No Free Lunch in the Middle East!

, August 23, 2001

President Bush stated, on August 2, 1990 upon Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, that he would not drag the American People to war against Saddam.  The cheerful reaction in Baghdad dissipated when the President altered his position, following a meeting - on that day - with Prime Minister Thatcher.  The Iron Lady made plain her conviction that restrain in face of violence tends to add fuel to the fire of terrorism, and that non-escalation of a response to belligerency plays into the hands of the aggressor. And, indeed, President Bush launched a war on Saddam, in spite of his own intelligence estimates that the US might lose 20,000-30,000 soldiers.

Hall of Famers vs. Hall of Shamers: Jerusalem Misreads DC

Ynet, June 03, 2001

In December 1990, upon realizing that the US is geared toward an all out war, Saddam Hussein moderated his rhetoric, announcing his willingness to negotiate the fate of his invasion of Kuwait.  President Bush reacted with a massive military offensive. 

The American Window of Opportunity

Ynet, April 18, 2001

media has been relatively calm upon the 2001 election of Prime Minister Arik Sharon, unlike the assault on former Prime Minister Netanyahu upon assuming office in 1996.  It was the vicious media briefings, and leaks, by the Clinton Administration, which fueled the media in 1996,

Bush's Expectations of Sharon

Ynet, March 18, 2001

Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, has expressed the world view of the Bush Administration, stating that "Passivity in face of threats, breeds more violence."

Moses of Texas: President Bush, the Bible and Israel

Ynet, January 23, 2001

 

The Bible and Judeo-Christian values have played a major role in shaping the state of mind of President George W. Bush and his wife Laura, as well as their positive gut feeling toward

Israel.

President Clinton: A Lethal Friend

Ynet, January 18, 2001

President Clinton’s admirers have claimed that he has been the most pro-Israel President, ever serving in the White House.  However, a proper due-diligence of Clinton’s policy toward Israel reveals that the road to security and political hell could be paved with good intentions.

Prime Minister Barak's Fear of – and Susceptibility to – Pressure

Makor Rishon Weekly , January 05, 2001

Contrary to all his predecessors – who served until the1993 Oslo Accords – Prime Minister Barak has been extremely susceptible to US Administration pressure.  Unlike the leaders of Egypt, Turkey Germany and Italy, who have demonstrated tenacity in combating terrorism, and in contrast with his own outstanding service as the commander of special operations, Barak has been apprehensive of a resolute military battle against terrorism.  

Department of State – A systematic Blunderer

Ynet , October 30, 2000

Israel's pre-1993 Israeli prime ministers defied US pressure to withdraw to the 1949 Lines ("with cosmetic changes"). On the other hand, Prime Minister Barak persists - like the other post-1993 Israeli prime ministers – to implement the US Department of State policy, which is bleeding and crumbling by the day.  Barak considers the Department of State as a luminary, in spite of its failing track record in the Middle East.

Presumptuous Proposal - US troops on the Golan Heights

Jerusalem Post, Opinion Section, June 26, 1994

Involving US troops in an Israeli-Syrian peace agreement is not just a suggestion floating somewhere between Jerusalem and Washington.  Congressman Lee Hamilton, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, recently indicated that a US survey is already underway to determine the specific locations of a US peacekeeping force on the Golan. The survey's underlying assumption is that Israel will evacuate the whole Golan.

US Jewry's Political Clout

Jerusalem Post, Opinion Section, February 15, 1994

The recent scolding of United Jewish Appeal officials by top members of the Labor Party is part of what some say is a concerted effort to reduce the organized US Jewish community to its "proper" political size.

It may also reflect an attempt to undermine the credibility of the current leadership and enhance the stock of those who have always been "politically correct."

These suspicions explain Prime Minister Rabin's blunt reprimand of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee in August 1992.

 

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