U.S. Relations with Arab States Hardly Affected by Its Relationship with Israel

(The Daily) Judith Miller - In "Israel: A Strategic Asset for the United States," Robert Blackwill and Walter Slocombe, two senior national security gurus, conclude that America's close ties to Israel have advanced, not jeopardized, its national security interests. "Since 1973, we can't find a single example of tangible actions by Arab governments for which the U.S. paid a price for its relationship with Israel," Blackwill said. "Would Saudi Arabia's relationship with Washington be different if relations between Washington and Israel went into decline?" "Would they lower the price of oil? Would Riyadh view American democracy promotion in the Middle East more favorably? Would it regard U.S. Afghanistan policy more positively? Our criterion in this report was to check how the Arab governments act; not what they say," Blackwill said.

2011-11-08 00:00:00

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