Why a U.S.-Israel Alliance is a Terrible Idea

Editor’s note: the following are the pull quotes from an interesting article by Efraim Inbar and Eran Lerman — I’ve put them into bullet points:

  • Israel has declared for decades that it doesn’t want US soldiers to endanger their lives for its security.
  • A defense treaty also entails obligations to act together with the US.
  • If the casus foederis trigger is left undefined, a defense treaty will become a source of friction.
  • A defense treaty may be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as an alternative to stopping Iran’s bid for the bomb.
  • A degree of formal distance between Jerusalem and Washington is useful in Israel’s diplomatic interactions.

Read more: Middle East Forum