Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Israel's gotten too big for its britches

February 14, 2006
U.S. and Israelis Are Said to Talk of Hamas Ouster
JERUSALEM, Feb. 14 — The United States and Israel are discussing ways to destabilize the Palestinian government so that newly elected Hamas officials will fail and elections will be called again, according to Israeli officials and Western diplomats. The intention is to starve the Palestinian Authority of money and international connections to the point where, some months from now, its president, Mahmoud Abbas, is compelled to call a new election. The hope is that Palestinians will be so unhappy with life under Hamas that they will return to office a reformed and chastened Fatah movement.
As a Jew, a Zionist and an American I am appalled by this coarse attempt to destroy a genuinely elected government which came to power to replace corruption with better government.

Hamas is no different than Israel's pre-state underground armies, Haganna, Irgun, and the Stern Gang, which fought the British during the Mandate. Once Israel achieved independence, they merged to form the Israel Defense Forces. Hamas is now trying to do the same thing by disarming the Gaza population.

Think the problem is Israel's political influence over this administration is far too great. Pains me to openly harshly criticize Israel. It's long term interests are better served by a trip to woodshed now rather than face truly disasterous consequences later should the American public come to view Israel as a liability rather than an ally.
Haaretz reader Mark Linclon's comments on Hamas mirror mine.


Mark Klein

Israel`s Washington lobbyists are the troublemakers behind the administration`s totally brain dead attempts to destabilize the new Hamas government. Jerusalem should replace them.

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