Being Pro-Israel is in US Interests - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Howard
    • 05.12.09 | 03:56 (IST)

    To those Americans who question support for Israel, I would argue that being pro-Israel is in the national interests of the US. Israel is the only true democracy in the middle east, one that doesn't for example prevent women from driving or from owning property. It is a bulwark against Islamic extremism's encroachment, and in particular is the only remaining serious counterbalance to the power of Iran in the region, now that Iraq has been decimated. As much as I do not favor spilling blood for oil, the reality is that US interests for oil in the region would be seriously damaged were Israel to cease to exist as a vital ally. Israeli intelligence capabilities are bar none and provide essential national security information to the US government. It's a no brainer, Israel's health and safety is directly related to US interests.

    from the article: American Jews eye Obama's 'anti-Israel' appointees
    First published 12:44 04.12.09 | Last updated 15:01 04.12.09
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