How to Ensure the Future of the U.S.–Israel Relationship

Is a defense treaty a good idea, and would it increase or decrease popular American support for the Jewish state?

February 19, 2018 | Elliott Abrams
About the author: Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he maintains a blog, Pressure Points.
This is a response to Has Israel Grown Too Dependent on the United States?, originally published in Mosaic in February 2018

A serviceman on a U.S aircraft carrier docked in Haifa, Israel on July 3, 2017. RONEN ZVULUN/AFP/Getty Images.

The title of Charles Freilich’s essay in Mosaic, “Has Israel Grown Too Dependent on the United States?,” raises a very important question to which Freilich offers a number of answers and recommendations. Before considering his overall approach, I would like to take exception to three separate points he makes in passing.

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