I was on vacation and didn't get a chance to post this closer to the actual vote, but some of the comments made during the hysterical and overwrought freak-out (is that redundant?) over the US abstaining from the UN resolution on Israeli settlements got me thinking: what would a list of the US's "top" or "most important" allies look like? I wondered this because I recall several comments from political and other leaders that seemed to indicate that Israel was the US's closest friend or most important ally, without including any kind of qualification like "in the Middle East."
Quite frankly I thought that was ridiculous, and I wouldn't even include Israel in the top 5, maybe even in the top 10. They might not even be the most important in the Middle East depending on your POV. So, here is my list of countries I would say are "more important" allies to the US than Israel, and that it's not even close:
Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, South Korea.
Other countries I would place as "more important" than Israel in terms of having good diplomatic relations, but not necessarily in the "ally" category: China, India, before-the-recent-unpleasantness Russia (and maybe even still), Brazil.
Then maybe Israel fits in, along with Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and a lot of the larger remaining NATO countries.
I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but what say you?