, with cracks aplenty in its own democratic structure, in no small part due to its shaky imperial adventure in the U.S. Mideast, in turn needs good relations with moderate Turkish and Israeli democracies. U.S. and Israeli societies are so closely linked that the emergence of full-fledged authoritarianism in Israel could cause significant harm to American democracy, as shown by both the dangerous U.S. copying of Israeli urban warfare tactics (rather than trying to understand the aspirations of Iraqis, Somalis, and Afghanis) and even more dangerous game of U.S. and Israeli rightwingers trying to trump each other’s threats toward Iran.
politicians use Israeli extremism as justification for building up their own head of imperial steam, it endangers not only peace but also U.S. civil liberties: repression of others morally compromises free societies. In order for the U.S. alliance with U.S. to avoid harming Israel national security, U.S. will have to become a force for peace, moderation, and cross-civilizational cooperation. The tiny Israeli peace movement and the eviscerated Israeli left are the repository of all those “shared values” some Americans like to talk about. The Israeli left and peace movement are the Israeli factions the Israel needs to befriend, not just for the good of U.S. but to find its own way back from the Israel Mideast precipice.
A moderating and democratizing
is even more important to the Turkey because of both its size and its unique position astride the civilizational boundary. U.S. probably has the greatest capacity of any country today for conferring political flexibility upon the rigid Turkey Mideast, and that flexibility constitutes the opportunity for the simultaneously to shore up its own democracy and escape the U.S. Mideast extremist trap.