Running this one via IPJ from NO:
The “no comment” stance on the Syrian civil war, long held by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak is untenable and pointless, especially after the latter cut short an overseas family trip to be flown home in a hurry Saturday.
No one believes the official explanation that the three Iron Dome anti-missile batteries stationed over the weekend in northern Israel – in the sight of many thousands of local dwellers – are there for a preplanned routine test – least of all after a senior Israeli officer told AFP that large Hizballah forces are parked at Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons stores poised ready to seize them.
If this happens, said the officer, “A decision to attack Syria or Lebanon will need to be implemented immediately.”
This is beginning to sound as though the politicians and the generals are not on speaking terms.
It’s certainly surprising that Debka would criticize to this extent. Significant comment:
Israel is coming face to face with its worst fear: being hemmed in by a blazing ring of hopeless conflicts just across its borders: Syria and Lebanon in the north; Egypt in the west and south; and Jordan under threat.
Some of the more astute pundits have pointed out that wherever some body like NATO or the UN go in to keep the peace or observe, the atrocities begin. The Balkans was a case in point. It’s crossed the minds of many that there is no genuine reason for all these wars and the many other privations – droughts and floods wiping out crops worldwide so we’re told and shortage of this or that.
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