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JINSA calls for US-Israel bilateral defense treaty

The think tank released an updated paper making its case.

U.S. and Israel Air Force craft drill during the “Juniper Oak” military exercise in early 2023. Credit: CENTCOM.

The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) has renewed its campaign—first started in 2018—for the United States and Israel to form a mutual security pact.

JINSA pointed out how important such agreements are, noting the illustration of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

It also noted that the United States has “no such treaty alliance in the Middle East, despite it being one of the world’s most volatile regions that is also home to one of America’s most capable and longstanding partners anywhere: Israel.”

The paper argues that a defense pact with Israel would further America’s strategic interests, such as deterring a nuclear Iran. JINSA also expresses optimism that such an agreement could dovetail with developing normalization efforts between Israel and Saudi Arabia, along the lines of the 2020 Abraham Accords.

“Given that Israel frequently is subjected to lower-level armed attacks, our proposed treaty sets a much higher threshold and would activate only under a very limited set of exceptional circumstances,” JINSA stated.

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