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Don't isolate Israel - use it
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: NEILL LOCHERY
Date: Sep 1, 2002
Start Page: 06
Section: Opinion
Abstract (Document Summary)

EVEN A conventional attack by Iraq would bring an Israeli military response. One of the myths of the Persian Gulf War was that President Bush managed to keep Israel out of the war with a mixture of the political carrot and stick. We have since learned that Israel remained out of the war due to a secret deal struck by the then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, and king [Saddam Hussein] of Jordan, in which Shamir promised not to violate Jordanian territory (land or air).

The most obvious use of Israel would be in the intelligence field. Despite improvements on the ground since September 11th, US intelligence gathering remains very weak. Over-reliance on intelligence gathered from technical sources, such as spy satellites, over human intelligence gathered by agents on the ground remains a key problem. Israel's two main intelligence agencies, Mossad and IDF intelligence, have a far clearer picture of what is going on inside Iraq - particularly the strengths of the opposition parties. In terms of military operations Israel could contribute to the widely expected air campaign, and by employing its special forces to destroy Iraqi mobile missile sites on the ground.

Israel exists in a dangerous neighborhood and is keen to contribute whatever it can to the campaign to remove a vicious dictator from its doorstep. President Bush should, if he has not done so already, give the order to his military advisors to involve Israel in the planning and execution of the war. The brutal truth is that this will be Israel's war as much as America's.

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