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July 19, 2006

Bush Proposes Timetable For Israel?

So the Drudge headline blared last night-- that Bush had given Israel just one week to fight Hezbollah.

The sourcing for this claim is just speculation by an unnamed European diploweenie, though.

The US is giving Israel a window of a week to inflict maximum damage on Hizbullah before weighing in behind international calls for a ceasefire in Lebanon, according to British, European and Israeli sources. The Bush administration, backed by Britain, has blocked efforts for an immediate halt to the fighting initiated at the UN security council, the G8 summit in St Petersburg and the European foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels.

"It's clear the Americans have given the Israelis the green light. They [the Israeli attacks] will be allowed to go on longer, perhaps for another week," a senior European official said yesterday. Diplomatic sources said there was a clear time limit, partly dictated by fears that a prolonged conflict could spin out of control.

I find it hard to believe Israel needed a "Green Light" to attack anyone when rockets were raining down on their city, or that Bush can somehow use the mighty power of diplomacy to persuade them to stop fighting when missiles are still killing their people.


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