Saturday, April 04, 2015

America's new ally

Six years ago, Israel was America's best friend in the Middle East. (Or is it the Near East? I never can quite sort that out.) Now we have swapped Tel Aviv out for Tehran, not only promising to lift actual sanctions in favor of a promised reduction in Iran's quest for a nuclear bomb, but enlisting it as an ally against Islamic State. Israel, meanwhile, has become a pariah state, rather like South Africa in the days of apartheid.

The difference of course is that with Israel, the United States was the strong partner who provided military and diplomatic aid to a beleaguered nation. With Iran, the shoe seems to be on the other foot.

I don't know how it strikes the Israelis, but somehow the new arrangement does not make me feel more secure.


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