Israel is America's Reliable Friend

August 15, 2011 – New York – “In the current Middle East turbulence, it’s reassuring to know we’ve got one steady, reliable friend – Israel,” says AJC Executive Director David Harris in his national radio commentary.

The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

The U.S. needs allies.

We’re a global player. We have interests all over the place.

Much as some might like, we can’t simply walk away from the world and retreat inward.

In the Middle East, that need for friends is especially important.

Given the region’s centrality and complexity, we have to have countries we can count on.

Countries with us in the good times and the bad.

Countries that share our core values.

And countries that not only take from us, but give back to us.

In the Middle East today, there’s one such country.

That’s Israel.

It’s stood with us in the good times and the bad.

It celebrates democracy and pluralism.

And from battlefield experience to counter-terrorism, from high tech to medical breakthroughs, it’s helped us big-time, as we’ve helped it.

In the current Middle East turbulence, it’s reassuring to know we’ve got one steady, reliable friend – Israel.

Israel. The more you know, the more you understand.

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This is David Harris of AJC.Date: 8/16/2011 12:00:00 AM