Toward a New Model for the U.S.–Israel Relationship

By leveraging its remarkable achievements in the fields most relevant to future conflicts, Israel can transition from dependence on the U.S. to partnership.

The 6th Annual International Cybersecurity Conference at Tel Aviv University on June 20, 2016. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images.

The 6th Annual International Cybersecurity Conference at Tel Aviv University on June 20, 2016. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images.

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Feb. 12 2018
About the author

Eran Lerman is vice-president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies and teaches Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Shalem College.


The roots of Israel’s bond with the U.S. run deep—preceding the establishment of the state. Immediately after the end of World War II, when British government policy in Palestine, led by Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, was outright hostile to the Zionist project, David Ben-Gurion nevertheless made a bold prophecy to the crusty British statesman. Like it or not, he said to Bevin, a confrontation was coming between the Western allies and the Russians—and the Jews, like them or not, would be on the side of Britain and the West.

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