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    • 07.04.10 | 13:41 (IDT)

    Israel had some positive strategic value to the US during the Cold War with the Soviets. At the time, the dictatorships in the region were pro-Soviet, Israel was pro-West, Israeli victory over the Arabs meant victory of Western Weapons over Soviet weapons, and this general framework was used to evaluate the "worth" of countries. We have a completely different geo-political background today. Sovietism has been discredited, and Egypt turned Westward soon after 1973, even before the collapse of the USSR. The US can now look at specific interests in the area, mostly assuring oil supply and diminishing Arab hatred towards it. Is Israel of any help in these matters? Quite the opposite. The Palestinian problem is used as means of recruiting volunteers for al-Qaida. And when Iraq took over Kuwait in 1990 and war ensued, the US had to PAY Israel not to get involved and not to respond to missiles by Saddam that were meant to confuse Arabs and their loyalties. Quite simply, Israel only means strategic trouble for the US. If there is "value" to Israel it is in its shared democratic and humane tradition with the US. If Israel refuses to engage in peace efforts, one wonders how long (I mean "short") it will take for the US to completely remove itself as Israel's "best friend" and Defender in Chief.

    from the article: Israel can't decide its value to the U.S.
    First published 02:07 07.04.10 | Last updated 09:46 07.04.10
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