Learning from the American Experience
- Have superior firepower. Israel's military is pretty boffo.
- Have nuclear weapons when your opponents do not. Destroy any chance that opponents will develop them (Syria/Iraq bombing strikes).
- Intertwine technology with the dominant tech power. The US signed agreements that allowed British tech to be
- Invest massively in R&D, sciences and technology.
- Air power is the key to victory.
- The cutting edge of technology can be the difference on the battlefield.
- Like US-UK relations in WW2, it is sometimes hard to tell who is the senior and who is the junior partner.
Learning from the Soviet Experience
- Helps to have American Senators, academics and media pundits as spokesmen for your survival and existence.
- Receive recognition and aid from America.
- Spy on your biggest patron and ally.
- Because your bond is religion (like communism), take advantage of that identity being the superior layer to the national identity so that spies can be pulled from any country and walk freely for years.
- Create an ideological sympathy point for anyone to rally around. Check out Christian TV stations to see ads about donating to homeless Jews in Israel and hear a constant message of Jews being guardians of Christian holy sites.
- Hollywood can help with favorable output. How many Holocaust movies can they make to remind everyone of the horrible, terrible "only ever happened to the Jews" Holocaust to maintain that Jews are the ultimate victims? There have been multiple versions of the story of the Russian Jewish Army soldier who was sent to a concentration camp, and then orchestrated and pushed for an escape. There have been multiple versions of the Israeli Mossad guys going after the Munich hostage terrorists story. I'd even throw in Ben-Hur. World War Z qualifies here as well. With regards to the Holocaust movie market, the movies always center around the Jews in the Holocaust and rarely, if ever, about the other ethnicities that were persecuted, killed and in the case of the gypsies, nearly wiped out. It's nearly always, if not always, just Jewish victims.
Learning from the German Experience
- The idea of religious and ethnic solidarity being tied to the state.
- Conscription to defend against the 'other'.
- Enforcing immigration laws to keep Israel Jewish.
- Use of medical regulations and technology to maintain Jewish genetic purity.
- Using the social system to encourage more Jewish births.
- Pulling in Jews from other nations to boost numbers (refuseniks from Russia).
- Unlike the Germans, they have a basic understanding of America.
- I'm not saying Israel = Nazi Germany, I'm saying that they apply the machinery of their government for their citizens and the Jewish identity that they hold dear.
I'm not saying they are the best run nation on the planet, but they learned quite a few lessons from the different combatants in WW2. I can't name another country that pulls together this many pieces. China comes close, but China's military investments have been a slow buildup as the military was a money making entrepreneurial expedition until recently. Outside of Tom Friedman and occasional guest Ny Times op-eds, China does not inspire the Sinophile devotion that one can see in everyday Americans who are pro-Israel. America watches presidential debates where, regardless of party, the next US president loves Israel!