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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Robert W. Merry
Robert W. Merry's op-ed piece "Obama may buck the Israel lobby on Iran" (Commentary, Jan. 1) echoes conspiracy theories purporting to explain how Jerusalem controls Washington's foreign policy. This is disappointing coming from a staffer of a well-regarded journal such as the National Interest.
History is far too important a matter to be left to historians, a fact that members of that profession have proved over and over. To this day, I still laugh out loud when rereading James David Barber's pretentious 1977 opus, "The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House."
To indifferent students of American history, our 11th president, James Knox Polk, may seem to be just another of those semiobscure White House occupants of no particular distinction. However, as Robert W. Merry shows us, he deserves much more than that.
Mr. Merry favorably cites a blogger who claims an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear-weapons program would be "acting against international law."
Notwithstanding the "cleverly worded" provisions Mr. Merry claims to find in the proposed bill, the United States has no mutual-defense pact with Israel like it has with South Korea and other countries.