But in our times, it took days for anyone other than Jews and conservatives to condemn Thomas's vile statements to Rabbi David Nesenoff. And she was not fired. She was allowed to retire.
Our times are times of Jew hatred. Our times are times where hatred breeds strategic madness. Our times are times when we need to recall basic truths about Israel and the Jewish people. Specifically, we must remember that the US is privileged to count Israel as an ally - whether Americans like Jews and our state or hate us.
The plain truth is that Israel is the US's greatest strategic asset in the Middle East. Indeed, given the strategic importance of the Middle East to the US national security, Israel is arguably the US's greatest strategic asset outside the US military.
Beyond politics and ideology, beyond friendship and values, the US has three permanent national security interests in the Middle East.
- Ensuring the smooth flow of affordable petroleum products from the region.
- Preventing the most radical regimes, sub-state and non-state actors from acquiring the means to cause catastrophic harm.
- Maintaining its capacity to project its power in the region.
A strong Israel is the best guarantor of all of these interests. Indeed, the stronger Israel is, the more secure these primary American interests are. Three permanent and unique aspects to Israel's regional position dictate this state of affairs.
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