Netanyahu convenes security cabinet meetings after Kerry's visit, with information that Abbas is planning new efforts in international arena; several ministers argue that the PA's collapse could serve Israel's interest.01:27 27.11.15 | 0 comments
Dear Ze'ev I always enjoy your articles and insights. I have a number of questions regarding the mooted cease-fire, which you have discussed in this and previous articles. Do you really think it's possible that the US will press Israel to accept a cease-fire that leaves Hezbollah with its firepower and gives the Shebaa Farms to Lebanon? Would that not be considered a defeat of major strategic importance for the war on terror, sending the message that violence directed against civilians is a successful means of winning land? Is the Israeli withdrawal from Bint Jbril really a pullback, or a prelude to a new and broader campaign? Different news sources are reporting entirely different analyses of the withdrawal--and of course Nasrallah is claiming victory. If Israel really does withdraw and accept a ceasefire in the next several days, would this be done in order to prepare for a broader, longer and more intense confrontation with Syria and Iran, one backed by the US and others?