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Israeli National SecurityA New Strategy for an Era of Change$
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Charles D. Freilich

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190602932

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190602932.001.0001

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The “Special Relationship”

The “Special Relationship”

(p.289) 10 The “Special Relationship”
Israeli National Security

Charles D. Freilich

Oxford University Press

Chapter 10 presents an overview of Israel’s military and strategic relationship with the United States, a fundamental pillar of its national security. The chapter argues that the price of the “special relationship” has been a significant loss of Israel’s independence, and that Israel undertakes major military and diplomatic initiatives without prior US approval very rarely, almost only on existential issues or ones of supreme ideological importance to its electorate. Indeed, the chapter questions whether Israel’s dependence has become so great that it could not even survive today without the United States. The United States is a generally reliable patron but has failed Israel on a number of important occasions, thereby demonstrating the need for Israel to maintain independent capabilities. Support for Israel in the United States remains high, but political and demographic trends are worrisome, and the relationship has likely peaked. Even a marginal change in US support would be severe for Israel.

Keywords:   Israel, national security, United States, strategic, military, diplomatic, relations

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