OP, did you know that there's plenty of room in the content area - you didn't have to put half of the post in the title. Just saying.
As for Israel, we should remember that in many ways it is not it's own country. Technically it may be but without the efforts of the United States,
there would be no Israel as we know it today. We know how the United States lords over a sort of unofficial empire - there are a lot of missing stars
on our flag, so to speak. So to answer the question, the U.S. protects it because it considers Israel an extended piece of land.
The supposed kowtowing that many are speaking of can more than likely be understood as respect for tradition - they bow, pray, follow the customs
while in their company as a sign of respect. The same is done in many other countries, it creates less of a separation between cultures and allows for
closer negotiating. Diplomacy 101.
I will say, however, that complaints of antisemitism are a bit superfluous - such as situations where a single individual is attacked for the quality
of their character and they play the bigotry card. I don't doubt that there are people out there that don't know the difference between Israel and
Judaism but are there enough of them to justify this topic? That remains to be seen.
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