Israel Is Playing on the Global Stage Now, and Its Strategists Need to Act Like It

Otherwise, Israel will end up making the same mistakes with regard to China that the U.S. did.

November 28, 2018 | Arthur Herman
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).
This is a response to Israel and China Take a Leap Forward—but to Where?, originally published in Mosaic in November 2018

Chinese circus acrobats wait backstage prior to their performance in the Israeli city of Haifa on March 29, 2016. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images.

I was gratified to read the three thoughtful responses to my essay, “Israel and China Take a Leap Forward—but to Where?’’ Two of them, by the distinguished American policy experts Elliott Abrams and Dan Blumenthal, generally agree with my main thesis—namely, that Israel’s growing relations with China could potentially compromise its major alliance with the U.S. The third, by the Israeli national-security expert Eran Lerman, offers a carefully argued rebuttal of that same thesis, a defense of Israel’s current policy toward China, and, in an unexpected twist, a counter-thesis—namely, that rather than contradicting or undermining American interests, Israeli policy actually advances those interests.

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