Newsweek Article Suggests Appointing Bush as U.S. Mideast Envoy

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Gregory Levey suggested in the Newsweek today that President Obama should appoint George W. Bush as his Mideast envoy to gain the trust of Israelis in order achieve the American “wish list” with the Israeli Government. The “full-court press” wishes are the following:

They want Israel to stop expanding settlements; to stop building Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem; and for hawks in the government to chill out while the U.S. is negotiating with Iran.

So Mr. Levey suggests that the U.S. needs to acquire Israeli trust in order to stop the illegal settlements, illegal Judaization of Jerusalem, and to have Israeli permission to have talks with Iran. The absurdity of his suggestion is only matched by a fact he mentions to justify his outrageous suggestion:

In the history of U.S.-Israel relations, probably no president has earned adoration and unequivocal trust from Israel like Bush.

It strikes me that the U.S. President that was considered by the rest of the world as the worst (and most stupid) U.S president in history was the most popular among the Israelis. His achievements were: dragging the U.S. into two pointless wars and promoting anti-American sentiment in the world like never before, and right before his second term was over he practically destroyed the American economy to the extent they had to borrow astronomical sums of money from CHINA to keep the economy going. Of course he was rewarded by a flood of jokes on his expense by late night comedy shows and a sewage plant that was honorably named after him.

Yet of course:, Levey continues with another gem:

During the Bush years, Israelis were consistently among the few foreign populations that gave the American president high approval marks—often in far greater proportion than Americans themselves.

It appears, according to Levey, that the measure of a good American president is how much the Israelis love him, regardless of the catastrophes he brings onto the very people who elected him. After all, voters are dismissible once the elections are won. A better alternative would be that Bush becomes the  honorary Israeli president since he has unprecedented approval rates there and they’re practically fawning over him, although I’m sure the trend would be reversed if this were really to happen . This alternative suggestion, though absurd, is a much superior solution to the Middle East problems than Mr. Levey’s well-thought-well-written plan.




  1. Sasa says:

    It’s a very interesting idea.

    Making the US an enemy of Israel is in no-one’s interest.

    It is just like the Turkish situation. Turkey is no use to Syria as a mediator if Israel feels like Turkey is behaving in an anti-Israeli way. Turkey is very unlikely to be a Syria-Israel mediator now.

    And similarly, Obama is on dangerous ground if Israel feels like it is backed into a corner. Why? Because Israel will behave even more irrationally than it already is.

    Of course, Obama has one powerful chip – he can cut off aid to Israel. But at the same time, he might as well cut off his own head.

    • Anas says:

      Hey Sasa,

      Are you actually agreeing with the article? I hope you were being sarcastic.

      Obama hasn’t asked Israel anything that previous administrations didn’t. The U.S. policy was always, even if in words only, against settlements. Also, what success in any peace negotiations do you expect if Israel wasn’t cornered a little bit? If the Arabs were to give the Israelis all what they want there would be no need for a mediator in the negotiations anyway.

      As you said, cutting aid to Israel is not an option by any means. Showing American that that aid is taken away from their taxes and health care and then letting them decide for themselves what Israel offers back as an ally is actually the Chip that can be played.

  2. Sasa says:

    I think before Bush works as an envoy, he should first face trial in The Hague.

    Bush was never against settlements – he said that Palestinians must accept the large colonial blocks as a reality which can’t be undone. I think it was a speech in April 2004. I still remember the date because I had such a sense of profound shock that this red-neck was undoing stated US policy for a generation.

    Israel will never go into negotiations feeling cornered. It will only do so when it has something to gain. Negotiations are a luxury for Israel – it does not need to earn security or peace at the negotiating table, it has the world’s 5th strongest army to do that.

    But I completely agree with you – as soon as American voters understand the situation, Senators will come under pressure to pull back those aid dollars. Majorities of people in only three countries in the world support Israel: Russia (weirdly!), Israel and America.

    It’s time to change that.

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  6. Avirex says:

    I think before Bush works as an envoy, he should first face trial in The Hague.

    Bush was never against settlements – he said that Palestinians must accept the large colonial blocks as a reality which can't be undone. I think it was a speech in April 2004. I still remember the date because I had such a sense of profound shock that this red-neck was undoing stated US policy for a generation.

    Israel will never go into negotiations feeling cornered. It will only do so when it has something to gain. Negotiations are a luxury for Israel – it does not need to earn security or peace at the negotiating table, it has the world's 5th strongest army to do that.

    But I completely agree with you – as soon as American voters understand the situation, Senators will come under pressure to pull back those aid dollars. Majorities of people in only three countries in the world support Israel: Russia (weirdly!), Israel and America.

    It's time to change that.;. All the best!!

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