The US-Israeli Alliance
Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus at Stanford University. He has written and co-edited twelve books, most recently, Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2016). In 2001-02 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.
The electoral clout of the Zionist lobby can obscure the material and strategic components of the U.S.-Israeli. relationship. Israel’s mode of capital accumulation has shifted from social democratic state-led development to individualistic neoliberal capitalism. Nonetheless, the symbiotic relationship with the United States has endured. After the June 1967 War the relationship deepened into a many-faceted alliance. Beginning in the 1980s, the personnel, technology, finance, and production of the two countries’ hi-tech and military/security industrial sectors became closely intertwined. The Global War on Terror enhanced intelligence, military, and domestic policing collaboration. The United States has stood with Israel against Palestinian rights and maintains warm relations with Arab autocratic regimes because, despite their sometimes significant costs, these relationships have been essential to sustaining a pro-American order in the Middle East.
Keywords: Israel, United States, military aid, Cold War, Global War on Terror