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LaRouche: The Only `Threat' to Israel Is an Outbreak of Peace

Dec. 30, 2008 (EIRNS)—This release was issued today by the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee (LPAC).

Lyndon LaRouche today denounced the Israeli military attack on the Gaza Strip as an act of "supreme insanity," that could lead to the destruction of Israel altogether. "The idea that Israel can defeat the Palestinians by the kind of military brutality that we have seen over the past 72 hours is the height of insanity," LaRouche declared. "It is the same insanity that led Israel to attack Lebanon in July 2006, but this time, having seen the consequences of that Lebanon fiasco, it is far more insane."

LaRouche thoroughly rejected the widely-circulated Israeli argument that Israel faces an existential threat from Iran, and that the attack on Gaza is aimed at destroying Iran's Hamas assets, which pose a threat of asymmetric war against the population of Israel. "The only 'threat' to Israel is an outbreak of peace. There is no credible threat of war against Israel. The disease is the Sykes-Picot mentality among the Israeli leadership. They have become so accustomed to playing the role of pawns in the British imperial divide-and-conquer games in the region, that they have lost the ability to think in terms of their own self-interests," LaRouche explained.

With the incoming Obama Administration in Washington, after eight years of Bush-Cheney madness, we have a genuine opportunity to achieve a peace agreement between Israel and Syria—right away. It could be accomplished on the first afternoon that President Obama is in office. And a Syria-Israel peace deal would immediately be followed by an agreement involving Lebanon. This would dramatically change the dynamic in the entire region, and would set the only conditions for a truly just and viable two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

Such an eruption of peace," LaRouche continued, "would pose an existential threat to those in the region who remain locked in the Sykes-Picot logic." The Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916 between Britain and France, divided the territory of the former Ottoman Empire between the two European colonial powers, and set in motion a perpetual conflict along religious, ethnic and tribal lines that exists to this day. Both the major Zionist movements, particularly the Jabotinskyites, and the Muslim Brotherhood were creations of the Sykes-Picot arrangements. While focusing the bulk of his harsh words on the Israelis for the murderous assault into Gaza, LaRouche also noted that some of the Hamas leadership, as leading figures within the Muslim Brotherhood, are prone to the same self-destructive insanity, that only feeds into the climate of perpetual conflict.

Isn't it time to bring an end to this madness? We have a unique opportunity, right now, to reach an historic peace agreement between Israel and Syria and Lebanon. Such an agreement would rapidly lead to a just solution to the Palestine crisis, and that would bring an end to the tyranny of Sykes-Picot, that has crippled this region for the past century. The fact that certain people in Israel, and leading circles in London feel gravely threatened by such an eruption of peace, cannot be an excuse for inaction.