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Israel Also Fights America’s Battle

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The rising threat of Islamic terrorism on the U.S. mainland, in pro-U.S. Arab regimes and in Western countries has reaffirmed Israel’s role as the U.S.’s moral and “Žmilitary outpost in the Middle East.”Ž

Israel’s strategic role has gained importance against the backdrop of the U.S. “Žwithdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, the drastic cuts in the U.S. defense budget, the “Žresulting erosion of the U.S. posture of deterrence, the collapse of Europe’s “Žpower projection, the raging Arab tsunami, growing anti-U.S. “Žsentiments on the Arab street and the unprecedented Islamic threats to vital U.S. “Žeconomic and national security interests. “Ž

In 2014, Israel is facing terrorism from both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. The “Žlatter is a subsidiary of the transnational Muslim Brotherhood, which has terrorized “Žpro-U.S. Arab regimes in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and “ŽEgypt, upholding the five-pillar banner: “Allah is our objective; the Quran is the constitution; the prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; death for the sake of Allah is “Žour wish.” “Ž

These Arab countries realized that Israel was fighting their battle for them during the “Žrecent war in Gaza, so they overtly criticized Hamas and subtly supported Israel. According “Žto The Yemen Times: “The Saudi king, Abdullah, attacked unnamed ‘traitor terrorists,’ “Žwho sully the name of Islam … implying that he viewed Hamas as much of a terrorist “Žgroup as the Islamic State. … The so-called ‘Arab moderates’ have become even more “Žblatant in their U.S.-Israel alignment … with a vulgar anti-Palestinian position.” “Ž

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According to Dr. Mira Tzoreff of the Dayan Center for Middle East Studies, “The “Žsympathetic opinions voiced in Egypt’s state-run media regarding Israel’s posture “Žtowards Hamas — even before the 2014 war in Gaza — were unprecedented. … “Ž[Egyptian] President [Abdel-Fattah el-] Sissi believes that Hamas was responsible for attacks on Egyptian military “Žand security personnel in the Sinai Peninsula.”

The Saudi daily Al Arabiya “Žreported that hundreds of Egyptian soldiers have been killed in Sinai by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis’ jihadist terrorists — associated with ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood “Ž”Ž– since June 2014. CNN claims that Israel is fighting a proxy war against Hamas, “Žadvancing the homeland security interests of Jordan and the Gulf States.”Ž

In 2014, the eyes of the pro-U.S. Arab regimes are upon Israel and its war on Islamic “Žterrorism.

In 2014, Israel is facing Hamas, one of the numerous offshoots of the Muslim “ŽBrotherhood, which has been the most productive incubator of Islamic terror “Žorganizations, such as al-Qaida, Islamic Jihad, the Nusra Front, “ŽAhrar ash-“ŽSham, Abdullah “ŽAzzam Brigades, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, Ansar al-Shariah, Taliban, Nigeria’s Boko “ŽHaram, etc. These terror organizations strive to establish an Islamic Middle East “Žempire, as a prelude to global domination, bringing the U.S. and the Western world to “Žsocial, political and military submission, governed by the laws of Islam. “Ž

Irrespective of the Palestinian issue, Israel (the “Little Satan”) has been a major “Žobstacle standing in the way of megalomaniacal Islamic imperialism, clipping the wings of terrorism and thereby “Ženhancing the homeland security of pro-U.S. Arab regimes. Meanwhile, according the U.S. (the “Ž”Ž”Big Satan”), Israel is also a reliable beachhead in the economically and militarily critical Middle “ŽEast.”Ž

In 2014, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq benefit from Israel’s battle experience in general, and its counter-terrorism and urban warfare experience in particular. In 2007, “ŽIsrael demolished a Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear reactor. In 1982, Israel “Ždestroyed 20 advanced Syrian-operated Soviet surface-to-air missile batteries, deployed throughout the world and deemed impregnable by the U.S. “Ž

Israel’s unique battle tactics were promptly shared with the U.S. Air Force, enhancing “Žthe U.S.’s military edge over Moscow. In 1981, Israel devastated Iraq’s nuclear reactor, “Žsparing the U.S. a nuclear confrontation with Iraq in 1991. On July 4, 1976, Israel’s “ŽEntebbe hostage rescue operation was a turning point in the battle against Islamic “Žterrorism, inspiring Western democracies and dealing a blow to America’s enemies.

In 1973, in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War against Soviet-“Žaligned Egypt and Syria, Israel shared with the U.S. its battle experience, as well as “Žcaptured Soviet military systems, which provided the U.S. military command and “Ždefense industries with a global competitive edge. In 1970, Israel’s military forced “Žpro-Soviet Syria to roll back its invasion of pro-U.S. Jordan in efforts to topple “Žthe Hashemite regime. They surged into Saudi Arabia, affording the USSR a dramatic “Žtriumph and dealing the U.S. an unprecedented economic and national security blow.

“ŽIn 1967, Israel obliterated the military forces of Syria and Egypt, aborting an attempt “Žby the pro-Soviet Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, to bring down pro-U.S. Persian Gulf “Žregimes, control the supply and price of oil, dominate the Arab world and provide “ŽMoscow with a historical victory. In November 1952, following Israel’s “Žperformance during the 1948-49 War of Independence, General Omar Bradley, the “ŽU.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, proposed to expand strategic cooperation “Žwith Israel, only to be rebuffed by the State Department, which was Arab-“Žoriented, denying the U.S. a more effective outpost in the Middle East. “Ž

In 2014, the U.S. faces a most vicious Islamic terrorist threat, which benefits from “Žhundreds of sleeper cells on the U.S. mainland, is not amenable to peaceful “Žcoexistence and is not driven by the Palestinian issue, but by a 14-century-old “Žintolerant violent Islamic ideology. It behooves the U.S. to learn from history by “Žavoiding, rather than repeating, past mistakes; enhancing — rather than eroding — the “Žmutually beneficial ties with its most stable, reliable, effective, experienced, “Ždemocratic and unconditional ally, Israel.”Ž

This article was originally published by Israel Hayom.

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