[sent to Robert D. Blackwill of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy]
I listened to your lecture on the U.S.-Israel relationship with great interest. The way that you and your associate, Walter B. Slocombe, presented your arguments that the U.S.-Israel relationship is truly symbiotic were among the most clear-headed I’ve ever heard. Furthermore, you gave a brilliant rebuttal to those who believe that the U.S.-Israel relationship is a liability for the United States by imagining how Saudi Arabia would react to a breakdown in the U.S.-Israel relationship and concluding that nothing substantial would be gained in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. I commend you on your efforts and I look forward to your future publications and lectures.