According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
In the same paper, an article by Con Coughlin outlines Israel's determination to defend herself. A senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is quoted as saying, "After the September 11 attacks, we now live in an age of pre-emption. The Jewish people have not forgotten the last time the world watched and did nothing. We are determined that shall never happen again."
Still Ephraim Sneh, Israel's Deputy Defense Minister, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the report of negotiating for an air corridor over Iraq was incorrect. "This is baseless information," Sneh said. "Maybe people like to divert (attention from) the need for immediate economic sanctions (with) stories about imminent Israeli action, which is not on the agenda."
What is the truth? Israel certainly must be pursuing alternatives and options in case she is left to fend for herself. And, it is a likely scenario that the world leaders will wash their hands like Pilate and do nothing. One can already see many politicians in this nation attempting to distance themselves from any responsibility for Israel's security. The UN is, as usual, an annoying distraction.
I think the real question to be asked is will we open Iraqi air space to Israel. I believe Bush would, but Hillary, Obama or John Edwards? The next presidential election could decide the fate of not just Israel, but America as well. If we wind up with a debacle similar to 2006, heaven help the free world and Western civilization.