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    • Ben Gurion
    • 13.12.05 | 19:14 (IST)

    Israel should not attack Iran. Centrifuges for Uranium enrichment can be built underground, and probably are. Moreover, there can be many locations to do this. Iran is a large country; Israeli planes barely made it to Baghdad and back with an additional fuel tank. This is not a feasible operation unless the US makes available to Israel an Iraqi airfield for the returning planes. Unlikely to happen. Let the US do this kind of a job by itself. The US created the problem in the first place (see post #79). Iran is not a neighbor to Israel. It had good relations with Israel under the Shah. Iranian enmity depends on present day circumstances. Israel should be wise to eliminate the causes of this enmity, as Barak already figured in his own days. (Barak has a good strategic mind, but is not a good tactician since he does not understand how and why people act the way they do.) There are two main conflicts that Israel can settle, and thus reduce, if not remove, Iranian enmity: 1. Come to a peace agreement with the Palestinians. There is a partner and his name is Abbas. Israel should negotiate and sign an agreement with him, move back to its agreed upon borders, build a "wall" if necessary, and let the Pals take care of their own differences. 2. The Golan belongs to Syria under international law which forbids "the acquistion of territory by war". There is actually a good opportunity now. Bashar Assad is in danger. He will be a weak negotiator, unlike his father. One can get from him recognition of the old (1923) international border, plus some territorial exchange that will keep Syria even further away from the Kinneret (the Barak idea). If Assad falls now, Israel will be left with no excuse not to return the Golan. And the new regime might insist on the pre-1967 borders which were worse for Israel (with the Syrians sitting on the Kinneret and on the east bank of the Jordan river north of the Kinneret. Let's settle this now, while conditions are relatively good. Incidentally, when the Golan issue is settled, the Shebba Farm problem will also disappear. The farms are on the Syrian-Lebanese international border, not bordering on Israel.

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    First published 00:00 13.12.05 | Last updated 00:00 13.12.05
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