The Impasse Obstructing U.S.-Israel Relations, and How to Remedy It

In some ways, the two countries have never been closer, but in others, and notably with regard to China, they’ve never seemed farther apart.

An Israeli Iron Dome rocket-defense system, built in partnership with the U.S., stationed in the Golan Heights. Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images.

An Israeli Iron Dome rocket-defense system, built in partnership with the U.S., stationed in the Golan Heights. Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images.

Essay
Dec. 2 2019
About the author

Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author, most recently, of 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder (HarperCollins, 2017).


The strategic relationship between the U.S. and Israel has reached a strange impasse. In important ways, thanks in particular to initiatives by the Trump administration, the two countries have never been closer. In other ways, however, they have never seemed farther apart. This is notably the case with regard to relations with China, America’s most important geopolitical competitor.

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