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

Doing so would be profoundly dangerous.

November 12, 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 Israel and China Take a Leap Forward—but to Where?, originally published in Mosaic in November 2018

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

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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