The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Deepening U.S.-Israel Relations in a Changing Middle East

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
May 13, 2012

Last week, at a plenary session of The Washington Institute’s Weinberg Founders Conference, Ambassador Robert Blackwill, Ambassador Dennis Ross and Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin (IDF, ret.) spoke on the subject of “U.S.-Israel Relations in a Changing Middle East.” According to WINEP’s summary of the event:

The panelists underscored the importance of dialogue between the United States and Israel to address the upheavals of the Arab Spring. According to Blackwill, since the Arab revolts began, Islamist forces have been unleashed that are antithetical to U.S. national security interests and hostile toward diplomacy. Yadlin agreed, saying the Arab Spring should be called the Arab intifada. Israeli concessions to the Palestinians or other Arab neighbors, he said, will will [sic] not temper the growing Islamist factions in the region.

One wonders then why The Washington Institute has been so actively supportive of Arab democracy if it poses such a threat to Israeli interests.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

May 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

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  1. We know why they supported it and I would say it’s almost time now to start really evolving the narrative. It has already begun, to an extent, and I imagine it will only get louder within the mainstream over the next couple of years.

    The attacks in Syria a few days ago illustrate the true value of this strategy. On the one hand, regimes hostile to Israel can be destabilized through using western-backed and trained ‘Islamists’ while at the same time, the trouble can be blamed either on the regime’s intolerable cruelty or the pernicious threat of both the Arab and Islamic worlds in general.

    All the while, Israel looks like some peaceful neighbour just trying to enjoy each day as it comes lol.


    May 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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