Jake Wallis Simons Jake Wallis Simons

How China drove a wedge between America and Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu visits China in 2017 (photo: Getty)

Two weeks ago, CIA director William Burns – who has rather a lot on his plate just now – had a quiet word in the Israeli prime minister’s ear about Chinese investment in the Jewish state.

It was the latest and most urgent of America’s attempts to prevent Israel from slipping further towards the Beijing dragon’s maw, an issue which has increasingly threatened to drive a wedge between the two allies.

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