That America is a friend of Israel is well known. While this is often explained as owing to an unrepresentative Israel lobby, the underlying explanation is American public opinion. Pro-Israeli feeling is very strong among ordinary Americans, who see in a fellow settler nation a functioning democracy surrounded by hostile undemocratic states. The record of American foreign policy is also clearly far from slavishly pro-Israel and anti-Arab, with America often aiding other nations in the region.
The myth of an all-powerful Israel Lobby
If the notion of an all-powerful Israel lobby dictating American foreign policy ignores the central fact explaining why American policies have so often, though not always, been pro-Israel.