The Tragedy of Israeli Dependency - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ari
    • 09.11.09 | 02:57 (IST)

    What a mistake it was, short years ago, for Israel to cancel its arms deals with China because of US coercion. Israel would then have had a balanced, diversified foreign policy, just like so many other countries, in East Asia and beyond, do. Israel votes with the US in the UN more than any other country; no wonder why so many of the other great powers vote against Israel. They challenge Israel out of ANTI-US motives, not anti-Israeli, seeing Israel as America's outpost. If Israel would have persisted in selling arms to China, I wonder if Israel would be in the crisis it is in today. China is a far better and stronger ally than India (which stabbed Israel in the back by its UN vote on Goldstone), and China would value an Israel relationship much more than the US does. Imagine if Israel were to 'soft balance' against the US by cultivating closer ties with the Shanghai CO alliance! Then Israel would have the geopolitical leverage to withstand US pressure in this pressing time.

    from the article: Does Obama delay in scheduling Netanyahu meet point to crisis?
    First published 00:57 09.11.09 | Last updated 09:57 09.11.09
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