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Friday, June 13, 2014

US publicly demands Israel, and only Israel, support its foreign policy

From Times of Israel (h/t Ian in yesterday's linkdump):

The United States may be committed to supporting Israel, but that commitment comes with strings attached, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said during a talk in Washington, DC on Wednesday evening.

“America will always maintain our iron-clad commitment to the security of Israel, ensuring that Israel maintains its qualitative military edge and can protect its territory and people,” Rice told attendees at the Center for a New American Security’s annual conference in Washington DC. “Equally, we consistently defend Israel’s legitimacy and security in the UN and other international fora. In turn, we expect Israel to stand and be counted with the US and other partners on core matters of international law and principle, such as Ukraine.”
This is truly unbelievable.

Do you think that Susan Rice says this to any other country? Perhaps that the US supports Canada or Great Britain or Australia but demands that in return they support US policy?

The answer is obviously no. Because outside of Micronesia, no country votes with the US in the UN more than Israel.

Why would the US talk to its most supportive ally in such a disparaging way?

Here are the top ten nations' UN voting records from 2013 as a percentage of coincident votes with the US:

COUNTRY SAME OPPOSITE ABSTAIN ABSENT VOTES
ONLY
Micronesia 61 1 4 17 98.40%
Israel 71 4 8 0 94.70%
Palau 67 4 6 6 94.40%
Canada 71 8 4 0 89.90%
Australia 55 13 15 0 80.90%
France 53 15 15 0 77.90%
Marshall Islands 55 16 2 10 77.50%
United Kingdom 55 16 11 1 77.50%

And other American allies:

COUNTRY SAME OPPOSITE ABSTAIN ABSENT VOTES
ONLY
Italy 50 21 12 0 70.40%
Belgium 49 21 12 1 70.00%
Bulgaria 49 21 13 0 70.00%
Denmark 49 21 13 0 70.00%
Germany 49 21 12 1 70.00%
Spain 48 21 14 0 69.60%
Japan 45 22 16 0 67.20%
Ireland 45 24 13 1 65.20%
New Zealand 46 26 11 0 63.90%
Switzerland 46 27 10 0 63.00%
Turkey 45 28 6 4 61.60%
Mexico 35 42 6 0 45.50%
Philippines 34 46 3 0 42.50%
Singapore 34 47 2 0 42.00%
Jordan 26 45 12 0 36.60%
Pakistan 24 44 13 2 35.30%
United Arab Emirates 25 46 12 0 35.20%
Indonesia 26 48 9 0 35.10%
Bahrain 24 45 14 0 34.80%
Tunisia 25 47 10 1 34.70%
Iraq 24 46 13 0 34.30%
Kuwait 21 46 16 0 31.30%
Qatar 21 46 16 0 31.30%
Oman 21 47 15 0 30.90%
Mauritania 20 45 16 2 30.80%
Yemen 20 45 16 2 30.80%
Nicaragua 22 50 10 1 30.60%
Saudi Arabia 20 47 16 0 29.90%
Egypt 16 48 19 0 25.00%

Of course, there were 18 anti-Israel resolutions in the UNGA in 2013. The US often stands almost alone with Israel on those votes.  But not completely: Canada voted with the US on every one, and still has a lower coincident rating than Israel does.  

Does the US publicly attach strings to its support of any other country that votes more often against the US position than Israel does? Has Rice ever told Egypt or Jordan that billions in US aid are dependent on its supporting US policies? Has the US ever upbraided Britain for voting against the US in the UN? Can you even imagine Rice saying this about Canada or Australia?

If you can find an example where US support for any other ally was considered quid pro quo for that ally supporting US foreign policy, I'd love to see it.