"The Syrians have repeatedly implied that a peace agreement between the two countries would ensure quiet in Lebanon. Across the Israeli political spectrum it is generally believed that only an Israeli-Syrian peace accord can move the Syrians to stop Hizballah attacks on Israel. While Hizballah leaders have intimated a readiness to accept such an accord, albeit with teeth clenched" - Eyal Zisser (Tel Aviv Univ., 1997) Military force is not the answer against a guerilla force that wants to fight Israel for the sake of fighting. The better way is to use DIPLOMACY. Bashar Assad offered to negotiate peace with Israel without pre-conditions, from his position of weakness. Sharon refused; he didn`t want to give back the Golan. Note that a committee of experts headed by D Meridor (Likud) recently determined that the Golan is not essential to Israel`s defense. (Perhaps considered airplanes and smart bombs.) Smart bombs are no smarter than the dumb politicians who don`t see their uses.
Egypt says verdict in Al-Jazeera case expected Saturday (AP)
from the article: Between Katzrin and Nahariya