Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A criticism of Israel

I know that Israel is in a very tenuous position when it comes to the Russian invasion of Georgia: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1218446176372&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull. On one hand, it has long had friendly relations with Georgia, and has sold arms to it in the past. On the other, it needs all the friends it can get on the Security Council, and with the Russians contemplating the sale of highly advanced military technology to Irand and Syria, the thinking in Israel goes that maybe the Russians will remember the Israeli "balance" in discussing the war.

Well, that's bull, in my mind. First of all, the Russians ARE going to sell the weapons systems to the Iranians and Syrians. They may not do it immediately or publicly, but they will do it. Second, the Russians are and will continue to be pro-Palestinian. Israel's abandonment of its friend will have obtained nothing for the Jewish state, and Israel's leaders should be mindful of the fact that when one abandons one's friends for political expedience, a similar fate might await it.

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