Syria is patient. They know that the only way to confront Israel is by nipping away at it, a tiny bite here and a tiny bite there. They are in no hurry. If they try to swallow Israel whole, they will choke. Their strategy is "imperceptable erosion." It is a concept that is alien to the western mind which is always preoccupied with time. Many in Israel are aware of this concept, but their allies in the west are not; they are impatient and want results immediately and so they are constantly pushing Israel into precipitous agreements.
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