The USA and Israel are discussing a mutual defense treaty that would further cement the already “tremendous” alliance between the two countries, President Donald Trump has revealed.
The support surely comes in handy, as Netanyahu’s backing appears to be quite shaky. The September 17 polls are the second snap legislative elections this year after Netanyahu failed to form the government back in April.
The outcome of the upcoming vote is hard to predict, as Netanyahu’s party, Likud, has almost equal support as their main opponent the Blue and White led by Benny Gantz, opinion polls show.
Forging a proper USA-Israel alliance won’t be that great a step, since the standing agreements already oblige Washington to protect Tel Aviv in case of a war.
Still, such a deal somewhat increases the chances of the US being “lured into a conflict they don’t want.”
Relations between Washington and Tel Aviv have always been quite cozy – and got even closer under Trump – yet the two countries do not have a full-fledged military alliance.
Israel was one of the first major non-Nato ally (MNNA), a designation that goes with a whole set of benefits, such as generous loans, a priority in delivery of various military surplus, possession of war reserve stocks of Pentagon-owned hardware outside US military bases (Israel is said to have at least six sites) and others.
If the mutual defense treaty between the two countries fleshes out, it would be the first such deal for Washington in decades. The USA has standing agreements of such sort with Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and the Philippines.
The latest one was signed with Japan in 1960, and since then the USA has apparently opted for dragging countries into NATO instead of striking bilateral deals.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point news 2019.