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The U.S. Should Step Back From Its Special Relationship With Israel

The U.S. Should Step Back From Its Special Relationship With Israel

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Israel believes America'€™s special relationship is vital. It is, certainly, to Israel. But what about for the US? Israel has no oil, enemies in many places, and a tendency to defy Washington when it perceives its own interests to be threatened, which is not infrequently. In a zero sum Middle East, does America'€™s coziness with Israel cost us in good will with Muslim world, including those oil-rich Arab states whose dollar holdings come back to the US in the form of investments and loans, which the US economy needs '€“ especially now? But there'€™s an important connection between the US and Israel '€“ that goes deeper than finance or energy convenience. It'€™s a foundation of mutual loyalty and shared values '€“ democracy being only the most obvious. There has also been a history of shared intelligence, military cooperation, and significant cross-fertilization of scientific knowledge. To sacrifice these connections to improve relations with the Arab world would be an act of betrayal '€” of an ally '€” and of what we say we stand for. Should the US consider putting some distance between itself and Israel? Would such a change in policy serve American interests, or is it a move we would come to regret?

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