Ex-Mossad Chief: Israel Can’t Consummate Peace With Neighbors When Uncle Sam's in the Bed

The former head of Israel’s Mossad, Efraim Halevy, has some harsh words about American foreign policy in the cover story of the June issue of The Atlantic. The story, by journalist David Samuels, is a fascinating, in-depth exploration of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s ambitious effort to straighten up the mess that is the Middle East.

Halevy gives the writer a withering take on the administration’s democratization program:

The former foreign-intelligence chief also criticizes understandings between Jerusalem and the Bush administration that prevent Israel from taking military or diplomatic action without first consulting Washington:

He suggests that previous diplomatic breakthroughs with Israel’s neighbors occurred because of contacts and negotiations that the United States was sometimes not even privy to until they neared completion.

Alas, the full article can only be accessed online by Atlantic subscribers, but anyone can read this interesting Q&A with the author. (Samuels had previously penned a great article for The Atlantic on the ruinous legacy of Yasser Arafat.)

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