• Lebanon
  • August 14, 2006
  • 27 minutes read

Neo-conservatives want Olmert to attack Syria

According to the American Christian Science Monitor newspaper, the Israeli occupation government had turned down tremendous pressures from the neo-conservatives in the American administration to expand its current aggression on Lebanon to include Syria.

Israel, according to the paper, considered any attempt in this regard as “political foolishness and military adventure”.

Such Israeli rejection, the paper added, irked many of the neo-conservatives who started to direct their arrows at Olmert for marring their plans of attacking Syria that they drew since 1998 during Binyamin Netanhayu’s term in office; but the latter left the office not long after being presented with the plans.

Meanwhile, the Hebrew Ha’aretz newspaper asserted that the American administration has assured Olmert of doing all it could to prevent any new invitation calling for Israel’s pullout from the Lebanese Sheba Farms even if the UN secretary-general Kofi Annan ruled that the Farms were Lebanese.

Israeli political analysts, including Gideon Levy, opined that Israel’s defeat in Lebanon was something good that will push Israel to think twice before hastily entering in new uncalculated military adventures; and to solve its problems with “neighbors” peacefully.

Former Israeli justice minister Yossi Belen urged Olmert to form an investigation committee to examine reasons behind the bitter defeat Israel sustained in its current war on Lebanon, adding that the war unveiled the big gaps in the Israeli community.

Key figures

Irving KristolNorman PodhoretzPaul WolfowitzRichard PerleDouglas FeithLewis LibbyJohn BoltonElliott AbramsRobert KaganMichael LedeenWilliam KristolFrank Gaffney Jr.

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William Kristol

William Kristol

Son of “godfather” of neoconservatism Irving Kristol, Bill Kristol is currently chairman of the Project for a New American Century, which he co-founded with leading neoconservative writer Robert Kagan. He is also editor of the influential Weekly Standard.

Like other neoconservatives Frank Gaffney Jr. and Elliott Abrams, Kristol worked for hawkish Democratic Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson. But by 1976, he became a Republican. he served as chief of staff to Education Secretary William Bennett during the Reagan administration and chief of staff to former Vice President Dan Quayle during the George H. W. Bush presidency.

Kristol continuously called for Saddam Hussein’s ouster since the 1991 Gulf War. With the like-minded Lawrence Kaplan, Kristol co-wrote “The War Over Iraq: Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission.” He is on the board of advisers of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, established as a counterterrorist think tank after 9/11.

  • 1 Neoconservative: Definition and views

  • 2 History and origins of neoconservatism

  • 3 Administration of George W. Bush

  • 4 Criticism of neoconservatism

  • 5 Related publications and institutions

  • 6 References in popular culture
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 Further reading
  • 10 External links

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