US paying ‘price in blood’ for Israel-Palestine conflict, say ex-CIA officers
January 21, 2011 7 Comments
By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
Two former CIA officers have warned that America will continue “paying an increasing price in blood” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and urged the White House to directly meddle in domestic Israeli politics in order to help end the dispute. Speaking on Thursday at a conference on achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace, Bruce Riedel and Frank Anderson, whose combined CIA careers span 55 years, agreed that a new all-out war between Israel and the Palestinians would be inevitable unless the United States aggressively “puts down its own map of a two-state solution”. Anderson, who is currently President at the Middle East Policy Council, opined that America is “paying an increasing price in blood for [the Israelis’ and the Palestinians’] failure and refusal to reach an agreement”. Riedel, who is Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, argued that “American lives are being lost today” due to the conflict’s impact on American national security. He further explained that the unresolved dispute forms the basis of “the ideology and narrative” of al-Qaeda’s animosity against the United States. Both speakers agreed that Washington has a moral and strategic obligation to interfere in Israel’s domestic political process in order to sideline hardliners who reject any settlement with Palestinian group Fatah. A third speaker, Philip Wilcox, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace and former US Consul General to Jerusalem, agreed with the former CIA officers and urged participants to “remember that the government of Israel interferes daily in American affairs”. The conference was organized by the Washington-based Middle East Policy Council, which was founded in 1981 by Richard Curtiss and George Naifeh.