"Israel as a Security Asset for the United States"
by Liran Kapoano, Arutz Sheva 7
The next time someone tries to throw the nonsensical argument that sometimes Israel just needs some "tough love" to get it "back on track" or that treating the Jewish state like an immature child that needs be made to sit in the corner, is somehow beneficial to anyone - tell them to go argue with these 50 retired admirals and generals...

They decided to do something in response to the recent ridiculous treatment Israel has gotten from the Obama administration.  This group of about 50 retired United States generals and admirals put together the following letter urging him as well as Congress and the general American public to recognize how truly intertwined Israel's success is with America's.

Here, is the unedited letter, directly from the officers:


We, the undersigned, have traveled to Israel over the years with The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).  We brought with us our decades of military experience and, following unrestricted access to Israel's civilian and military leaders, came away with the unswerving belief that the security of the State of Israel is a matter of great importance to the United States and its policy in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean.  A strong, secure Israel is an asset upon which American military planners and political leaders can rely.  Israel is a democracy - a rare and precious commodity in the region - and Israel shares our commitment to freedom, personal liberty and rule of law.  Throughout our travels and our talks, the determination of Israelis to protect their country and to pursue a fair and workable peace with their neighbors was clearly articulated.  Thus we view the current tension between the United States and Israel with dismay and grave concern that political differences may be allowed to outweigh our larger mutual interests.

As American defense professionals, we view events in the Middle East through the prism of American security interests.

The United States and Israel established security cooperation during the Cold War, and today the two countries face the common threat of terrorism by those who fear freedom and liberty.  Historically close cooperation between the United States and Israel at all levels including the IDF, military research and development, shared intelligence and bilateral military training exercises enhances the security of both countries.  American police and law enforcement officials have reaped the benefit of close cooperation with Israeli professionals in the areas of domestic counter-terrorism practices and first response to terrorist attacks.

Israel and the United States are drawn together by shared values and shared threats to our well-being.

The proliferation of weapons and nuclear technology across the Middle East and Asia, and the ballistic missile technology to deliver systems across wide areas require cooperation in intelligence, technology and security policy.  Terrorism, as well as the origins of financing, training and executing terrorists acts, need to be addressed multilaterally when possible.  The dissemination of hatred and support of terrorism by violent extremists in the name of Islam, whether state or non-state actors, must be addressed as a threat to global peace.

In the Middle East, a volatile region so vital to U.S. interests, it would be foolish to disengage - or denigrate - an ally such as Israel.

Signed (so far),

Lt. Gen. Mark Anderson, USAF (Ret.) 
RADM Charles Beers, USN (Ret.)
Gen. William Begert, USAF (Ret.)
RADM Stanley W. Bryant, USN (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Anthony Burshnick, USAF (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan, USA (Ret.)
ADM Leon Edney, USN (Ret.)
Brig. Gen. William F. Engel, USA (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Bobby Floyd, USAF (Ret.)
Gen. John Foss, USA (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Paul Fratarangelo, USMC (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. David Grange, USA (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Tom Griffin, USA (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Earl Hailston, USMC (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. John Hall, USAF, (Ret.)
Gen. Alfred Hansen, USAF (Ret.)
RADM James Hinkle, USN (Ret.)
Gen. Hal Homburg, USAF (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson, USA (Ret.)
ADM Jerome Johnson, USN (Ret.)
RADM Herb Kaler, USN (Ret.)
VADM Bernard Kauderer, USN (Ret.)
Gen. William F. Kernan, USA (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Homer Long, USA (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Jarvis Lynch, USMC (Ret.)
Gen. Robert Magnus, USMC (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Charles May, Jr., USAF (Ret.)
VADM Martin Mayer, USN (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. James McCombs, USA (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Fred McCorkle, USMC (Ret.)
RADM W.F.Merlin, USCG (Ret.)
RADM Mark Milliken, USN (Ret.)
RADM Riley Mixson, USN (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. William Moore, USA (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter, USMC (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Larry T. Northington, USAF (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Tad Oelstrom, USAF (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. James D. Parker, USA, (Ret.)
VADM J.T. Parker, USN (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Robert Patterson, USAF (Ret.)
VADM James Perkins, USN (Ret.)
RADM Brian Peterman, USCG (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Alan V. Rogers, USAF (Ret.)
RADM Richard Rybacki, USCG (Ret.)
Gen. Crosbie Saint, USA, (Ret.)
RADM Norm Saunders, USCG (Ret.)
Gen. Lawrence Skantze, USAF (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Sid Shachnow, USA (Ret.)
RADM Jeremy Taylor, USN (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Larry Taylor, USMCR (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Lanny Trapp, USAF (Ret.)
VADM Jerry O. Tuttle, USN (Ret.)
Gen. Louie Wagner, USA (Ret.)
RADM Thomas Wilson, USN (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Robert Winglass, USMC (Ret.)
RADM Guy Zeller, USN (Ret.)

From the American Thinker.
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Rabbi Moshe Kempinsky
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