Ira Chernus is a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity. Read more of his writing on Israel, Palestine and American Jews on his blog.
US opinion-shapers have obeyed these "Three Commandments" for decades, helping to create an indelible image of Israel as a deeply insecure nation.
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