“Israel can and would pay for its own defense, regardless.”
Excuse me, but that is an utterly ridiculous idea. Without US aid … money … assistance … interference-running … economic support…Israel would not remotely be able to support the same level of vicious military abuse of its subject peoples.
The US has poured essentially infinite funds into what otherwise would be a tiny economy equivalent to, or smaller than, that of Ireland or New Zealand.
I don’t see other nations entering the breach to provide anything like the same level of crazy support, or Israel being able to support the same level of military waste.
The bullets alone must cost a vast fortune, and Israel isn’t paying for them….
It’s easy for Israelis, or others talking up their claims, to say what big, impressive, mightily wealthy people they are and how they’ll do whatever it takes. It’s quite another thing to have to come up with the money on your own and then keep flushing it down Israel’s toilet of hate.