The United States government is likely to remain as a strong ally of Israel, following the pronouncement of a ranking official that they will join the fray in its infrastructure boom in the face of the latter’s emerging economic ties with China.
“We have a very important relationship with Israel. This is really a great place for investments, particularly technology investments,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a Jerusalem Post report, adding that they are going to “make sure we do more infrastructure investments here.”
For the past 70 years, the US and Israel governments have maintained strong political, economic, and even on matters on internal security and military affairs despite issues of human rights violations being hurled against them, most especially on the latter’s advances against Palestine.
Their “special” friendship, too, has proven to be expensive with over $118 billion worth of aid that the US has been providing Israel for the past years.
Moreover, their relations have suffered a strain after the US and the Israeli governments had conflicting views on settlements and on Iran during the time of the Obama administration. But their ties was once again renewed under US President Donald Trump, who, despite the backlash, had formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to the Vox. It appears that the US government is unfazed over the reported news of an emerging economic partnership between Israel and China.
An Israel-based online news Haartz.com said that the growing close economic ties of Israel and China might not sit well with the US government, as the “the current administration’s paranoia about China’s moves around the world and fear over losing the trade war to Beijing have pushed events in East Asia to the top of Washington’s agenda.”
BBC reported that the emerging ties between Israel and China may appear to be “unlikely” but the fact is that “a growing number of Israeli firms are entering the Chinese marketplace,” adding that a number of business events have been held annually to forge such partnerships.
Meanwhile, the US government is resolved to maintain their special relations, with offers to further expand its partnership, especially where the high-tech sector is concerned. Giant US tech companies such as Google and Amazon have research and development facilities in Israel.