American Relations With Israel

Since well before 1900, American resources have poured into the Zionist project. First as contributions from private citizens, and since the inception of the state of Israel in 1948, as both private contributions and government subsidies.

Meanwhile, those who support Israel have not only developed powerful lobbying organizations to ensure that Israel continues to have special privileges and resources, but also occupy key positions in the U.S. government, changing both the American political landscape and the relationship between the United States and the Arab world.


In a 1987 article, Andrew Killgore told how Israel's supporters in the United States government can formulate policies and initiate actions that are in Israel's interest but not in America's interest.

In 1987, Robert Hazo argued that American and Israeli interests were fundamentally incompatible, and declared that there was a pattern of Israeli behavior dedicated to creating hostility between the United States and the Arab world. He suggested that Israel's ultimate goal was to become the only U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Chris Hedges, examines Israel's costs to the United States, and its negative impact on our political process and our strategic interests.

Richard Curtiss traced the origins of the Iran-Contra scandal, and suggested that Israel's ability to induce people like Oliver North to become involved in schemes that benefit Israeli, but not American interests, might imply Israel's ability to induce Arabs to take part in schemes that benefit Israel to the detriment of the Arab world and the United States.