"'Israel need not occupy Syria or Iran, it needs to say their war machines will be totally destroyed if Israel is attacked or threatened by extinction." - Yonatan And unless it is willing to suffer the uncontrollable consequences, then Israel must be willing to occupy the nations it destroys. If you cannot imagine that the Syrian or Iranian people will welcome the destruction of their nations you are not a very imaginative person. If you cannot see that if Israel does not occupy Syria and Iran people even more hostile to Israel than Iran - which cannot now attack Israel directly - and Syria - which now wants peace with Israel - will not come to power then you are simply nuts. War is not an intellectual exercise. It is a struggle of will. And the nation which is defeated MUST be occupied, or it will be a nation of hatred. If it IS occupied, then it will be a nation of hatred. And either way it must be dealt with. Pretending it will not be so is insane.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: Leaving the home front out of range