The prospect of a U.S.-Israel mutual defense treaty looms yet again. Looking at the specifics of other U.S. mutual defense treaties can offer lessons for Israelis curious about the potential benefits and drawbacks of a treaty with the United States.
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It's up to the United States to prevent what increasingly seems like an inevitable outcome.