What Accounts for Israel’s Weight in World Affairs?

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San Diego Jewish World

By Ira Sharkansky, Ph.D Ira Sharansky JERUSALEM — Israel is a serious country. It’s hard to imagine, from a perspective of years ago. Now more than 9 million in population, with a currency increasing in value against others, and apparently able to extract two citizens accused of treason in Turkey due to what seems like the innocent photograph of the President’s residence, without an overt concession to Turkey. Is much of Israel’s weight due to its closeness to the United States? Perhaps some of it is due to that, but there’s also some tension with that great power, due to Israel’s relations wi…

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