Given the Arab worlds desire to remove the State of Israel since 1948 it is understandable that there is concern during periods of troops movements. Israels decisive victory and destruction of Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian Airforces in a matter of hours in 1967 didn't prevent another massive attack by Arab forces in 1973 and disgustingly during Yom Kippur. Therefore decisive victories by Israel didn't necessarily deter the Arabs from future aggression. Perhaps since Anwar Sadat made peace with Israel as well as Jordan it has become apparent to the Arab world that conventional warfare is unwinnable. However when we look at the psychological success of "non entities" like Hizballah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, perhaps that battle is more important to win. The deterrent factor in any war with the Arabs will be their belief that Israel will pull out all the stops, start and finish in rapid succession. The lollygagging of Olmert and his cronies definitively put the advantage in Hizballahs court.
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