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"The bottom line is this. US policies of unconditional support for Israel, opposition to Islamism, and the use of drones to slaughter suspected Islamist militants and their families and friends have created an atmosphere that precludes broad strategic partnerships with major Arab and Muslim countries, though it does not yet preclude limited cooperation for limited purposes." 

"The acceptance of Israel as a legitimate presence in the Middle East cannot now be achieved without basic changes in Israeli attitudes and behavior that are not in the offing."

"US policies designed, respectively, to pursue strategic partnerships with Arab and Muslim powers and to secure the state of Israel have each separately failed." 

"The Middle East itself is in flux. America's interests in the region now demand fundamental rethinking, not just of US policies, but of the strategic objectives those policies should be designed to achieve."

America's longstanding special relationship was ill conceived from conception. On many issues mattering most, the Israeli tail wags the US dog. It's true whether or not Washington's interests are served.

Both countries threaten world peace. Together they endanger humanity. Freeman stopped short saying so. At the same time, he knows binding ties do more harm than good.

Reconsidering bad policy is long overdue. Israel is more liability than asset. It's true no matter who's prime minister.

Israel's government is its most belligerent and hardline in history. It menaces its neighbors. It threatens world peace. Washington prioritizes advancing its own imperium.

An alliance based on militarism, belligerence, racism, and human rights abuses is crucial to end, not support. Nothing in sight suggests it's likely. 

Freeman is rightly concerned. He understands impending perils. It's crucial to address them before it's too late. Few in Washington are frank enough to say so.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

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Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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