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The One Move Trump Should Make to Actually Defend Israel

Israel’s defense establishment has always been cool to the idea of a defense treaty with America. But a formal pact is now urgent - and strategically vital

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Chuck Freilich
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Chuck Freilich

Between salvos of Hamas rockets, Netanyahu shenanigans and Trump’s antics, you may have missed the really big news, an issue which will have lasting effects on the U.S.- Israel relationship: are the two states now nearer than ever to signing a defense treaty? 

Days before Israel’s (inconclusive) second round of elections in September, President Donald Trump helpfully declared he was discussing the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an act that would "further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries." Lindsey Graham, the influential senator close to Trump, is working to promote the idea. 

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