Wednesday, June 03, 2009


The "existential threat" to Israel

If you listen to Israeli leaders, or American politicians, Iran is an "existential threat" to Israel. Even Hamas rockets are so described. Israeli peace activist and writer Gideon Levy sets the record straight:
Israel's only real existential danger is losing U.S. support. Yes, there is no Israel without America - not only the $30 billion annual defense aid (without which the IDF would be a shadow of itself), or the market for one-third of Israeli exports, but also international support. Israel, which has become a leper in many circles, is lost without Washington's sponsorship. There is no alternative superpower - having Micronesia alone on our side at the UN will not get us very far.

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