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Commentary :: International
The Israeli origins of Bush II's war
30 Apr 2005
In short, the benefits derived by the United States from its Middle East military adventure are highly questionable; but that is easily understood if one recognizes that the policy the Bush II administration has pursued did not originate as one to benefit the interests of the United States but rather to benefit those of Israel, as those interests have been perceived by the Israeli Right.
The Israeli origins of Bush II's war


While the neoconservatives were the driving force behind the American invasion of Iraq and the consequent efforts to bring about regime change throughout the Middle East, the idea for such a war did not originate with American neocon thinkers but rather in Israel. An obvious linkage exists between the war position of the neocons and what has long been a strategy of the Israeli Right and, to a lesser extent, of the Israeli mainstream.

The idea of a Middle East war had been bandied about in Israel for many years as a means of enhancing Israeli security. War would serve two purposes. It would enhance Israel's external security by weakening and splintering Israel's neighbors. Moreover, such a war and the consequent weakening of Israel's external enemies could help resolve the internal Palestinian demographic problem, since the Palestinian resistance has derived material and moral support from Israel's neighboring states.

A brief look at the history of the Zionist movement and its goals will help to provide an understanding of this issue. The Zionist goal of creating an exclusive Jewish state in Palestine was complicated by the fundamental problem that the country was already settled with a mostly non-Jewish population. Despite public rhetoric to the contrary, the idea of expelling the indigenous Palestinian population (euphemistically referred to as a "transfer") was an integral part of the Zionist effort to found a Jewish national state in Palestine.

"The idea of transfer had accompanied the Zionist movement from its very beginnings, first appearing in Theodore Herzl's diary," Israeli historian Tom Segev observes. "In practice, the Zionists began executing a mini-transfer from the time they began purchasing the land and evacuating the Arab tenants.... 'Disappearing' the Arabs lay at the heart of the Zionist dream, and was also a necessary condition of its existence.... With few exceptions, none of the Zionists disputed the desirability of forced transfer — or its morality." However, the Zionist leaders learned not to publicly proclaim their goal of mass expulsion because "this would cause the Zionists to lose the world's sympathy." [1]
Yinon's 1982 prediction that war would bring about the religious/ethnic fragmentation of Iraq fits nicely with what actually occurred in the aftermath of the 2003 U.S. invasion. Certainly his forecast was far closer to being accurate than the neocons' rosy public prognostications, before the invasion, about the easy engineering of Iraqi democracy. But from the Likudnik perspective, the reality of a conquered Iraq was much to be preferred to the neocon pipe dream. It comes as no surprise, then, that Israel has developed close ties with the Kurdish separatists. [14]

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Re: The Israeli origins of Bush II's war
01 May 2005
Not sure which makes less sense, the article or the comment about the "Devil's brainwashing scheme". [Editor's note: Ash is referring to a post that was hidden because of anti-Semitic content.]
Good Article
02 May 2005
But all one needs to research are the thousands of calls in the Israeli media made before the Iraq war for the U.S. to go genocidal on Iran. There were plenty of stories every single day in the Jerusalem Post and even Haaretz cheering on the U.S. war march on Iraq. There's a virtual replay of the same articles now calling for war with Syria and Iran. I, for one, am sick of my tax money and country's military being used to pay for Israel's racist Middle East policies. That's not a "troll," but a legitimate complaint.
Re: The Israeli origins of Bush II's war
03 May 2005
Given the level of overt AIPAC influence upon the US political environment it's absurd to think otherwise, frankly. I would be tempted to say that this article is nothing more than "Well duh." except for the fact that evidently so many people seem to be in denial of the obvious.
If Americans Only Knew...
03 May 2005
Everything you need to know-