America Abroad: Why Israel Should Thank Bush

Why Israel Should Thank Bush

George Bush has overthrown two foreign governments since becoming President. Toppling the dictatorial regime of Panama in December required 24,000 U.S. troops. Sending Israel's overwrought democracy into a nervous breakdown last month took only four words from Bush's lips.

Actually Israel was asking for it. Its political system has long been based on the adage that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, or at least my coalition partner. Since 1984 Israel has claimed to have a government of national unity, a misnomer if ever there was one. The odd couple of Likud and Labor never had a unified position,...

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