False reason for additional aid, which will not achieve the stated goals (see #31) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    "Israel is a vital ally and a cornerstone of our regional security commitments" - Shapiro This is a false assessment. Here is an assessment from a national security expert, not a diplomatic expert: "America’s ties to Israel are NOT based primarily on U.S. strategic interests. At the best of times, an Israeli government that pursues the path to peace provides some intelligence, some minor advances in military technology, and a potential source of stabilizing military power that could help Arab states like Jordan. Even then, however, any actual Israeli military intervention in an Arab state could prove as destabilizing as beneficial.. Israel should show enough discretion to reflect the fact that it is a TERTIERY U.S. strategic interest in a complex and demanding world.. Israel’s government should act on the understanding that the long-term nature of the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship will depend on Israel clearly and actively seeking peace with the Palestinians—the kind of peace that is in Israel’s own strategic interests. Israelis should understand that the United States opposes expansion and retention of its settlements and its efforts to push Palestinians out of greater Jerusalem. Israeli governments should plan Israeli military actions that make it clear that Israel will use force only to the level actually required, that carefully consider humanitarian issues from the start, and that have a clear post-combat plan of action to limit the political and strategic impact of its use of force." - Anthony Cordesman (2 June 2010) csis.org/publication/israel-strategic-liability

    from the article: U.S. official: More U.S. aid will help Israel make 'tough' decisions
    First published 19:10 16.07.10 | Last updated 19:10 16.07.10
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