This report should serve as a corrective to the comfy view that Israel is itself
the driving force behind Bush/Cheney’s foreign policy: i.e., that Israel is the
puppet-master, Bush & Co. the unsuspecting puppet. That view, which comes
directly out of the mythology of anti-Semitism, is widespread on the left and
right; and it is, to put it mildly, false.
As this report makes clear, the ones intent on wiping out the Other Side
(and not just in the Middle East) are the confederated loonies who now
dominate the USA: the neo-cons, intent on an eternal, worldwide Pax
Americana, and their theocratic allies on the “Christian” right, who are
convinced that only they themselves should be allowed to in this world
and the next.
This is hardly to apologize for Israel’s own record, which is appalling in
itself (and which has now become, as far as I’m concerned, completely
nauseating). Nor could anyone deny that the US and Israel have acted
in disastrous partnership, especially throughout Bush & Co.’s “war on terror.”
My point is simply to refute the ancient, mad assumption that “the Jews”
are the vast evil force covertly calling all Bush/Cheney’s shots. That
delusion is not just offensive, but extremely dangerous, as it invites us
to ignore the threats posed by the world’s most dangerous regime, and,
instead, to take up arms against a devilish network that does not exist.
US neocons hoped Israel would attack Syria
Israel considered expansion of conflict in Lebanon ‘nuts.’
The White House, and in particular White House advisors who belong to the neoconservative movement, allegedly encouraged Israel to attack Syria as an expansion of its action against Hizbullah, in Lebanon. The progressive opinion and news site ConsortiumNews.com reported Monday that Israeli sources say Israel’s “leadership balked at the scheme.”
One Israeli source said [US President George] Bush’s interest in spreading the war to Syria was considered “nuts” by some senior Israeli officials, although Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has generally shared Bush’s hard-line strategy against Islamic militants.
After rebuffing Bush’s suggestion about attacking Syria, the Israeli government settled on a strategy of mounting a major assault in southern Lebanon aimed at rooting out Hizbullah guerrillas who have been firing Katyusha rockets into northern Israel.