The Concept of “Greater Israel”

Let’s face it: Israel has always had as its goal the capture of the rich oil fields of the Middle East. In 1904 Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, wrote that the boundaries of the Jewish temporal state should reach “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” In other words, Israel would extend from Egypt’s fertile land at the mouth of the Nile River to the Euphrates and from Syria through Lebanon and Jordan into Saudi Arabia.

Today, Israel has come a long way from the tiny entity inspired by the Balfour Declaration of 1917. It has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the Middle East with the capability of accurately targeting them.

Israel covets the rich oil fields of the Middle East, especially those of Iraq. According to the Israel Firsters, in and out of the U.S. government, Iraq poses a monumental threat to the security of the United States, and its leader Saddam Hussein must be removed at all costs. And its oil wells, of course, turned over to a consortium of the Bush family and Israelis.

There’s another country in the Middle East that is very rich with oil and is also the target of Israeli wrath. That country is Saudi Arabia. On July 10, Laurent Murawiec, an international security analyst at the Rand Corporation, gave a policy briefing to the Defense Policy Board (DPB), and advisory panel at the Department of Defense. Chairman, of the DPB is Richard Perle, a longtime Israel Firster and one of the leading advocates for a U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Marawiec told the DPB that the United States should urge Saudi officials in the United States to refrain from making anti-American and anti-Israeli statements and “prosecute or isolate those involved in the terror chain, including the Saudi intelligence services.” If the Saudis did not comply, Saudi oil fields and overseas financial assets should be “targeted.”

According to some observers, the Marawiec briefing urged the destabilization of Saudi Arabia not only to facilitate the invasion of Iraq but eventual Israeli takeover of the oil fields of the Middle East.

The Defense Department regretted the leaking of the “briefing”. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said the briefing did not reflect the official views of the United States, especially the remarks that the United States regarded Saudi Arabia as anti-American and pro-terrorist.

Meanwhile, the war hawks, the Kristols (father Irving and son William), Richard Perle, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and a host of representatives and senators from both major political parties continue to beat the drums for war. The overriding issue is not whether to attack Iraq but when to attack. The American public must be adequately indoctrinated before any attack on Iraq could be successful. A declaration of war — as required by The Constitution — is not even considered.

As we go to press, the latest opinion polls of the Washington Post/ABC show that the public is moving steadily in the direction of all out support of the war-hawks but is not quite totally behind the aggression.

As for our close ally Britain, a poll of the British electorate shows the overwhelming majority of them to be against attacking Iraq. The United States would like some kind of cover such as the British would provide, but the powerful Israeli lobby, which controls a minimum of two-thirds of Congress at any time, keeps pressing for U.S. aggression against Iraq.

The last constitutionally declared war was World War II. All the wars that followed, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf and other incursions were undeclared wars.

Meanwhile there exists no reason to attack Iraq that stands up to examination. In fact, an attack on Iraq would make President Bush and his advisors war criminals under the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal of 1945. The German leaders were hanged for “waging aggressive war.”

Our military leaders assert the U.S. is not prepared and any invasion would meet with unwanted consequences. The United States would be taking on the whole Muslim world and left with one “ally,” Israel.


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Vince Ryan

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