U.S. stands alone in defending Israel
Critics say U.S. has not paid enough attention to Israel-Lebanon relations
By Andrea Mitchell
Chief foreign affairs correspondent
Updated: 4:29 p.m. PT July 13, 2006
WASHINGTON - In Germany on Thursday, President Bush strongly supported Israel's right to defend itself, blaming Syria for harboring terror groups active in both Lebanon and Gaza.
"Syria needs to be held to account,” Bush says. “Syria is housing the militant wing of Hamas. Hezbollah has got an active presence in Syria."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice blamed Iran as well, but Thursday night cautioned Israel not to go too far.
"The point about restraint, I think, has been taken by our Israeli colleagues,” Rice says.
But all day, the U.S. was alone in defending Israel. At the U.N., the U.S. exercised the sole veto against a resolution condemning Israel's Gaza incursion.
The European Union called Israel's attacks on Lebanon “disproportionate."
In fact, diplomatic sources tell NBC that Israel has been looking for an excuse to clean out Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon after weeks of rocket attacks into Israel.
What role has the U.S. played? Today, U.S. diplomat David Welch arrived in Israel, but critics say too late — 17 days after the first Israeli soldier was captured.
And Rice has not been to Israel or the Palestinian territories since last November.
"I think it’s really inexplicable,” says James Steinberg, dean of the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas. “There’s been some sense that if they get involved and fail, that somehow it will lessen American credibility. But I think the opposite is true. That American credibility has been damaged by our willingness to get involved.”
Thursday night, critics in both parties say the administration has been so focused on Iraq and Afghanistan it has failed to pay enough attention to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Gee there is this thing called history. We can point out that the Saxons did the same to England, then the Normans, then the Americans to the natives, England to the Irish, Romans to the you name it, egyptians to the Jews, countless times it has happened. Thats history, strong survive, weak get moved.leisure said:Do any of you know the history of the Palestinians? Most of them got kicked off their land in 1947 by Israel after the first war and went to Jordan, Lebanon and the rest of the world…literally MILLIONS! Those that stayed were forced into UN Camps in GAZA and some on the West Bank were BTW many of them still live to this very day! While they live in these camps they look overhead everyday at jumbo jets filled with Russian Jews arriving in Israel to take their place. Can you understand why they are pizzed?
I am not siding with them but it does help if you understand both sides of the story as DOG suggested.
wordConcudan said:Gee there is this thing called history. We can point out that the Saxons did the same to England, then the Normans, then the Americans to the natives, England to the Irish, Romans to the you name it, egyptians to the Jews, countless times it has happened. Thats history, strong survive, weak get moved.
To strap a bomb to your back and go kill women and children for something that happened before your parents were born is just asinine and has no excuse.
ANd it's our money and weapons they're doing it with too.PostAnteaterCharger said:Israelis have finally had enough
they realized that no matter what they do, they're going to get a chunk of the world to come down on them for whatever, even if its to end terrorist attacks in their area. so they decided go in there and finish the job completely because there's nothing else that will get them help from the rest of the world.