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December 23, 2002

Israel will not fight in the US-led Iraqi war

This headline was a surprise. I thought I had read earlier headlines reporting Israel's declaration that they would fight if attacked. They already showed remarkable restraint in the Gulf War, so I was actually looking forward to them demonstrating their capabilities, not that they haven't so very well already.
Senior U.S. officials told Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz that the U.S. has decided that Israel will not be involved in the war against Iraq even if Iraq launches a missile attack against Israel.

Instead, the United States will provide for Israel's security should such an attack take place
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Then this in the article:
In Gaza, PA officials criticized the Bush administration for failing to adopt the roadmap plan. The delay causes "a political vacuum in the region," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Thursday.
Que? Do they even know what a political vaccuum is? They will when Arafat is gone, and Fatah will need that map to light the Molotov cocktail they throw at Hamas.
Cross-posted at Prolegomena