As Barack Obama prepares for his March trip to Israel - his first as president - he should help correct distortions about the Jewish state his own administration helped promote. For instance, many Americans view Israel as a dangerous nation, perpetually menaced by terrorism, and see concessions to Palestinian militants as the only path to security.
Actually, Israel is one of the safer nations on earth - with an overall murder rate much less than half that of the USA as a whole, and one ninth that of Obama's hometown of Chicago. With a population of nearly 8 million, Israel has experienced less than 200 annual murders since 2004-including terrorist incidents. In fact, the only spikes in violence came after concessions to Arab and international pressure - like the ill-fated Oslo Accords and withdrawals from Gaza and Southern Lebanon.