Winograd Commission Report Whitewashes London/Washington Role
May 4 (EIRNS) Daniel Levy, an Israeli Middle East expert who has served in previous Labor governments in Israel and who is now resident at the New America Foundation in Washington, presented his assessment of the interim report of the Winograd Commission on Israel's war in Lebanon, last summer.
Levy, who is probably one of the few people in Washington who has read the full 180 page Hebrew-language report, told his audience that, among other things, the report says that in the years prior to 2006 Israeli policy was neither to prepare for war on its northern border, nor to actively pursue peace, both of which are integrally linked with Syria.
The report says "that the one thing you couldn't do is neither," he said. Levy then pointed directly to the role of the Bush Administration in not pursuing peace with Syria.
"There was a clear direction of policy that both Washington and Jerusalem were on board for was not engaging with Syria," he said.
Levy noted that for some time Syria's Bashar al-Asad has been saying "let's have a peace process," and warned that if there isn't going to be a peace process, Syria may consider other options for recovering the Golan Heights."
Another indication that Levy noted of the possible US role was the fact that Bush Administration National Security Council officials Elliott Abrams and David Welch happened to be in Israel at the time that the war started, supposed to discuss Palestinian matters.
He said that foreign minister Tzipi Livni had clarified in meetings with Abrams and Welch that Israel would not extend the theater of war to Syria.
However, there have been reports claiming that Abrams "encouraged or made clear" that, in fact, the US would not view unfavorably extending the war to Syria.
As EIR has documented, the war occurred soon after a meeting of Benjamin Netanyahu and Dick Cheney at a conference of the American Enterprise Institute in Colorado.