I am hardly suggesting that this analogy represents reality. Today, the U.S. is seated firmly at the Israeli end, smirking like the Cheshire Cat, with the predictable result that the whole region is polarized and destabilized—because no other actor has the courage or foresight to occupy the middle all alone, with the possible exception of Turkey.
But I am suggesting that this analogy should be the goal for
In order to balance on the Iran-Israel see-saw,
1) Perfect state security being impossible, how much security will it take to convince
2) How can
3) How much security will it take to make
4) How much participation in regional affairs and influence over regional affairs will it take to satisfy the appetite of
Asking these questions about
Once such questions based on the assumption that the goal is to balance the aspirations of the two sides are brought center-stage, the foreign policy community can begin to devise specific policies. The critical insight is the need for balance.