just, I would suggest that Judaism rather than Israel is wallpaper in U.S. culture, meaning that it is background to American life. Theater, movies, TV shows, books, comedy, all have a generous dose of stories that are Jewish. I’m convinced this is the reason for the positive feeling Americans have about Israel, regardless of what the country does – they simply associate it with Jews, who are so much a part of American culture (wallpaper) that the good vibes are automatic. If you are a rural American, look no further than the Bible. If you are an urban American then you will hear, “I don’t know anything about Zionism, but my coworker, Bob Weintraub, is a great guy, and so is Ben Goldfarb across the street”. All of this creates the wallpaper.
I wish I had a penny for every reference to the holocaust that I’ve been exposed to in my American life. I would say no month goes by without hearing about it in the arts or in the news. By comparison, stories about what Israel has been doing have been extremely rare, one has to go looking for them. You don’t need to go looking for wallpaper.