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Those who argue, therefore, that America should distance itself from Israel are actually encouraging the de-stabilization of the Middle East. This is a dynamic that is not in the interests of the USA, nor of Israel, nor of the Middle East. It serves the interests only of those Arab and other Muslim leaders who seek the destruction of Israel and the genocide of its Jews. Those who argue that America should distance itself from Israel are supporting, knowingly or not, the next great holocaust of Jews.
The third principle derives from the second, and was first enunciated by Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, a 3rd century roman military historian: si vis pacem, para bellum (if you want peace, prepare for war). This principle is rather self-evident; if you are not the “strong horse” you invite aggression; but it seems to have fallen out of favor in our post-Cold-War national consciousness.
It is important to understand that the Muslim forces with which we are currently at war (our misleadingly named “war against terror”) do not hate us for what we do, or have done. They hate us for what we are: successful, powerful, rich, democratic, a magnet to their own people who flock to our shores by the tens of thousands, and not Muslim. Their animus cannot be bought off with largesse or kindly gestures. If we want peace, we must either defeat our enemies utterly, or be so strong, so well prepared to defeat aggression, so committed to our ideals and so stalwart with our allies that we are the unmistakably strongest horse on the global scene.
Far from being a liability, America’s alliance with Israel is a major asset in the current war. This alliance, the “special relationship,” contributes enormously to American power, and assists us in projecting an image of strength and impregnability to those who seek our fall.
It is with this in mind that fifty American generals publicly proclaimed the following on April 2, 2010:
We, the undersigned, have traveled to Israel over the years with The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). We brought with us our decades of military experience and, following unrestricted access to Israel’s civilian and military leaders, came away with the unswerving belief that the security of the State of Israel is a matter of great importance to the United States and its policy in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. A strong, secure Israel is an asset upon which American military planners and political leaders can rely. Israel is a democracy – a rare and precious commodity in the region – and Israel shares our commitment to freedom, personal liberty and rule of law.
Throughout our travels and our talks, the determination of Israelis to protect their country and to pursue a fair and workable peace with their neighbors was clearly articulated. Thus we view the current tension between the United States and Israel with dismay and grave concern that political differences may be allowed to outweigh our larger mutual interests.
As American defense professionals, we view events in the Middle East through the prism of American security interests.
The United States and Israel established security cooperation during the Cold War, and today the two countries face the common threat of terrorism by those who fear freedom and liberty. Historically close cooperation between the United States. and Israel at all levels including the IDF, military research and development, shared intelligence and bilateral military training exercises enhances the security of both countries. American police and law enforcement officials have reaped the benefit of close cooperation with Israeli professionals in the areas of domestic counter-terrorism practices and first response to terrorist attacks.
Israel and the United States are drawn together by shared values and shared threats to our well-being.
The proliferation of weapons and nuclear technology across the Middle East and Asia, and the ballistic missile technology to deliver systems across wide areas require cooperation in intelligence, technology and security policy. Terrorism, as well as the origins of financing, training and executing terrorist acts, need to be addressed multilaterally when possible. The dissemination of hatred and support of terrorism by violent extremists in the name of Islam, whether state or non-state actors, must be addressed as a threat to global peace.
In the Middle East, a volatile region so vital to U.S. interests, it would be foolish to disengage – or denigrate – an ally such as Israel.
Those who argue for an end to the special relationship not only aid and abet in Israel’s destruction, they undermine American power and deterrence as well.
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