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Political Analysis and Commentary
on Israeli and Jewish Affairs

"For Zion's sake I shall not hold my peace, And for Jerusalem's sake I shall not rest."



IT\'S AMERICAN INTERESTS, STUPID!
Yoram Ettinger,
"The Jewish Press" New York weekly - May 7, 2008

Recent congressional hearings about the destruction, by Israel\'s air force,
of a Syrian-North Korean nuclear facility, has shed light on the
mutually-beneficial nature of US-Israel relations. The Spetember 2007
Israeli military operation in Syria has dealt a setback to the Syria-North
Korea-Iran-Hizballah axis, while advancing US and Israeli interests. It has
bolstered US posture of deterrence, has extended US\' strategic arm and has
provided the US with vital information to penetrate Russian air defense
systems, which are also employed by Iran. It has refuted the claim that
US-Israel relations have been shaped by political expediency.
 
Former Secretary of State and NATO Supreme Commander, General (ret.) AlHaig refers to Israel as the largest, cost-effective, combat-experienced US
aircraft carrier that does not require US personnel, cannot be sunk and is
located in a most critical region for US national security interests.
In 1967, Israel defeated the pro-Soviet Egypt-Syria axis, which intended to
topple pro-US conservative oil-producing Arab regimes. In 1970, Israel
forced the rollback of a pro-Soviet Syrian invasion of pro-US Jordan,
preventing a pro-Soviet "Domino Effect" into the Persian Gulf. The
1976,"Jonathan (Entebbe) Operation" inspired the US war on global
terrorism. In 1982, Israel destroyed Syrian-operated Soviet surface-to-air
missile batteries, which were considered impregnable. Israel\'s battle tactics and technologies were shared with the US, thus tilting the global balance of
military and technological power in favor of the US.
 
In 1981, Israel destroyed Iraq\'s nuclear reactor, providing the US with a conventional option in 1991 and 2003, preventing a mega-billion dollar mega-casualties
nuclear war. In 2007, Israel shares with the US its unique experience of
combating Palestinian and Hizballah terrorism, which are the role model of
anti-US Islamic terrorism. An Israel-like ally in the Persian Gulf would
have spared the need to dispatch US troops to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and
Iraq.
 
While the Win-Win US-Israel relationship has provided Israel with
indispensable critical support, it has enhanced US national and homeland
security, improving US intelligence-gathering, extending US deployment and
deterrence capabilities, providing the US with breakthrough commercial and
defense technologies, expanding US employment, research & development and
export and upgrading US healthcare and standard of living. Israel is a net
producer - not a net consumer - of national security.
During a March 15, 2007 Congressional testimony, General Bantz Craddock, Commander of US European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, stated:

"Israel is a critical military partner in this difficult seam of the Middle
East... Israel is the US\' closest ally. It supports our interests through
security cooperation and understanding of US policy in the region."
During a May 10, 2006 Senate hearing, Lieutenant General Henry Trey
Obering, Director of the US Missile Defense Agency, testified that Israel
has been "The US has learned much from working collaboratively with the
Israelis. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Israel\'s Arrow and the US Patriot
missile defense systems were deployed together to provide integrated
coverage."
 
Israel\'s battle-tested experience in countering-terrorism, car bombs,
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and homicide bombing has been shared with US troops on their way to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as with UShomeland security agencies, thus reducing US losses and minimizing
terrorism on US soil. Israeli-developed unmanned aerial vehicles have been
employed by US Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq, providing intelligence
otherwise unattainable, preempting terrorist strikes. The Israeli-developed
navigation guidance system Lightning Pod eliminated Al-Zarkawi, the arch
Al-Qaeda terrorist.
 
Israel\'s battle-proven experience has been integrated - through battle
tactics and hardware modifications - into the US military, and defense
industries. For example, the F-16 includes over 600 Israeli modifications,
sparing the US a mega-billion dollar and a multi-year research &
development budget. A litany of state-of-the-art US military systems have
been upgraded in a similar manner, enhancing US national security and
defense industrial base. In fact, Israel\'s employment of US military
systems has enticed many countries to buy American. Israel has been for the
US what Michael Jordan has been for Nike!
 
Israel constitutes a most productive battle-tested laboratory, providing
the US with vital data otherwise unobtainable, enhancing US security,
saving American lives, upgrading US battle doctrines, creating jobs and
increasing US exports.
 
Commercially, Israel\'s high tech industry has developed the world\'s most
advanced microprocessors, chips, window operating systems, voice mail,
instant messaging and cellular technologies, coding and decoding devices,
medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Most of these technologies/products
have been integrated into the US industry, augmenting the well-being of
Americans, boosting US competitive edge in the global market and increasing US employment.
 
Unlike all other Mideast countries, Israel has subordinated its
international relations to its ties with the US, as evidenced by Israel\'s
perfect pro-US UN voting record. In the absence of Israel, the US would
have to deploy, to the eastern flank of the Mediterranean, aircraft
carriers and tens of thousands of US servicemen, costing scores of billions
of dollars annually, in order to replace Israel\'s national security
contribution. US support of Israel has been a high-return US investment.
US-Israel win-win relations have been empowered by long-term
joint-interests and mutual-threats, rather than by short-term political
expediency, unmatched by any other set of bilateral relationships.