War in Iraq is Bad for Israel
Two recent posts at CampusJ from Jewish student journalists indicate the possibility of a new consensus arising among both Israeli and pro-Israel politicians that the war in Iraq is having disastrous consequences for Israeli security.
Speaking last night at Indiana University, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak took a negative stance towards the Iraq war, stating: “The country gradually deteriorates to civil war [and] the US presence is more and more a part of the problem and not the solution.”
Likewise, at Yeshiva University last week, former ambassador to Egypt and Israel Dan Kurtzer called for an immediate pullout from Iraq:
Kurtzer explained that while the U.S.’s initial success in Iraq in 2003 had gained Israeli support for the war because it shattered the long-feared Eastern Front, removing the possibility that Iraq would build an Arab coalition across the Jordan River into Israel, the current situation in Iraq poses new “direct and indirect threats to Israel.” He cited the unrest and unpredictability of the region as having a heavy impact on Israel, and reiterated that the U.S. must withdraw from Iraq so that it would be able to address other issues in the international arena.