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November 08, 2002

Israel's Leverage

It seems that everyone is confident that Israel will be attacked if the US attacks Iraq. Iraq's immediate threat to the US is less than Iraq's threat to Israel if Iraq is attacked. Therefore, it would seem that Israel should have a key say in whether or not the US attacks Iraq. If Israel began to express official doubts, the Europeans and NYT-like press would eat it up. Basically, Israel could use the potential opposition to blackmail the US. For all we do for Israel, we do pretty much the same or more for Egypt or Arabia when you take into account what these latter to countries have done to the US. Notice Israel does not use this tool.n Is Israel a better ally of the US than the US is of Israel?