04.10.2011 07.Cheschwan. 5772
Veteran foreign policy practitioners argue that while the US-Israel relationship should continue to be grounded in ‘values, morality' Israel provides significant benefits to US.
Israel is a small country in a strategically vital – and increasingly inhospitable – region of the world. It is not surprising that doubts over the wisdom of the United States’ close relationship with Israel periodically surface. Such concerns may emerge even more frequently as the Middle East passes through a period of great political volatility and change. As we consider the justifications for strong US support of Israel in the current context, this essay argues that in addition to powerful reasons of values and morality, the Jewish state provides significant benefits to the United States and its national interests….