"Not by might nor by power, but by My spirit" - Zechariah 4:6 Israel seems to have forgotten this piece of wisdom. Nowadays, the principle is the familiar, "Every problem can be solved by force, and if force is not enough, use more force". The change in mentality seems to have occurred with the Six Day War. PM Eshkol's hesitation forced him out of the Defense Ministry, which was taken by Gen. Moshe Dayan (who was actually the rare General-Statesman, unlike his successors). Israelis must have concluded that Generals should be responsible for security, and that was more or less followed. I will bring a contemporary example: Hizballah poses a threat to Israel (but a non-existential threat). We have gone to two wars in Lebanon and today the Generals anticipate another war. Why? The problem can be solved PEACEFULLY. Just make peace with Syria. This will bring an end to military Hizballah by dchocking off their arms supply, and also bring peace with Lebanon. Syria's close alliance with Iran is not natural. Syria is secular, Iran fundamentalist. Syria is an Arab state, Iran Persian (long time no friends). Syria is mostly Sunni, Iran Shiite. Syria used to be friendly to the US, since they joined the coalition against Saddam in the 1991 war. Jim Baker visited Syria 15 times. After the 9-11 attacks, Syria helped the US in hunting al-Qaida, even to the extent of torturing some on behalf of the CIA. But Syria continued to support Hizballah as pressure against Israel. Syria is interested in friendship with the US and peace with Israel, but the Israeli mindset prefers "forceful" solutions.
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