America risks loving Israel to death

Mr Amos Yadlin, the former head of military intelligence in Israel, likes to say that Israel as a Jewish-majority democracy faces two existential threats: a nuclear-armed Iran and turning itself into a bi-national state by permanently occupying the West Bank with its 2.5 million Palestinians. And while Israel has a strategy for addressing the first threat, it has none for the second.

A key reason that it doesn't, in my view, is due to a third existential threat. It's a threat from America - particularly from US President Donald Trump, but also from pro-Israel lawmakers in Congress and from AIPAC, the Israel lobbying organisation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2019, with the headline 'America risks loving Israel to death'. Print Edition | Subscribe