15 May 2009
No, of course not. If Israel is preparing an attack on Iran, the element of surprise will be important. Nothing like broadcasting the precise date and time hither and yon in Washington. The Israelis have trusted the Americans with certain information before. There was the famous case of the spies for Israel who were seized and killed, in Syria, because Secretary Baker, on a trip to Damascus, showing off for his host, dropped the names of the spies to the Syrian officials.
And why stop there? Why should Israel not turn over all of its most important secrets to the American government, which -- in Iraq, in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, and now with its attempts to appease the Islamic Republic of Iran (not to be confused with Iran), and its support for Turkey's admission to the U.N., and its bland inattention to the Money Weapon, campaigns of Da'wa, and demographic conquest in the historic heart of the West, Western Europe, shows just how intelligent, just how understanding of the meaning and menace of Islam, it is. Yes, by all means, tell Leon Panetta, like the client state the Americans apparently think Israel should become, and if pushed back into the 1949 Armistice Lines (the lines the Arabs refused to recognize as borders, despite an offer that Israel is under no obligation to hold open forever, as students of Offer-and-Acceptance in First Year Contracts know perfectly well), that is what even Abba Evan called "the lines of Auschwitz," will in truth become.
The American government, when it comes to Islam, does not know where to put its feet or hands. But when it comes to bullying Israel, to endangering Israel by limiting, in every way, the scope of its liberty to act, -- ah, there it can do all kinds of things. There, there is no stopping it.