The forgotten option after Barak's withdrawl - correction to #65 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Tosefta
    • 30.01.07 | 20:20 (IST)

    "during the six years since the IDF pullout from southern Lebanon Israel adopted a strategy of choice along its northern front. This strategy involved a mistaken mix of defensive goals and defensive means, instead of defensive goals and offensive means, which would have been both wiser and justified." - Oren For a military reporter like Oren, this article is shamefully blind. The blindness concerns the "choice" issue in the recent war (as mentioned in my post #58), and extends back to the choices following the Barak withdrawl from southern Lebanon in May 2000. There was one more choice which was the top one on the Barak agenda: making peace with Syria. And a peace with Syria would have put an end to the Hizballah militia. (This choice is still available, if Israel wants to avoid another war in Lebanon, with many happy returns.) Barak was engage in a peace process with both Syria and the Palestinians. When one track was slow, he pursued the other track. Barak could have concluded a deal with the Syrians at Shepherdstown (Jan 2000) but got cold feet and preferred to prolong the process. The Syrians thought he was playing with them and went slow on him. (Hafez Assad was also dying, until June 2000, and got busy with the successions business.) Instead, Barak pulled out of Lebanon and turned to the Palestinian track and Camp David. We can blame Barak for the way he conducted himself, but as far as Lebanon he knew it would ultimately be taken care of by the peace with Syria. We can do it today too.

    from the article: Was it a war of choice?
    First published 00:00 30.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 30.01.07
Haaretz Headlines
Yosef Chaim Ben-David, the primary suspect in the murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu-Khdeir

Abu Khdeir murderer imprisoned for life plus 20 years

Yosef Chaim Ben-David, along with two underage accomplices, kidnapped 16-year-old Palestinian from near his home, drove him to the Jerusalem Forest and burned him alive in 2014.

Berjas Aweidat.

Syria frees Druze man from Israeli-controlled Golan Heights after 13 years in jail

An Israeli lawmaker claims Berjas Aweidat, who disappeared in Damascus in 2003, was held for allegedly spying for Israel.

A rocket fired from Gaza during 2014's Protective Edge.
Israeli authorities find four tons of rocket-arming material in salt bags headed to Gaza

Shin Bet apparently tracked the package after wondering at an enormous quantity of salt ordered by a Gaza importer with Hamas ties.

18:10 03.05.16 | 0 comments
In this Tuesday, March 15, 2016 file photo, Bruce Springsteen, center, performs with Nils Lofgren, l
BDS, Springsteen, and heresies of the anti-Israel U.S. left

Let them come. Let them come in droves. Let artists like Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt bring Israelis who need to hear it, a message of social justice and freedom for Palestinians.

18:17 03.05.16 | 0 comments