Israelis jumping ship on Iraq?
January 05, 2007
In addition to high-level cabinet members and the head of Israel's Shin Bet, Israelis who didn't get it before are coming to realize that the Iraq War was disastrous for them:
Even some of those who suffered directly from SaddamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brutality told the Forward that in retrospect, Israel was better off with him than without.
Baghdad-born Avraham Eini was a teenager when his father was arrested and tortured by SaddamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s security agents in the 1970s. "He later died of his wounds," said 54-year-old Eini, who had escaped with his family and settled in Ramat Gan. Two decades later, in 1991, Iraqi Scud missiles fell 200 yards from his house.
Eini said he felt a sense of "revenge and relief" when Saddam was executed last week. Yet, he said, "Israel would be safer today if Saddam stayed in power."Most interesting is this bit which turns the preposterous, but oft-repeated, BS that Israel somehow "got" America to go to war with Iraq. The U.S. is big and bad... but not when it comes to the bigger badder Jews scenario... (emphasis mine):
SaddamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death, [Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim] Sneh warned, could lead to "a reinforcement of Iranian influence in Iraq." He said that Iraq had turned into a "volcano of terror" following the war, with "destructive energies" that could spill over into Jordan and Israel.
Such misgivings, though rarely aired publicly for fear of offending Washington, reach high into IsraelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s security establishment. Yuval Diskin, director of the Shin Bet security service, told a group of students in a military preparatory program last May that Israel might come to regret its support for the American-led invasion in March 2003.There's also this interesting nugget. Although Saddam did reportedly send money to the families of suicide bombers in Palestine...
A few years into the Iran-Iraq war, however, Saddam moderated his anti-Israel stance. Some observers believe he merely hoped to curry favor with Washington. Others say that even so, it might have led to a thaw. Jews in Iraq were now protected by a special unit and had a phone number to call if harassed. "Nobody could touch us," said Emad Levy, who lived in Iraq at the time.