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The U.S., Israel and Turkey: When My Friend's Enemy is My Friend

Judah Grunstein Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

In his WPR column yesterday, Robert Farley discussed Israel's strategic options in light of damaged and possibly doomed ties with Turkey and Egypt. But it's worth noting that an Israel in conflict with two of the United States' closest regional allies also has significant impact on the United States' strategic calculus in the Middle East.

When two friends get into a dispute that not only resists resolution but actually deepens, one eventually begins to feel pressure to move from trying to mediate to choosing sides. And given the realities of U.S. domestic politics, it's only a matter of time before it will become politically expedient in Washington to criticize Turkey and demand that the U.S. take retaliatory action in order to demonstrate our alliance priorities and loyalties lie with Israel. ...

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