by Caroline B. Glick
Next time somebody asks you to rethink the American-Israel relationship, have them consider this
In other times, Hearst Newspapers White House Correspondent Helen Thomas's demand that the Jews "get the hell out of
In other times, had the dean of the White House Correspondents Association expressed such hatred for the Jews, the White House would have immediately removed her accreditation rather than wait three days to criticize her.
In other times, the White House Correspondents Association would have expelled her.
In other times, her employer — Hearst Newspapers — would have fired her.
But in our times, it took days for anyone other than Jews and conservatives to condemn Thomas's vile statements to Rabbi David Nesenoff. And she was not fired. She was allowed to retire.
Our times are times of Jew hatred. Our times are times when hatred breeds strategic madness. Our times are times when we need to recall basic truths about
THIS WEEK, Anthony Cordesman from the respected Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies joined the bandwagon of
Indeed, his arguments are completely wrong.
The plain truth is that
Indeed, given the strategic importance of the Middle East to
Cordesman allows that "
The fact that the US and
Cordesman grudgingly allows that
Cordesman also notes that Israeli technology has contributed to US defense, but again, undervalues its significance. The very fact that pilotless aircraft — first developed by Israel — are the lead force in the campaign in Afghanistan and Pakistan gives lie to his tepid admission of Israel's technological contribution to US security.
LIKE MANY on the Left, Cordesman ignores the fact that
But his failure to note that the same people who call for Israel to be destroyed also call for the US to be destroyed does not make this fact any less true. And since the
In many ways,
So too, Israel's June 1982 destruction of Syria's Soviet-made anti-aircraft batteries and the Syrian air force was the first clear demonstration of the absolute superiority of US military technology over Soviet military technology.
Many have argued that it was this demonstration of Soviet technological inferiority that convinced the Reagan administration it was possible to win the Cold War.
Beyond politics and ideology, beyond friendship and values, the
• Ensuring the smooth flow of affordable petroleum products from the region
• Preventing the most radical regimes, substate and non-state actors from acquiring the means to cause catastrophic harm
• Maintaining its capacity to project its power in the region A strong
First, as the first target of the most radical regimes and radical substate actors in the region, it has a permanent, existential interest in preventing these regimes and substate actors from acquiring the means to cause catastrophic harm.
The 1981 IAF strike that destroyed
Far from destabilizing the region, a strong
In stark contrast, if
Although they will never admit it,
Finally, since as the Jewish state
In contrast, the Egyptian-Syrian United Arab Republic of the 1960s was formed to attack
FROM THE US perspective, far from impairing its alliance-making capabilities in the region, by providing military assistance to
But every time the
The Obama administration's willingness to effectively back
The most radical substate actors and regimes are encouraged to strike.
Cordesman claims that
In light of this, the two-state solution as presently constituted is antithetical to
In our times, when Jew hatred has become acceptable and strategic blindness and madness are presented as nuanced sophistication, it is essential to maintain a firm grip on the truth. And that truth is that love the Jews or hate us, the
Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in
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