America and Israel

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In 1948, the United States was the first to recognize Israel as a new state in the United Nations; this quick action on our part shows how important having an ally in the Middle East is for America, and in addition the alliance helped the newly created nation. We had many reasons for continuing this rock-solid friendship, but perhaps the most important is that our values are the same. Israel is very like the United States; it’s the only democratic country in the Middle East, it wants to prevent war, and to gain stability and eventual peace the two recognized the need to work together to meet their mutual goals. Truman, with the Marshall Plan and his many aids and programs created for Israel’s benefit, was the first to not only talk about the ‘have’ and ‘have not’ countries, but also the first to do anything about it (Paul Johnson). During his two term presidency, Truman cemented the United States present values on foreign relations.

The Marshall Plan was created to rebuild the European continent after WWII had left them with famine and economic crises to look forward to. The plan was put into action as almost a side plan of the Truman Doctrine, which was a cold war strategy thought up by President Truman 1947, right before Israel became a nation. Although the Arab countries surrounding Israel were not communist, the United States believed that the fighting against the Israelites, whom we thought were in the right, was against their ideals that would hopefully come about with the Marshall Plan. Thus, by preventing famine and political chaos the United States was working toward political stability and a healthy world economy, which would hopefully help contain communism and promote capitalism and more American thinking, whic...

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