“Whatever the motivations, a formal mutual defense pact between US and Israel will end up being a distinct liability for both”

A Formal US-Israeli Defense Pact Is Still A Bad Idea
by Ilan Berman
September 19, 2019

The question of whether the United States and Israel should sign a formal mutual defense pact is a recurring theme in relations between the two countries. It came up again in the run-up to this week’s tumultuous elections as a result of public advocacy on the part of Washington and behind-the-scenes encouragement from Jerusalem. The motivation on both sides is understandable; the US wants to demonstrate its enduring commitment to Israeli security, while the Israeli government is eager to capitalize on the pro-Israeli attitudes of the Trump administration…READ MORE

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