Note: This article was published nearly two months before the reccent spasm of threats against Syria. The partnership between the US and Israel, between Ariel Sharon and George Bush, is not sufficiently understood and hardly ever discussed in the American media.
U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton ... said in meetings with Israeli
officials that he had no doubt America would attack Iraq, and that it would
be necessary thereafter to deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North
Sharon says U.S. should also disarm Iran, Libya
Tuesday, February 18, 2003 Adar1 16, 5763
By Aluf Benn
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that Iran, Libya and Syria should
be stripped of weapons of mass destruction after Iraq. "These are
irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons mass destruction,
and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to
achieve," Sharon said to a visiting delegation of American congressmen.
Sharon told the congressmen that Israel was not involved in the war with
Iraq "but the American action is of vital importance."
In a meeting with U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton yesterday, Sharon
said that Israel was concerned about the security threat posed by Iran, and
stressed that it was important to deal with Iran even while American
attention was focused on Iraq.
Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials that he had no doubt America
would attack Iraq, and that it would be necessary thereafter to deal with
threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea.
Bolton, who is undersecretary for arms control and international security,
is in Israel for meetings on preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass
Bolton said Syria would get a chance to prove it was behaving in a way
worthy of the international community and that dealing with North Korea had
not been pushed aside, but postponed.
Bolton said the United States was striving to get a new UN Security Council
resolution regarding Iraq and that the result of the vote would affect the
U.S.'s relations with Western Europe and Russia, after the war in Iraq.
Bolton also met with Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Housing and
Construction Minister Natan Sharansky.
Sharansky warned Bolton that the Quartet's (U.S., UN, European Union and
Russia) plan for the Israelis and Palestinians deviated from President