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My Reasons for Recommending a Defense Treaty between the U.S. and Israel

It could secure the Zionist project by helping to sell Israelis on a peace deal with the Palestinians, and it could help to cement Israel’s long-term relationship with America.

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush moored off the port of Haifa in July 2017. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images.

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush moored off the port of Haifa in July 2017. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images.

Last Word
Feb. 26 2018
About the author

Charles D. (Chuck) Freilich, a former deputy national security adviser in Israel, is a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center. His book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, is forthcoming from Oxford.


Let me begin by warmly thanking Eran Lerman, Elliott Abrams, and Martin Kramer—three highly esteemed colleagues—for their thoughtful responses to my essay, “Has Israel Grown too Dependent on the United States?,” and the editors of Mosaic for publishing the essay and for arranging this colloquy.

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