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Israel is a strategic asset for U.S., according to report by Israel lobby think tank

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The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank created by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to “do AIPAC’s work but appear independent,” has just released a report which comes to the not-so-surprising conclusion — despite all the evidence to the contrary — that Israel is a strategic asset for U.S. national interests. Haaretz’s Natasha Mozgovaya reports on this groundbreaking new research:

Its authors argue that Americans – starting with top administrative officials – should start acknowledging that Israel is a strategic asset for the U.S. They say the U.S.-Israeli relationship “stands equally on an underappreciated third leg: common national interests and collaborative action to advance those interests.”

As examples of those supposed common interests, Mozgovaya writes:

Blackwill and Slocombe’s report reflects on U.S. cooperation with Israel with regards to various security concerns, from Israel’s undertakings of tasks the U.S. might not be willing to do, to sharing intelligence and missile defense cooperation, to the Israeli expertise in cyber security that has already benefitted U.S. banking, communications, transportation and utilities.

This relationship is even more critical now, as both countries share an interest to prevent nuclear proliferation and oppose the spread of Iranian influence and the influence of Iran’s proxies.

Exactly how the United States benefits from making Israel’s enemies its own is not clear. And as for the benefits of Israeli expertise in cyber security to U.S. communications, Ms. Mozgovaya must have missed Carl Cameron’s four-part series detailing Israeli espionage in and on the United States.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

November 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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