What is "calm"? War is the current situation - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • gil62
    • 06.02.10 | 01:37 (IST)

    I infer from the article that the concepts "calm,", "war," and "hostility" mean vastly different things to Israelis and Arabs than to the rest of the world. If there has never even been a peace treaty, however "cold," how can we presume peace? Does peace only mean the absence of active warfare? To wage a shooting "war" is a tactical and strategic choice taken when talking and pushing fail to achieve one's goals. Waging "war" on another state includes blockade, boycott, occupation, non-recognition, denial of right to exist, and support of hostile proxies. Aren't these things the usual standards everyday? When has there ever been peace there? Because Israel lacks the necessary military/political scenario or backing to destroy Syria, and Syria the military capability to defeat Israel, there is no shooting, that's all. Tourism, pretty hotels and "talking" with the US are also part of Israel's bag. Does that mean it will not wage "war" when it feels obligated and spy on the US?

    from the article: Tension with Syria can turn into war in an instant
    First published 02:08 05.02.10 | Last updated 19:32 05.02.10
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