My Reasons for Recommending a Defense Treaty between the U.S. and Israel

It could secure the Zionist project by helping to sell Israelis on a peace deal with the Palestinians, and it could help to cement Israel’s long-term relationship with America.

February 26, 2018 | Charles D. Freilich
About the author: Charles D. (Chuck) Freilich, a former deputy national security adviser in Israel, is a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center. His book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, is forthcoming from Oxford.
This is a response to Has Israel Grown Too Dependent on the United States?, originally published in Mosaic in February 2018

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush moored off the port of Haifa in July 2017. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images.

Let me begin by warmly thanking Eran Lerman, Elliott Abrams, and Martin Kramer—three highly esteemed colleagues—for their thoughtful responses to my essay, “Has Israel Grown too Dependent on the United States?,” and the editors of Mosaic for publishing the essay and for arranging this colloquy.

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