A Defense Treaty between the United States and Israel? Just Say No

Israel’s independence has indeed eroded, and it must work to regain its freedom of maneuver. A defense treaty is the last thing it should want.



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier as it docks at the Haifa port on July 3, 2017. ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier as it docks at the Haifa port on July 3, 2017. ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images.
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Feb. 22 2018
About the author

Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Koret distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


Charles Freilich has produced an astute and savvy analysis of the forces driving the U.S.-Israel relationship. It’s no surprise: all who know him regard him as one of the most thoughtful (and critical) students of Israeli decision-making, and his writing is a model of care and restraint.

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