Last night Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson gently set a naive Keith Olbermann partly straight. Olbermann noticed (at 2:45 or so) that a 2007 cable in the WikiLeaks communiques gives "a reason other than the obvious for Israel's opposition to Iranian nukes": that they pose a 'demographic" threat to "Israel's long-term survival as a Jewish and democratic state." Olbermann mentioned that "surveys find that one-third of Israelis would leave [Israel if Iran had the bomb] and Palestinian Israelis already make up twenty percent," so if Palestinians "become a majority, Israel would have to figure out how it could remain both Jewish and democratic at the same time."
Wilkerson, formerly Colin Powell's chief of staff, countered:
Israel's problem is more profound, I think, than you just stated it. The profoundness of it is that Israel will find it increasingly difficult to be democratic and Jewish, even with the current demographic situation--no outside [Iranian] forces impacting. Israel will be an apartheid state probably within a couple of decades if it tries to maintain the current policies vis-a-vis the Palestinians' growing population. And that's not very good for the future. South Africa proved that.
Wilkerson didn't discuss Israeli-government apartheid now--suffered by Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well as the stateless people in the illegally Occupied Territories. Instead, Wilkerson affirms that "Israel's got a problem....That's why we need a two-state solution....two states that are viable, economically, politically, security-wise."
Perhaps Wilkerson wants to ease Olbermann and his "Countdown" audience into the full facts. Wilkerson tells Keith that "Anyone who's studied the situation--and I will admit that that's few" knows about Israel's "demographic" "problem." Olbermann himself started by proving his ignorance that Iran is Persian rather than "Arab"-- announcing that "the biggest cheerleaders for war with Iran, are--[pause]--other Arab leaders." (KO corrected himself later, substituting "Middle Eastern" for "Arab.")
Wilkerson, to his credit, pointed out--as one who's composed and read many such cables--that "the information being reported back to Washington isn't necessarily the truth," but is "designed to obfuscate, and to lie, and to twist, and to turn--anything but the complete truth....and if they are the truth as seen by the observers, the observers are often fooled."