Let Israel attack Syria

The reality is that Israel has, since its rebirth in 1948, been a proxy for the United States.

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September 8, 2013 16:09
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IAF F-15s refueling midflight [file]

IAF F-15s refueling midflight 390 (R). (photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)

President Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s most brilliant minds, recently told me that the wars of the twenty-first century are proxy wars: that superpowers would no longer engage in face-to-face combat, but use proxies to achieve their goals.

The reality is that Israel has, since its rebirth in 1948, been a proxy for the United States. It has been engaged by the US government for decades to deter communism, and did a spectacular job. By doing so, it has kept the US out of the Middle East, a don’t ask, don’t tell policy. After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the death of almost 7,000 US troops, the American people have little appetite for another war in the region.

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