You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s Rye, but can you be both a dove and an American supporter of Israel? Obviously, there’s no built-in contradiction. Yet some of us who stood together in opposing the American intervention in Vietnam have drifted apart on the Middle East. For me, part of the problem stems from the tendency of some supporters of Israel to buy the Pentagon’s whole bottle of snake oil in the hope that a few drops will lubricate Israel’s security needs.
First, let’s agree on three assumptions: (1) the preservation of Israel is a firm objective; (2) Israel needs outside arms; (3) the United States will remain the major supplier of such arms. These are wholly realistic assumptions, but they have limits. These limits shouldn’t be extended into an uncritical embrace of military programs, which have little to do with the defense of Israel, may even damage Israel’s interests in the long run, and clearly weaken the United States...
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