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    • Ben Gurion
    • 08.08.06 | 17:57 (IDT)

    "Brief military activity, followed by an ultimatum for the release of our abducted soldiers, would have been far more proper" - Beilin No Yossi, you would have started the war differently, but would have ended up in the same way. You would have offered an ultimatum, it would have been rejected, then what? You would have continued as Olmert does. Remember Sharon's Little and Big plans in Lebanon? Start as you wish, the end would have been the Big Plan. Wars are acceptable means to solve disputes. But one should estimate the achievability of goals, and their cost. The kidnapping of soldiers could have been a good excuse for war, but you would have guaranteed a Katyusha rain on Israeli cities. Better not use the excuse for war here. And note that none of the "goals" set by the government (or Yossi) would have been achieved. You need to think more cleverly: 1. Administer some punishment to Lebanon, destroying some Hizballah and national military assets. (Stay away from civilian targets so as to avoid being similarly hit, as per the ?deal? with Hizballah.) Get a few prisoners too. 2. Negotiate release of soldiers. 3. Move to Peace talks with Syria. This would put an end to Hizballah. If you don?t want that, you may need to retake south Lebanon and get a better int?l force there, as envisioned today. (This would be part of step 1.)

    from the article: The test of the Zionist left
    First published 00:00 08.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 08.08.06
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