ARAB SUMMIT AGAINST ISRAEL: “Arab leaders open their annual summit on Saturday determined to send a clear message to Israel that any plan to “Judaise” Jerusalem would spell doom for the Middle East peace process,” reports Agence France Presse today. “The summit is the first to be hosted by Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, the longest-serving Arab head of state who considers Israel the ‘enemy’ and has frequently lambasted Arab countries who seek peace with the Jewish state.”
CONGRESS VS. WHITE HOUSE ON ISRAEL ISSUE: Meanwhile, the contrast between the pro-Israel end of Washington, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue (Congress) and the hostile end of Pennsylvania Avenue (the White House) continues to become sharper.While only 9% of Israelis believe President Obama is pro-Israel, “nearly 300 members of Congress have signed on to a declaration reaffirming their commitment to ‘the unbreakable bond that exists between [U.S.] and the State of Israel,’ in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” reports Haaretz.
NEW YORK TIMES IMAGINES AN ISRAELI STRIKE ON IRAN: “In 1981, Israel destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor at Osirak, declaring it could not live with the chance the country would get a nuclear weapons capability,” begins a must-read article in the New York Times. “In 2007, it wiped out a North Korean-built reactor in Syria. And the next year, the Israelis secretly asked the Bush administration for the equipment and overflight rights they might need some day to strike Iran’s much better-hidden, better-defended nuclear sites. They were turned down, but the request added urgency to the question: Would Israel take the risk of a strike? And if so, what would follow?”