"But it is clear that Israeli subservience to American demands does not strengthen Israel's image in the eyes of its enemies and in the capitals of Europe and Asia." I did not see any evidence in the article for this claim. Judging from the only example given, there was no evidence that Israeli image in China was weakened or strengthened after the aircraft deal was called off. Could it be that the opposite is true and Israel's image is actually strengthened by its close association with the US? I think maybe it has the image of a Western country rather than a Middle Eastern country in part because it is so close to the US. Perhaps it has the image of a strong democracy in part for that reason as well. There are disadvantages to listening to orders from Washington but I'm not sure that the issue of image is one of them; maybe it is a bigger issue for Israel's self-image or Israeli image in America, but not necessarily in Europe/Asia. And there are advantages to listening to Washington as well.
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