[lit-ideas] Is Bush good for Israel ?

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 03:40:14 -0700 (PDT)

"A growing debate within Israel over whether US
President George W Bush's Middle East policies really
serve the interests of the Jewish state has spread to
Washington, where influential voices within the US
Jewish community are questioning the administration's
hardline positions in the region. 

Coming in the wake of the month-long war between
Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah, during which
Washington provided virtually unconditional support
and encouragement to Israel, the debate
has focused initially on the wisdom of Bush's efforts
to isolate, rather than engage, Syria, the
indispensable link in the military supply chain
between Iran and the Shi'ite militia. 

But the debate over Syria policy may mark the launch
of a broader challenge among Israel's supporters in
the US to the Bush administration's reliance on
unilateralism, military power and ''regime change'' in
the Middle East, whose most fervent champions have
been neo-conservatives and the right-wing leadership
of the so-called "Israel lobby". "


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