Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Cabinet the administration of George Bush is “especially friendly” to the people of Israel. He told them Israel could not be certain the next American administration would be as supportive as that of Bush so it is necessary to take actions now in order to protect against any future possibility. “Therefore the element of time hold special importance(because things won’[t necessarily be the same) with the next government.” After all, pointed out the prime minister, “we don’t know what will happen with the next U.S. government.” However, he stated his belief any American president will “preserve the special friendship” with Israel.
Many neo-conservatives have argued George Bush has been a friend to Israel. Has he? Is Israel in 2008 more or less secure than what it was in January, 2001? The evidence is overwhelming most Israelis feel more insecure over the past few years. The Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq has also been a disaster for Israel by creating new powerful militant organizations. Bush encouraged Israel to follow its misguided no talk with Hamas which has only worsened the situation. Perhaps, neo-conservatives can provide evidence George Bush has improved the security of Israel and its chances to negotiate peace with Palestinians. This blog can not find any such evidence. The best thing any American president can do to assist Israel become more secure is to encourage genuine compromise and ceasing further construction in the West Bank or in E. Jerusalem.