It is vital for Israel to have support from the United States of America.  The American-Israeli alliance serves the interests of both countries.  But Israel gains more.  It receives the insurance from the #1 superpower in the world. Military cooperation between the United States and Israel is not a new phenomenon.  It goes back to the days after the Six Day War in 1967.  That is right – after the Six Day War.  The United States did not support Israel with arms beforehand.  It may have offered Israel tacit or moral support – but not arms.  Israel purchased or received arms from France and from other European sources prior to the big war in 1967.

Yom Kippur War

However, by the time Israel faced Egypt and Syria in the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel was already fighting with US weapons.  Richard Nixon decided to ship more US weapons to Israel in the middle of the war.  That was in order to make sure that the Soviet threat to the Middle East and Israel did not succeed via the Egyptian and Syrian armies.  The reason Israel won the war was NOT due to superior weapons.  Of course, the weapons were critical.  But, Israel still had fewer weapons and less soldiers then the enemy armies.  Yet Israel won due to superior generals, colonels, soldiers, and some help from the One Above.  In the South, it was General Ariel Sharon who led the encirclement of the 3rd Egyptian Army.  That was basically a check-mate move that won the south.  In the North, General Moshe Peled reconquered the Southern Golan Heights with a bunch of young tank crews.  In the Northern Golan Heights,  Israel never lost.  Around 7 tank crews, led by Avigdor Kahalani, held off hundreds of Syrian tanks until reinforcements came and Israel pushed back Syrian forces close to Damascus.