Israel: Look beyond America for friendship
<span style="font-family: Verdana,Helvetica,Arial;"><span style="font-size: 12px;">The next U.S. president, whether Barack Obama or John McCain, is unlikely to continue the “automatic American support fo
Israel can no longer rely only on its alliance with the U.S., said Yaniv Ronen. The next U.S. president, whether Barack Obama or John McCain, is unlikely to continue the “automatic American support for any Israeli policy.” And even if the U.S. did commit rhetorically to Israel, could it commit troops? Let’s face it: U.S. power is waning. Just look at what happened to Georgia. Basking confidently in U.S. assurances, the former Soviet republic dared to offend Russia by asserting its sovereignty over one of its pro-Russian provinces. But once Russia sent in the tanks, the promised U.S. support was tepid and ineffective. The outcome “was a humiliating defeat.” The lesson Israel should draw from this sad little escapade is that it should “find additional allies in the international arena.” American power, after all, “no longer enjoys exclusivity.” The rise of Russia, China, and even the European Union indicate that a multipolar world is at hand. In such a world it would be well to have multiple partners.