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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The plain truth about Israel

Caroline Glick explains the plain truth about Israel - why an alliance with Israel may be the most important American interest in the world.
The plain truth is that Israel is the US's greatest strategic asset in the Middle East. Indeed, given the strategic importance of the Middle East to the US national security, Israel is arguably the US's greatest strategic asset outside the US military.

Cordesman allows that "Israel is a democracy that shares virtually all of the same values as the United States." But he fails to recognize the strategic implications of that statement. As a democracy, unlike every Arab state, the US does not need to worry a change in leadership in Jerusalem will cause Israel to abandon its alliance with the US. This of course is what happened in Iran - which until 1979, was the US's most important ally in the Persian Gulf. As Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak ages, the US faces the prospect of a post-Mubarak Egypt led by the Muslim Brotherhood similarly abandoning its alliance with America.

The fact that the US and Israel share the same foundational values also guarantees that the alliance is stable. No government in Jerusalem will ever sway the Israeli people away from America as has happened in Turkey since the Islamist Erdogan government took office in 2002.
Does the Obama administration understand Israel's strategic importance to the United States?

Read the whole thing.

The picture is a model of the al-Kibar nuclear power plant in Syria that was destroyed (apparently) by Israel in 2007.


At 2:48 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I think the Obami do understand but they don't care. And Israel gets in the way of being popular with the world.

What could go wrong indeed


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