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    • Tony
    • 11.12.09 | 06:12 (IST)

    America's commitment to Israel is a long-term commitment. America recognizes Israel as a legitimate state that believes in human rights, peace, freedom, and democracy. America recognizes Israel's right to exist, and it is well known that if the immediate existence of Israel is threatened, America will do all it can to 'enforce' Israel's right to exist. This is not the kind of policy that comes and goes with a whim - it is a cornerstone of the US foreign policy. It is not something that, these days, is done to 'keep the Jewish vote.' Obama is, in a sense, pro-Israel by default. In America, Jews are our friends and neighbors. But that's not what makes America unconditionally defend Israel's right to exist. For a superpower, legitimacy comes from being able to promote order and stability. Destruction of Israel would prove US impotence and destroy its superpower status. US-Israeli partnership is VITAL to US interests. Obama tries new strategies, the basic US view is unchanged.

    from the article: Poll: More Israelis like Obama, but don't feel he supports them
    First published 15:20 10.12.09 | Last updated 15:44 10.12.09
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