Saturday, August 12, 2006

Daniel Levy in Haaretz: U.S. Neocons using Israel

Daniel Levy, a member of the Israeli diplomatic team in negotiating the Oslo accords, argues that the U.S. neocons, discredited in Iraq, are using the current Israeli action in Lebanon to write themselves "a ticket back to the ascendancy." Is the alliance between the neocons, the evangelicals, and the Israeli government really in the best interests of Israeli security?

"Israel does have enemies, interests and security imperatives, but there is no logic in the country volunteering itself for the frontline of an ideologically misguided and avoidable war of civilizations."

Witnessing the near-perfect symmetry of Israeli and American policy has been one of the more noteworthy aspects of the latest Lebanon war. A true friend in the White House. No deescalate and stabilize, honest-broker, diplomatic jaw-jaw from this president. Great. Except that Israel was actually in need of an early exit strategy...

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