Foreign Policy Realists Shouldn’t Be Hostile to Israel

The recently departed administration of Barack Obama was characterized by the president’s open admiration of the “realism” of the foreign policy of the Presidency of George H. W. Bush, and Obama’s continuous and strong antagonism towards the State of Israel. The two ideas often go together, because the conventional wisdom has long asserted that an American leader who practices the doctrine of “realism” should attempt to reverse the (generally) strong U.S. friendship and support for Israel. This is because such “realists” have long believed that American backing for Israel is a net negative for the U.S., because it antagonizes the Arab and/or Muslim World, and other nations.

As a correlation, these realists frequently argue that if the U.S. were to reverse that support — or appear more “even-handed” — the U.S. would automatically garner more popularity with the world.

But is this conventional wisdom correct? Would a true realist automatically attempt to distance the U.S. from Israel? And would such a change be a successful strategy for the U.S.?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Realists, my ass. Apart from the author’s arguments, here are ten reasons the U.S. should embrace Israel as close an ally as we embraced Britain during World War II. It was more then than Churchill’s inspiring speeches. The British went all out for victory during “its finest hour,” and in so doing, broke the German code, invented radar, built the world’s biggest conventional bombs, and sent its top scientists to assist us on the Manhattan Project, among other things. Similarly, my ten reasons for keeping Israel close, maybe even closer than NATO.
    1. Israel shares our same Bible-based values of right and wrong, good and evil, justice and freedom.
    2. Israel has had the most experience countering jihad-based terrorism. As a result, its annual homicide rate per hundred thousand residents from all sources is lower than ours and its cities are safe for tourists to explore at all hours.
    3. Israel is a member in good standing of the nuclear club.
    4. Israel is considered one of the top five countries in cyber warfare capability, including number one in cyber defenses.
    5. Israel’s research and development program in military technologies rivals the Pentagon’s. (It has just unveiled the next generation of tanks, a small, two-man vehicle with transparent armor that is as maneuverable as a van and can run at higher speed than any tanks in current use.)
    6. Israel invented the modern aerial drone 40 years ago and is the world’s leading exporter of these vehicles.
    7. Israel deploys fleets of drone warships and robotic ground vehicles.
    8. Israel’s intelligence services are among the best in the world.
    9. Israelis steadfastly fight for their country and have consistently done so since even before independence.
    10. Israelis have been ardently pro-American ever since independence even during periods when their love has gone unrequited.
    For all this and more, we would be foolish to take this strong little country for granted.

    • deplorabledave

      Another reason:

      Jewish Nobel Prize Winners

      At least 170 Jews and persons of half-Jewish ancestry have been awarded the Nobel Prize,1 accounting for 22% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2005, and constituting 37% of all US recipients2 during the same period. In the scientific research fields of Chemistry, Economics, Medicine, and Physics, the corresponding world and US percentages are 26% and 39%, respectively. (Jews currently make up approximately 0.25% of the world’s population and 2% of the US population.)

      Chemistry (28 prize winners, 19% of world total, 27% of US total)

      Economics (22 prize winners, 39% of world total, 53% of US total)

      Literature (13 prize winners, 13% of world total, 27% of US total)

      Physiology or Medicine (52 prize winners, 28% of world total, 42% of US total)

      Peace (9 prize winners, 10% of world total, 11% of US total)3

      Physics (46 prize winners, 26% of world total, 38% of US total)

      • Norman_In_New_York

        According to, that number stands at 196.

        • deplorabledave

          You would think Jews were the chosen people or something.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Israel provides a good way of smoking the rat bastards out.