Responsible Disengagement from Islamdom

Israel is America’s most dependable ally in the Middle East and arguably anywhere in the world. As America redefines its national interests in Islamdom is it essential that America tactically outsources parts of its great power role to Israel rather than inadvertently abandoning the region to rivals of the US. The Trump administration and in particular Jared Kushner made great efforts that led to the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco deciding to normalize relations with Israel. Other Muslim countries were in the pipeline but the wave of normalization ended with the change of guard at the White House in January 2021. The Biden administration should carefully review how it could continue the successful efforts of the previous administration in expanding normalization with Israel to more majority-Muslim countries. This is a crucial US national interest as it is essential to allowing the US to increasingly partially disengage from the region by tactically outsourcing elements of its great power role to its faithful Israeli ally in particular and to the Israeli-Muslim alliance in general. 

US allies should take more responsibility for their security and become capable of defending themselves on their own and together and thus decrease their reliance on US military deployment. Israeli military self-reliance is indeed a model for US allies in Europe, Asia and the Gulf. 

Just as Israel protects US interests in Islamdom, so does the US protect Israeli interests in the world outside Islamdom. This is an important strategic equation underlying the regional and global US-Israel special relationship.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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