Understanding the U.S.-israel Alliance: An Israeli Response to the Walt-Mearsheimer Claim
September 2, 2007 | Amb. Dore Gold
Contrary to the assertions of Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, who claim that no compelling strategic argument can explain American support for Israel, the two countries have, in fact, developed strong strategic ties over the years that have evolved into a unique alliance. USEUCOM commander General Bantz J. Craddock stated on March 15, 2007, that Israel was America’s “closest ally” in the Middle East and that it “consistently and directly” supported U.S. interests.