Saturday, June 7, 2008

LBJ and Israel


I know that many will find this surprising, but for its first two decades Israel didn't get any sort of financial or military support from the United States. Israel had a small arms industry and bought what it couldn't produce, mainly from Europe or more complicated ways.

The United Nations had "peace keeping forced" to "protect us," or more precisely, to prevent war, but in May of 1967, when Egypt's Nasser told them to "scoot," they did, no protests, no conditions. They weren't going to endanger their lives to protect Israel.

When we won the Six Days War, we really did it totally on our own. Lyndon Baines Johnson was the US President, and he was the first to improve the relationship between the US and Israel.

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