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Israel feels alone without the U.S. in Afghanistan

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The geographic distance between Tel Aviv and Kabul is roughly 3,200 kilometers. But after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Israel is worried that the Taliban and their radical allies are right next door.

This is a point that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made in his meeting with President Joe Biden on the eve of the American evacuation. “We live in the world’s toughest neighborhood,” Bennett said. “We’ve got ISIS on our southern border (in Sinai), Hezbollah on our northern border, Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Iranian militias that surround us. And they all want to annihilate the Jewish state.”

Each of these groups has been inspired by the Taliban victory. It has been centuries since a jihadist army has so decisively defeated the combined military forces of the West. The U.S. can pretend that it was merely strategically leaving a pointless battlefield, but the entire Middle East knows better. This was not only a historic humiliation for America, but a model for Jihad extremism.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah, saw it immediately: “This is a portrayal of America’s full defeat and the U.S. demise and failure in the region,” he said in a speech. Beirut, like Tel Aviv, is also 3,200 kilometers from Kabul. But that city is now a Middle Eastern capital.

After the American collapse, Palestinian Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh called the Taliban........

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