Time Essay: How Deep Is the U.S. Commitment to Israel?

The Phantoms were rushed off to Israel without public debate, but in confidence that the American public would approve. In the emergency, presumably no political conditions were asked of Israel either: this was not the time. A month ago such American aid to Israel might have risked Arab displeasure, even some oil blackmail, but would have counted on a quick Israeli military triumph. But what if—not to prejudge battles that have not yet been decided—Israel's situation were suddenly to take a turn for the worse, even become desperate? How deep then is the...

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