Thursday, August 29, 2013

Syria: Israel Between a Rock and a Hard Place
August 29, 2013

The current news cycle is, unsurprisingly, dominated by Syria and the increasing probability of a US-led military strike in reaction to President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.
HonestReporting will be there monitoring the media to make sure that all angles concerning Israel are covered fairly and accurately and giving you the relevant information and stories.
Particularly as Israel may be unable to avoid playing some part in this fluid situation despite her stated wish to stay out of the Syrian imbroglio.
Illustrative of the dilemmas facing Israel is this headline from Politico:
While there will always be those who will blame Israel for virtually anything and everything (British MP George Galloway even accused Israel of supplying chemical weapons to al-Qaeda in Syria), the current conundrum over action against Syria places Israel between a rock and a hard place.
Particularly in reference to Iraq, Israel’s detractors have resorted to accusations, some wrapped in anti-Semitic tropes, of a hidden hand or puppet master pushing the U.S. into Mideast wars. Openly support Western military intervention and Israel will, once again, be portrayed as a warmonger and held partially responsible for any fallout or failures that may occur as a result of a Syrian campaign.
On the other hand, there is no good outcome for Israel. While the removal of Assad and the resultant clipping of Iranian and Hezbollah wings would be welcome, the prospect of an anarchic Syrian state dominated by jihadists and terror organizations right on the Israeli border is not a desirable outcome.
But what if Israel or the so-called “Israel lobby” is silent? Could the headline above imply that not only is Israel not prepared to publicly back its greatest ally but also that it takes no moral stand against the Syrian use of chemical weapons?

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