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   Much has been made of the Israeli attack on Syria last week.  Speculation on Israeli concern for weapons of mass destruction in Syria falling into the hands of Hezbollah (see for example Time Magazine at: was one excuse another was the presence of a convoy of supposed anti-aircraft surface to air units moving toward the Lebanese border was another (this can be seen in a story from the AP elaborated on by Fox News at:  

   The reason for the attack given the latter excuse is undermined by the ease with which the Israeli jets destroyed their targets and eluded any response from the Syrians.  The logic of the former argument is undermined by the fact that it would be difficult to explain the release of such agents on innocent  civilians down wind of the attack should any Sarin or other gas be released or nuclear products, etc.  Had the wind been blowing toward Israel this would have been a disaster both ways, but the fact that no release has been reported is clear evidence that this was not the purpose of the raid.  See various reports by Lebanese military figures and Israeli analysts in the John Reed and Abigail Fielding-Smith article in the Financial Times, February 1st, 2013, "Threat of Reprisal by Damascus Discounted).

   Rather we can find the most logical reason in the recent Israeli elections and the centrist surge against Netanyahu's continued saber rattling in the face of a collapsing economy.  Yair Lapid and the Yesh Atid ("There is a Future" party) have made serious inroads in the election results.  Israelis and fed up with the dismal economic conditions, corruption in the government and rising criminal activity.  Netanyahu knows only war as a means of gaining support and is bankrupt politically.  With the resignation of the head of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fisher, chaos is growing in financial circles. One can only hope that Israelis continue to see through Netanyahu and his ilk.

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  •  Israel does demand secure borders (1+ / 0-)
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    Johnny Nucleo

    (what that means is the subject of debate) and Bibi is supposedly shaped by the death of his older brother during the raid on Entebbe so many years ago.  Supposedly Gaza was abandoned because it was not felt to be defensible while Sharon began the Wall to make Israel's borders permanent on Israeli terms and the Lebanese incursion to the Litani River was supposedly to give Israel a permanent buffer zone with access to this water source.

    Finally, it appears Israel intends to hang onto Golan.  The most recent raid is reminiscent of their earlier raid a while ago where they either knocked out a Syrian nuclear facility being built by N Korea and Iran or new missile and anti aircraft facilities, depending upon whom you believe.

    While any state has a right to secure borders and security on its borders, it appears the Devil for the foreseeable future is in the definitions

  •  I can't discuss this (0+ / 0-)

    with family because SIL's parents are holocaust survivors w/ numbers tattooed on their arms.  I feel for anyone who cannot defend themselves and just live in peace, but that case can be made for both sides at different times.  Who will be the 1st to say "Stop," and who on the other side will be the 1st to say "Agreed"?

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 04:49:14 AM PST

    •  Apparently not the Syrians (2+ / 0-)
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      NancyWH, Zornorph

      or the Palestinians.

      The Egyptians got the Sinai backā€”AND peace. Jordan got a strip of land on the east bank of the Jordan, and peace as well. Syria demanded not only the Golan, but much of Northern Israel proper, and Lebanon refused to negotiate until Syria got what it wanted.

      It was israel who asked for peace in this case and Syria who said no.

  •  I concur (1+ / 0-)
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    Johnny Nucleo
    Netanyahu knows only war as a means of gaining support and is bankrupt politically.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 07:49:03 AM PST

  •  Actually.... (0+ / 0-)

    Actually, the media I am reading states that Israeli jets attached a 'sceintific research facility in a suburb of Damascus'

    Given the proven 'ineffectivness' of western journalism on Israel, and the lack of seeking truth (noted in the lie as the causus belli of war in Iraq) AND the coverage of the Benghazi attack being 'attributed to a riot of protestors, rather than a deliberate, purposeful attack...

    I tend to belive the press that seems to have a 'fair, balanced approach to reporting on the ME.

    The true strength of of an oath is forged in adversity.

    by Nur Alia Chang on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 11:06:47 AM PST

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