September 25, 2015 | Quote

Think Tank Director: America’s Interests Are Advanced By Supporting Israel

Supporting Israel is in the United States’ interest for reasons of security and idealism, the head of a major think tank stated earlier this week.

Clifford May, the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, made that point in an op-ed Tuesday in The Washington Times. He argued that Israel is on the front lines of those who would target the United States.

When jihadis vow to defeat “Crusaders and Zionists,” it is Christians and Jews they are talking about. They refer to America as the “Great Satan” and Israel as the “Little Satan.” Their struggle is both ideological and kinetic and it is the most significant of this century. Israelis are on the front lines. Front-line troops deserve support, don’t you think?

Years ago, Secretary of State Alexander Haig put it slightly differently. He called Israel “the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security.” In partnership with Americans, Israelis are doing cutting-edge work in such critical areas as missile defense, cyber warfare, port and airport security and intelligence.

May noted that Israel also serves as a sign of America’s commitment to freedom. May cited economist George Gilder, who wrote in his book The Israel Test that Israel “it is not only the canary in the coal mine — it is also a crucial part of the mine.” Gilder argued that if the United States does not defend Israel, it will “prove unable to defend anything else. The Israel test is finally our own test of survival as a free nation.”

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