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Friday, July 14, 2017

The importance of the United States to Israel's national security cannot be overstated.

Washington is usually the first, and often the sole, port of call for strategic consultation – almost always the foremost one, and inevitably the primary means of addressing the challenges Israel faces.

America is the be-all and end-all of most policy deliberations in Israeli national-security decision-making forums.

Some four decades into this "special relationship," the price of a truly remarkable partnership has been a significant loss of Israeli independence.

Indeed, Israel's dependence on the US has become so deep that it is questionable whether the country could even survive today without it.

For Americans and Israelis alike, these are controversial assertions. Many Americans are critical of what they perceive to be ongoing Israeli disregard for US policy preferences, and even acts of defiance, despite an entirely asymmetric relationship and vast American aid.

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This is particularly true at a time when Israel is led by a hardline government.

Israelis, for their part, do not wish to be this dependent on a foreign power, even one as friendly and well meaning towards Israel as the US, and they view Israel's ongoing freedom of decision and manoeuvre as vital to its national security.

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Interesting albeit very lengthy analysis. Takes a fairly neutral view on the issues raised. (Here's a novel suggestion: Read the article before commenting.)

#1 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-07-14 02:40 PM | Reply

Without crimes against humanity. not very long.

#2 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-07-14 02:58 PM | Reply

#1

Great article, I agree with it's ultimate conclusion:

Desperate times call for desperate measures and, in extremis, Israel might be able to "tough it out," virtually alone, in a globalized world. Israel survived, even thrived, without significant US support during its early decades; the strategic circumstances it faces today, though still severe, are far better; and it is far stronger militarily and economically.

Perhaps it could survive. There is no doubt, however, that this would be, at a bare minimum, an infinitely tougher existence, far less secure and much poorer – an existence no one in Israel, including the right, wishes to return to. In realistic political terms, it would be almost impossible.


#2

Learn something about the Arab/Israeli conflict (by perhaps taking Moder8's suggestion that you actually read the article) before popping off.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-14 03:24 PM | Reply

If the Palestinians would leave them alone, maybe they could get more trade in.

Israel could take care of itself without the U.S.

Look at the 6 day war, they did it alone. I know you liberals hate to hear that. The Israelis are decisive. They will hit you and worry about your feelings later.

#4 | Posted by boaz at 2017-07-14 03:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Look at the 6 day war, they did it alone.

Really? I had no idea that M50 and M51 Shermans or the Mirage fighter were Israeli or the millions in US aid to purchase it.

hey will hit you and worry about your feelings later.

Exactly what happened with the USS Liberty.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-07-14 03:44 PM | Reply

Really? I had no idea

Should have ended it there: The M50s and 51s were surplus, France sold them the Mirages on credit and US aid to Isreal in 1967 was $7M, most of which came after the 6 Day War, MERIP: US Aid to Israel.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-07-14 05:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Israel has 200+ nukes. What does it need us for?

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-07-14 05:13 PM | Reply

Nukes are only defensive if you don't use them. A handful of purchased nukes would erase Israel.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2017-07-14 11:10 PM | Reply

A quick google shows that between 1997 and 2005 US taxpayers donated $10 Billion to US defense contractors to provide arms to Israel.

That's a lot of jobs. High paying, American jobs.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-07-14 11:23 PM | Reply

A handful of purchased nukes would erase Israel.

That would be horrible for Muslims. Israel would probably strike out after every one of it's enemies. Israel would strike for keeps. As they should.

#10 | Posted by boaz at 2017-07-16 10:30 AM | Reply

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That is the point of MAD. Nukes are a deterrent against nukes only if you don't use them. No one wins a nuclear war.

#11 | Posted by bored at 2017-07-16 11:01 AM | Reply

Israeli cyberwarfare is perhaps the best in the world.

I would imagine any attack on them by any country would have a devastating impact on that countries ability to survive.

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-07-16 11:54 AM | Reply

Nukes are a deterrent against nukes only if you don't use them. No one wins a nuclear war.
#11 | POSTED BY BORED

I disagree ... there are plenty of scenarios where Nuke usage has been determined to be advantageous.

Finally, I don't believe Islamic Radicals care, if they had a nuke I would expect them to use it, which makes the MAD strategy a poor one.

#13 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-07-16 11:57 AM | Reply

"I disagree ... there are plenty of scenarios where Nuke usage has been determined to be advantageous."

OMG! Why don't you do us all a favor and give us a few examples.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-16 12:24 PM | Reply

"Finally, I don't believe Islamic Radicals care, if they had a nuke I would expect them to use it, which makes the MAD strategy a poor one."

I do agree with you there but since the Islamic Radicals are not "a nation" but instead are intermingled into many nations, I don't see how a nuclear bomb would have much of an affect on them but it would kill millions who aren't even aligned with their movement.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-16 12:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

^^^Considering what is being done to them; essentially a open-air prison.

Who would blame them?

Well maybe the west.

#16 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-07-16 05:54 PM | Reply

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