Photo Credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/FLASH90
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu meets with Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey in Jerusalem, January 20, 2012.

The United States is trading a long-standing, mutually beneficial security relationship for relations that will be less solid (is anything less solid than the US-Egypt relationship AFTER we’ve spend $1.5 billion on it annually since the early 1980s and welcomed its Muslim Brotherhood revolution?); less technologically advantageous to the U.S. (the technology relationship with the Arab/Muslim world flows only one way); and less protective of minority and civil rights (as the Egyptians discover we have no leverage).

General Dempsey is the fall guy for an administration that increasingly holds Israel in contempt before Arab and Muslim countries — which increasingly hold us in contempt.

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Footnotes:

[1] When Major Non-NATO Ally status meant something; now it’s been applied to Afghanistan – laughably suggesting that the Afghan military has something to contribute to the security of NATO.
[2] Actually negotiated by the Bush administration in a 10-year deal.
[3] Negotiated during the Bush administration by now-Senator Mark Kirk.
[4] A tricky concept when the U.S. is selling billions of dollars worth of equipment to countries at war with Israel.
[5] See “Austere Challenge” below.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Shoshana, I follow your logic and conclusions, yet your focus implies that the US can walk away from Israel. This just is not the case and the facts do not bear it out. The US and Israel are linked via governments, science, finance, technology, and military/ anti-terrorism. The separations between them are actually heathy for both sides.

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