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    • Ilan Toren
    • 03.05.05 | 10:25 (IDT)

    To a great extent the relative success of George Bush's foreign policy and the extent that Europe now feels threatened from Islam has brought the EU and the UN more in line with Israel's world view. To be sure the logistics involved in keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons (and even the US would have a hard time with the military option) has forced Israel to work pragmatically and in concert with the UN. Of course the disengagement is a convenient fig leaf for the EU since it can be portrayed as a "peace plan" (and neither the Israeli nor world public are quite sure what to think of the new Sharon). In any case it puts off the whole issue for 6 months which for politicians is about 3 months farther then they can think ahead. It might be added that the worst thing Israel could do if it indeed thinks that it has to attack Iran is to say publically that it intends to do so. Now that Syria will have ground to air missles there is no easy way for Israel to do so without harming Jordan. With Syria out of Lebanon (mostly) there is hope that Lebanon will force Hezbolla to remove it's missles from the Israeli border. Then Iran's incentive to use the nuclear weapons would be decreased.

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    First published 00:00 03.05.05 | Last updated 00:00 03.05.05
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