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Israel: A Strategic Asset for the United States

Authors: , Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, and , Senior Counsel, Caplin & Drysdale

Israel: A Strategic Asset for the United States - israel-a-strategic-asset-for-the-united-states

Publisher Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Release Date November 2011


Over the decades, American leaders have primarily explained the foundations of the U.S.-Israel relationship by properly citing shared democratic values and the moral responsibility America bears to protect the small nation-state of the Jewish people.

While accurate and indispensably important, this characterization of the core basis of the U.S.-Israel relationship is incomplete because it fails to capture a third, crucial aspect: the many ways in which Israel advances U.S. national interests. Today, Israeli contributions to U.S. national interests range across a broad spectrum.

Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and former deputy national security adviser for strategic planning and U.S. ambassador to India, and Walter B. Slocombe, senior counsel at Caplin & Drysdale and former undersecretary of defense for policy and senior adviser for national defense in the Coalition Provisional Authority for Iraq, make the case in a coauthored report that Israel is a strategic asset for the United States. The report was sponsored by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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Why Israel Is a Strategic Asset to the United States

"Written after a telephone interview with Ambassador Blackwill regarding his November 2011 report Israel: A Strategic Asset for the United States, coauthored with Walter B. Slocombe and published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Contrary to Washington wisdom, Israel is a clear strategic asset to the United States, says a new study by a bipartisan pair of veteran diplomats" (Lee Smith, TabletMag)

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