Retired US Navy Admiral: Given Slew of Challenges it Faces in Middle East, America Should Bolster Military Ties With Israel
Given the slew of challenges it faces in the Middle East, America should bolster its military ties with Israel, a retired four-star US Navy admiral and former NATO commander said on Thursday.
The US, James Stavridis wrote in a Time magazine op-ed, would be “well served” to strengthen “its partnership with the Israel Defense Forces in several crucial areas” — including cybersecurity, technological development, intelligence sharing and special-forces training.
Stavridis — the current dean of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy who was reportedly considered first by Hillary Clinton for her VP spot last summer and later by President-elect Donald Trump for the position of secretary of state — called Israel America’s “best military partner in the region, by far.”
The Jewish state, Stavridis went on to say, “survives in a hostile environment through innovation, determination and strong human capital.”
“In the complex Middle East,” Stavridis stated, the US would gain from listening to the IDF’s counsel “on a range of key issues.”
“And likewise,” he concluded, “they [the Israelis] would benefit greatly from further intelligence, technology and partnership with the US. It truly is a case of two nations that are unarguably stronger together — let’s build on what we have to get to the next level.”