Ivo #72, 75; On Hizballah - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Gurion
    • 08.08.06 | 20:11 (IDT)

    Hello Ivo, Let me again stress a few points: 1.If left untreated, a missile threat can grow to chemical, etc. But this war was NOT about the missile threat. Olmert never mentioned this before the war, the IDF did not take it seriously (as I mention earlier). After the fact you can say there would have been a threat. This is like justifying Iraq war by WMD TO BE. The proper treatment for Hizballah was peace with Syria. People didn't see the Hizballah threat, so they didn't worry about the cure. I hope they do now. 2. Why did Lebanon need defense? Well, Hizballah considered itself at war, because of Shabaa farms and Israeli overflight. For them there is no cease fire otherwise. So every so often they would attack, usually in the Shabaa area, but not always. Israel responded. They needed to deter what is happening now (civilian targets). 3. Syria is an EASY deal, much easier than the Palestinians. No refugees, Jerusalem, only territory. Was known to be so easy for ages. Hafez Assad has already agreed to peace. Barak chickened out at the last minute (at Shepherdstown) for fear of the Israeli electorate. But Bashar Assad renewed the offer to negotiate. Sharon refused!

    from the article: The test of the Zionist left
    First published 00:00 08.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 08.08.06
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