Oil and the Soul of the Nation

Israel has nothing to offer except its apocalyptic arsenal, but even that has no strategic value without the Americans - and their interest is in oil.

Middle Eastern oil is important. It gave us the Balfour Declaration, the oil refineries, the Americans, the expression “the only democracy in the Middle East,” instead of, say, “oil defense installation.” It is oil the American economy needs, or the oil which gives it control over competing economies that need that oil. The story of Israel’s growth parallels the...