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Israel Must Learn Taiwan Lesson and Grow Up

It's time to diversify.
America is in the habit of betraying its "eternal" friends. Ask Taiwan…

America is in the habit of betraying its "eternal" friends. Ask Taiwan…

Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests. Paraphrasing Lord Palmerston (Henry John Temple)

While Israel and the United States share some common, fundamental values, in reality, they have very different interests.

The most basic example is the Middle East.

America’s first priority in the region is to keep the oil flowing, and reduce reliance on any single country for that resource.

Israel’s top priority is survival.

Iran is the best example of where these differences come to a head.

Israel is rightfully worried that Iran wants to commit nuclear genocide against it. America, on the other hand, is not overly concerned about an Iranian attack, but would definitely like to see Iranian oil flowing into the U.S., while keeping Iran out of Russian hands.

It fits well into an American Middle East strategy, that Iran, whatever its regime, would have a working relationship with the U.S.

That doesn’t mean that the U.S. would destroy Israel to satisfy Iran, but the it has no problem with Israel paying a price in exchange for Iran’s friendship.

Think Jimmy Carter, China and Taiwan. Back in 1979, Carter switched his allegiance from Taiwan to the People’s Republic, practically overnight. It’s what superpowers do.

This leaves Israel in a dilemma.

Iran will get nuclear missiles, because it plans to get them – at all costs. The U.S. wants a rapprochement with Iran, and a few nuclear bombs aren’t going to stand in the way of that. Israel attacking Iran, on the other hand, would.

Israel doesn’t have too many initial options here.

Israel can pressure the U.S. Congress to try to reduce the size of the bus Israel gets pushed under. Israel can attack Iran alone, and pray that it’s strong enough, and be prepared to endure the consequences it will face from the U.S. and from an Iranian retaliation. Or Israel can keep its mouth shut, ride out the Obama storm, and be prepared to eventually face off with a nuclear Iran, with expansionist goals, protecting its proxies on Israel’s border with its nuclear umbrella.

There is another option that Israel can take.

Israel can grow up, and cut the American umbilical cord.

Israel needs to diversify.

It needs to go out and begin building better and deeper relationships with other strong countries – Russia included. It doesn’t need to cut its ties with the US, but it does need to end its complete reliance on the US, because Israel’s interests and US interests are not the same.

It doesn’t need to be big moves either. Simply buying some military from Russia would give Israel customer (not client) status, and that would change all the relationships. The US would also be faced with a choice, and pushing Israel under the bus would have consequences for the US in return.

Israel could then play those relationships off one another, just like the big boys do.

The U.S. had been holding back parts of Israel’s economy, specifically that of the military industry. Israel can begin selling its systems that compete with the US’s military industry. It’s well known that Israel’s war tech is superior, and selling a few major systems would do well for the Israeli economy.

And finally, Israel can apply Israeli law over Area C, and unilaterally declare that the price for a nuclear Iran, is an Israel with borders that we believe are needed for our protection, as well are historically and legally ours. The Arabs in Areas A are free to run their government and live their lives however they want, as long as they don’t attack us or attempt to harm us in any way.

Taiwan manages to thrive and grow, despite the Chinese shadow, and its president being persona non grata in Washington (even if it is now trying to build a relationship with China)

Israel has a lot more going for it than Taiwan.

A little growing up, and a little diversity never hurt anyone.

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13 Responses to “Israel Must Learn Taiwan Lesson and Grow Up”

  1. this is an astute opinion for Israel

  2. Nice Guy says:

    years ago an Israeli inventor thought he'd be a billionaire…he invented a way to make Uranium 30% stronger by making it more stable…result was it lasted and worked 30% better and did everything the regular uranium did (but BETTER…30% better so it was 30percent cheaper to use) but…it would NOT explode…you could NOT make an atom bomb out of it….that was the difference would NOT explode….so what happened…he was Unable to get anyone interested and he remained a poor man with no money…..I suggest that you use every research brain you know of to search and find the patent/the man/ the way to get and or make that uranium and then we give it as present for free to iran if they destroy their present nuclear system

  3. Walter Richards says:

    While in theory I agree Settler's contention, the reality is that Israel has
    nothing much to offer when weighed against Arab oil and the huge
    number of moslems in the world. What would israel offer that could induce
    a major power to risk Moslem anger? True, israel does have technical savvy
    but is that enough for major power to favor Israel?
    Obama is the the most hostile president to Israel, but other presidents
    weren't all that friendly to israel either and were certainly less than a hundred percent sympathetic to Israels security goals. If America equivocates in its support how is any other country going to be more supportive?

    One can't grow up if there is no place to grow

  4. Benny Gamal says:

    Wow, Joe The Settler … I want what you're smoking!
    Don't worry that herb should mellow out a bit in about a hour and you should stop hallucinating and just feel relaxed. Israel needs USA and USA needs Israel…as Bruce Hornsby sings…"that's just the way it is"!

  5. Shi Yuehan says:

    That's crazy, would never happen, Jimmy Carter isn't in the White House….oh, never mind.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yes Israel has to release his ties with US, I don't understand why Israel about over 10 years is worry about a Iran's nuclear bomb, the idea came from a neurotic Netanyahu to confuse every body, but never said about nuclear Pakistan, Pakistan is more dangerous than Iran.

  7. Gil Gilman says:

    Some of this is mere dream especially the aspect of how well strategically these ideas would play out. However, no one likes being a vassal state, though there is plenty of history for that in Israel. The entire middle east is receiving money from the U. S. Treasury, but you don't see Egypt, or any of the other players e.g. Abbas kowtowing to Uncle Sam without opprobrium.

  8. Yechiel Baum says:

    Jews are always betrayed by the non-Jews

  9. Israel, wake up and focus on God your Creator. He loves you.

  10. Israel, wake up and focus on God your Creator. He loves you.

  11. Myriam Obadia says:

    I have been thinking along these lines fora while now. We do need to emancipate ourselves from the US. If we need to make the painful decision to forgo the US budgeted help, so be it. We are, after all, able to stand on our own as we have proven in the past, when France betrayed us mere days before the 6 days war.

  12. Myriam Obadia says:

    One doesn't conflict with the other, on the contrary. We pray daily not to depend on the generosity of other men, but on G-d's blessings alone. Emancipating ourselves from the tutorship of the USA would indeed do just that.

  13. Lisa Atwill says:

    The truth is, the Zionist so-called Jews living in Israel have betrayed their faith, their God. For them to even step foot on Israeli soil is blasphemous, it goes against the true faith of Judaism. It's ironic you now speak of the USA BETRAYING ISRAEL. What goes around.

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