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    • Tosefta
    • 23.04.07 | 18:34 (IDT)

    It is a pity that Israel considers the next war in the north "unavoidable". It is unavoidable if the military remains the decider on national security policy and wishes to redeem its diminished honor. But there is simply no reason to have this war. Israel went into Lebanon in 1982 and crushed the PLO. But Hizballah was then created as a resistance movement. It took them years of inflicting pain on Israel until the IDF left Lebanon completely (2000). The end of the ordeal is not over yet. Israel will probably be able to crush the Syrian army after having Israeli civilians suffer a great deal. Perhaps Damascus will be occupied. But trust al-Qaida; they will come up with something. And if the Baath regime is overthrown and a Democracy rises, Iserael will leave Syria, the Democratic regime will demand that Israel return to it the Golan Heights, and the entire world will say: Amen. The way Israel lost the Sinai is not much different. We see some kind of a Greek Tragedy unfolding. The way to preempt this scenario is to come to a peace agreement with Syria NOW, while Israel is seen as relatively strong (although not as strong as it used to be seen). The Syrians want peace, following Hafez Assad`s strategic decision to go for peace. If we do not respond, Syria will have little choice but to act as Sadat did. Note that peace with Syria will also cut Hizballah off from its supplier. We can push the Iranian out of our region as well.

    from the article: A war in the summer?
    First published 00:00 23.04.07 | Last updated 00:00 23.07.07
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