Dr Hanan Chehata and Samira Quraishy
A mere eleven minutes after Israel declared its independence in 1948, US President Harry Truman recognised the newly created state. That instantaneous public support has never really wavered and ever since then the two countries have shared a “special relationship”, one that is unlike any other. America has stood by Israel through thick and thin; right or wrong; supporting it on all fronts: financially, politically, diplomatically and militarily. However, many observers have for a long time now believed that this has become a toxic association, whereby America’s entrenched and unwavering support for Israel is actually doing the United States more harm than good. In 2003 the European Commission conducted a poll across Europe in which 59% of those interviewed said they felt that Israel, America’s staunchest ally, was in fact the greatest threat to world peace.