America Abroad: How Israel Is Like Iraq

How Israel Is Like Iraq

To hear Saddam Hussein tell it, he and the leaders of Israel are involved in similar altercations with the United Nations over real estate. In most respects, the comparison is as invalid as it is invidious. Most, but alas, not all.

Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip began 23 years ago quite differently from Iraq's annexation of Kuwait in August. Jordan attacked Israel and forfeited the West Bank. A series of Labor-led governments held on to the territory for two defensible reasons: as a buffer against another Arab onslaught and for bargaining leverage in negotiations.

But once...

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