The World: Should the U.S. Guarantee Israel?

Surrounded by hostile neighbors, isolated diplomatically, Israel has become ever more dependent on the U.S. for military supplies, economic aid and political support. Nonetheless, there is no treaty that commits the U.S. to defend or aid Israel. The alliance between the two nations is based on assurances of support by a succession of U.S. Presidents, and by the diminishing but still large pro-Israel sentiment in the U.S. that involves Gentiles as well as Jews.

Should Washington and Jerusalem negotiate a treaty that would formally guarantee Israel's survival in case of war? Writing in the current issue of Foreign Affairs, Richard Ullman, a...

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