Ball, George W.
December 1979
Foreign Affairs;Winter79/80, Vol. 58 Issue 2, p231
This article looks at the status of the international relations of Israel with the U.S. as of December 1979. The state of the relationship between the two countries has been uneasy for some years. It is now approaching a crisis state and unless the U.S.-Israeli relations are radically redefined either in a closer or looser direction, the search for an Arab-Israeli peace will be completely thwarted and the interests of both nations increasingly jeopardized. To those familiar only with the period since 1967, it may come as a surprise that for nearly 20 years the relations between Israel and the U.S. were far from being as intricately intertwined as they have become since. No matter how well organized the Israeli lobby might be, it would be ineffective were it not for the deep sympathy for Israel that pervades U.S. opinion. A reaction compounded not only by grief at the Holocaust but admiration for the brilliance, courage and resourcefulness of the Israeli people. Still, it took some years for Israel to develop a strong political hold in Washington and during that time it had to depend extensively on other sources of help and supply. Only by the effective pressure of the U.S. public opinion, leading in turn to constructive actions by Israel can we avert an outcome that would be desperately damaging to both countries but most of all to Israel itself


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