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    • 30.04.10 | 11:46 (IDT)

    "Israel's main challenge is that it's very difficult to calm a paranoiac." It's Lebanon's challenge too. And it's Syria's challenge. Now let's think about what and who the paranoiac is. If you've been attacked before and the source of a potential attack is the same as several previous ones, are you a paranoiac or are you a realist? Maybe the paranoiac is the party that constantly expects to be annihilated and so hits out at everything that moves before it moves? The attacks from Lebanon originally came from Palestinian refugees housed in camps there who used the border areas from which to launch attacks. It would not be realistic not to understand that the surrounding countries have many bones to pick with us. But it would also not be realistic on our part to continue to choose preemptive aggression over a serious effort to break the cycle of paranoia via mediation and honest negotiation. With the Palestinians. Yes, first with the Palestinians.

    from the article: Israel's best intentions may not be enough to avert war in Lebanon
    First published 04:52 30.04.10 | Last updated 14:35 30.04.10
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