Israel, America's Reliable Friend

October 23, 2012 – New York – 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


The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

Once again, the Middle East is turbulent.

Iran spins its centrifuges, while damning America.

In Syria, 32,000 people have been killed. And there's no let-up in sight.

The Syrian violence is now spilling over to neighboring Lebanon.

Of course, Hezbollah is involved – the same Hezbollah on the U.S. terrorism list, but, shamefully, not on the European Union's.

Meanwhile, Hamas rule in Gaza continues.

Hamas, let’s recall, is on the U.S. and, yes, EU terrorism lists.

Egypt is run by the Muslim Brotherhood. The country’s future direction remains an open question.

The Sinai, technically under Egyptian rule, has become a no-man’s land of weapons smugglers and terrorists.

As America looks for reliable friends in this vital region, one country stands out.

It was our ally yesterday, is today, and will be tomorrow.

That country is Israel.

America and Israel: Shared values, shared goals.

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This is David Harris of AJC.
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