To add to Levy's excellent critique, even Israelis who favour the neocon agenda must bear in mind that it is not one which looks set for a long life in the US. The signs are pointing towards its demise at the next elections, either at the hands of the Democrats or, perhaps even the internationalist Republicans. Hitching one's cart so irredeemably to a dying horse, no matter how big, is guaranteed to see you in the ditch. Americans are fed up with the war in Iraq, increasingly seen there as foolish adventurism. They have powerful reasons, given their dependence on oil, to keep in good favour with the Arab world, if they aren't able to simply control it through force of arms. A belligerent Israel, tied to policies of a discredited former US administration, in a world in which energy politics are going to become even more important, with a new administration focused on the economic problems at home, looks very lonely to me.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)
from the article: Ending the neoconservative nightmare