Klein: War on Terror Has Hurt Israel

Hawks in the Bush administration were pro-Israel, but the results weren't
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2007 12:33 PM CDT
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(Newser) – "As a Jew, I am embarrassed by the role that so many prominent Jews have had in empowering the enemy," Joe Klein writes in a blog from Jerusalem, noting the number of neoconservatives in the Bush  war machine who had close ties to the Israeli government. Klein says the War on Terror they helped craft has  made Israel less secure.

"Your neo-conservatives have brought the forces of Islamic extremism to our country on three borders," he quotes a Likudnik saying, referring to  the empowerment of Hizbollah and Hamas in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. Klein notes  that their enthusiasm for Israel's unfortunate foray into Lebanon last summer was counter-productive as well.