Given the amount of anti-American violence that’s taken place around the world in recent weeks, this is heartening:
Around 40 people gathered at the US embassy in Tel Aviv at the start of a rally in support of the United States.
Ronen Shoval, founder of the Im Tirzu movement which organized the gathering, said “we are here to support the American people.”
The participants waved US and Israeli flags. One large sign, carried by three people, read: “Israel – America’s Best Friend In The Middle East.”
There are plenty of people in the world, plenty of countries, that will side against the U.S. unthinkingly, whose hatred of the U.S. won’t be swayed by facts or reason. And then there are those people and countries who – though they may on occasion have gripes against specific U.S. policies – will stand by the U.S. in both good times and bad. Israel is such an ally, because the U.S.-Israel alliance is built on, in the words of columnist Jeff Jacoby, a “kinship of common values” that transcends politics.
Here’s to friends who come in when the world goes out.