"Remember, it takes one shake-up in the U.S.(e.g., the congress and president no longer finding Israel as a vital/strategic asset) for Israel to lose its appeal.".....But what would it take for the "shake up" you describe to actually occur?.....I'll tell you. If the Arab world was to embrace democracy,(not just elections) and utterly defeat its wahabiis and fundamentalists and seek moderate solutions to all internal and external problems facing the Arab/Muslim world, then a shake up is what you would see. If these seem rather unrealistic propositions, then you will understand that it is equally unrealistic to dream about American abandonment of Israel. Until theses things occur Israel and the US are like siamese twins, locked in a symbiotic relationship. 'til death do us part! Of course, if the incredible circumstances I describe above were to come to pass, then Israel would indeed seem of less strategic importance to the US, and rightly so. However under such an Alice in Wonderland scenario, Israel would no longer need the massive support it gets from the US, as it would be at peace with its Arab neighbours and the whole region engaged in an expansion of trade and wealth creation. This highlights the need for modernization and reform in the Mid East, for active US involvement in this process and in the meantime, for the continuation and enhancement of Israel's relationship with their natural allies....the USofA.
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