Joseph Heller
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Was Israel an asset or liability to the west during the cold war? Primary sources present a clear picture of Israel as a constant liability to the west, However, it was regarded as an asset as well at some cold war hot spots such as the Korean war, and as a guardian of Jordan. It held important cards, such as conventional and nuclear liabilities, but without global detente Israel could not survive in the long run. That was why America refused to be more than Israel's economic patron, and declined to be Israel's main arms supplier. Israel's leadership could be criticised for failing to prevent the Six Day War, and American Jewish leadership for failing to influence Amerrican presidents. However, all these 'might have been' are baseless. The underlying factors coild not be altered: Arab enmity Soviet hatred, absence of a security guarantee, and lack of detente.

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