is mutual

Overall, one can say these feelings a more than mutual. Clearly any polling done in Israel will reveal that Israelis consider the USA & Americans as their best friends. On the military front, Israel in both Gulf War conflicts and after 9/11 was prepared & offered military assistance if desired. That being beyond the normal ongoing intelligence & covert means we do not read about between strategic allies, and strategic basing & assets the US already holds within Israel.

Growing Support:

In May 49% of Americans were prepared to assist Israel militarily. These latest numbers are up a whopping 10%, clearly in response to the Iranian threat. In Israel itself, 85% of Israelis polled support Israeli military action to prevent Iranian nuclear weapons, and 92% of Israeli Jews are prepared to ‘engage in military battle’.

Cost of Living: Israel Leads the World in Per Capita Defense Spending

Pound for Pound – US Aid constitutes less than 1/4 of Israeli Military expenditures..

Much is often made of the US military aid Israel receives, chiefly from Arabists and leftists who oppose all aid to Israel regardless if it is military, or economic as was previously the case. Israel and the US began phasing out all economic based aid starting in the last Netanyahu administration, quite a few years ago. Today, the USA sends Israel approx 3 billion dollars per annum in military aid, of that number 80% of the dollars must be spent with US companies which in effect provides stimulus for both Israel and the US, with the bulk of those billions going back to US military contractors and US based jobs.

As a function of Israel’s GDP, this aid constitutes a small percentage (I think the figure is 2 0r 3%) of Israel’s economic output, and as evidenced by the Economist, Israel does plenty of much needed spending all by itself as well..

Israel was the top defense spender relative to its population in 2008, with the government shelling out more than $2,300 per person, over $300 more than the US, which boasts the second largest ratio, the Economist reported on Monday. According to the report, Israel’s total defense expenditure was $16.2 billion for the year.

The US is by far the largest overall defense spender, with expenses running to some $607 billion, 41.5 percent of the $1.46 trillion spent on defense needs worldwide in 2008.

China emerged as a growing military spender, increasing its expenditure by 10% in 2008 to $85 billion to overtake other countries and become the second-largest global spender behind the US.  Saudi Arabia and the oil rich states of the Gulf also increased their outlay, with the Saudis spending $38.2 billion, which is sixth in terms of population and ninth overall

The bulk of Israel’s expenditures come out of Israel’s economy, and not US Aid as is commonly envisioned by detractors. Despite the world leading per capita figures in Israel, the Saudis outspent us by 2 to 1..  So peace is clearly just around the bend, which must be why the Saudis are calling for the USA to terminate military aid to Israel entirely in order to help out their Palestinian ‘friends’.