- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 20, 2008

“I have never believed that one should make national security policy on the basis of trust. I think you make national security policy based on interests and on realities.”

Makes a lot of sense to me. However, unfortunately, our country continues to pressure the tiny state of Israel to make repeated and dangerous concessions to its Arab neighbors, whose widely professed goal is to annihilate the Jewish state.

Israel is expected to continue to appease and concede territory to its terrorist neighbors in exchange for empty promises. Now that Israel has withdrawn from both Lebanon and Gaza, which has been taken over by Hezbollah and Hamas terror mongers, it is still being asked to sacrifice itself further for the sake of “peace.”

Perhaps it is time for Israel to take Mr. Gates’ advice and create a national security policy that is based on its own self-preservation, interests and realities. After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

REBECCA CHESNER



Baltimore

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