Answer 1In terms of Israels political ascendancy, this was primarily due to the Israeli governments investment in internal infrastructure and support of the sciences coupled with freedom of speech. This led Israel to have massive economic growth in the 1960s and 1970s, catapulting it into the First World. While it is true that Israel received funding from the Western Nations during this period, it was directed primarily at military acquisition, similar to the aid received by Arab States from the Soviet Union. Therefore, this could not have been what made Israel distinct.It is notable that Israel survived during the Arab-Israeli War of 1948-9 not on account of Western Support (as the United States, United Kingdom, and France all imposed a regional arms embargo), but through Soviet arms delivered by way of Czechoslovakia. Additionally, the United States only assisted Israel in the post-Six Day War period, with Israels primary allies being the United Kingdom and France prior to that point.Answer 2The US aids Israel with funding and equipment.Germany also paid large amounts of war reparations.Israel did NOT get this powerful on its own.If it wasnt for the West, they would probably have been invaded by their neighbors quite fast.