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GOP debates: AEI pushes 2012 Republican candidates on U.S.-Israel relations

As part of the lead-up to the 2012 Republican candidate debates, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is attempting to dig a little deeper on a number of policy questions that many of the candidates have evaded. While all of the candidates have professed some level of commitment to Israel, AEI scholars Danielle Pletka and Michael Rubin aren’t satisfied with the ambiguity.

“The United States perhaps gets more from our partnership with Israel than Israel does from the United States,” says Rubin.

But as Danielle Pletka points out, with all of the aid the U.S. provides to Israel, it has a similar per capita GDP to the United States. This leads Pletka to pose the question to candidates: “Do you really believe that we should continue to providing aid at the levels we currently provide to the state of Israel?”

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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