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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Keeping the US on the side of Israel

In Ynet, Dov Wiesglass writes that Israel must find a way to keep the US on Israel's side. That is important, but it  is dangerous  to mortgage the existence of Israel to the foreign policy of a country that we cannot control. It is more important to find ways to get the world on our side, and to make ourselves independent of the foreign policy of any one country. Weisglass wrote:
Israel must therefore immediately undertake a thorough examination of the American motives for support: We should look at which components of this support are out of date and which can be rehabilitated or boosted.

The Holocaust of European Jewry, for example, served in the past as a powerful basis for the national demands of the survivors, yet the dozens of years that have passed since then have weakened the weight of this component considerably. Israel's location and status during the Cold War, as a Western outpost in the heart of the Soviet sphere of influence, is another motive that has faded away.
The Jewish community, whose immense contribution to shaping the essential American support is unquestionable, is not growing, and it is  doubtful whether it will keep investing in Israel as it does today. Intermarriage and the complete and successful integration into American life, and the process of distancing, in generational terms, from the historic origins of Jewish existence all serve to shape political support patterns for a candidate or party that are premised on general considerations, which have nothing to do with the "Israeli" position.
The Holocaust should never have been a motive for support, and the imperialist game in the Middle East is never at an ened. History did not stop when the USSR broke up.

Ami Isseroff

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