Israel Mustn't Let Its Economic Relationship with China Threaten Its Political Relationship with America

Doing so would be profoundly dangerous.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang accompanies Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a welcoming ceremony in Beijing on March 20, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang accompanies Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a welcoming ceremony in Beijing on March 20, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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Nov. 12 2018
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Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he maintains a blog, Pressure Points.


As Arthur Herman rightly and very usefully points out in his essay in Mosaic, Israel’s growing relationship with China presents wonderful economic opportunities and serious political threats. I’m grateful to him for referring to a brief paper on the subject that I wrote earlier this year; his own analysis is far more detailed.

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