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GI Israel Position Paper: Is Bush Good for Israel?

GI Israel Position Paper: Is Bush Good for Israel?
Date: 08.01.08

Ahead of U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Israel, Geneva Initiative's position is as follows:

  1. The U.S. president must exert his status and power in order to assist Israelis and Palestinians in arriving at a final status agreement by the end of his term. A true friend of Israel must understand that the best way to safeguard its security and its future is through arriving at an Israeli-Palestinian agreement.
  2. The best way to help guard Israel from the Iranian threat is to create normalized relations between Arab states and Israel. Such normalized relations would render the Iranian president's efforts to rally the Arab world against Israel irrelevant, and would allow Israel's neighboring Arab states to devote all their efforts to handling Islamic fundamentalism, which harms them and the entire world. In order to do this, the U.S. president must refrain from blatantly stating his country's support for Israel against Iran, and instead present the Iranian threat as a cross-global problem.
  3. The "warmth" of the U.S. president's friendship to Israel should be assessed with a comprehensive historical perspective and not in time- and situation-specific terms. In hindsight, it would appear that Jimmy Carter, who was not considered very pro-Israel at the time, made a great contribution to Israel's security through his role in reaching the peace agreement with Egypt. On the other hand, while George Bush is considered a close friend to Israel, during his period in office Hamas gained more power, extremist bodies in the region became stronger, the Second Lebanon War broke out, most of the second Intifada took place, and more. In order to be considered a true friend to Israel, in order to make a substantial contribution to Israel's security and earn a slot in the history books as the man responsible for bringing about a significant change in Israel's status, George Bush must help bring about peace.