Forward Newspaper Online: Bush Says Iraq War Is Good for Israel: "In sharp contrast to the growing consensus of Jerusalem's security and political establishment, President Bush argued this week that Israel's safety depends on democratization of the Arab world.
'If you're a supporter of Israel, I would strongly urge you to help other countries become democracies,' President Bush declared Monday, in a major address defending American policy in Iraq and his wider vision for the region. 'Israel's long-term survival depends upon the spread of democracy in the Middle East.'
Israeli security officials argued the opposite view at this month's American-Israeli strategic dialogue, warning that regime change and democratization threatened to destabilize the Middle East. Israel sees its security tied to regimes such as Egypt and Jordan, and fears that democratization could turn those countries against Israel."