Neocons not Israel-Firsters

American Jewish hawks

– at least the ones I know and read – aren’t pro-Israel because they care more about Israel than the United States. They’re pro-Israel because they’re Manicheans.


They see international affairs as a struggle between the “West,” which stands for freedom, democracy and other good stuff–and various anti-Western forces (Islamism, Chinese nationalism, Russian imperialism, Latin American socialism) that menace the values and interests they hold dear. They may know more about Israel than they know about Taiwan, Georgia or Colombia. But they support it for the same basic reason: It’s on our side.

Peter Beinart


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