1 thought on “Maariv on Syria Attack – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I don’t believe the story about nuclear materials for a minute, and agree with you to that extent.

    But I’d also point out that the Syrians do have a history of letting foreign journalists into areas when they want to make a point. That they are not doing so now should tell you something.

    I’m not sure what the Israelis took out, but interestingly enough, the governments of both Israel and Syria don’t seem to be that enthusiastic about discussing it in public. I don’t see the lack of a “warning” by the Israelis as much of a problem either, since you can be pretty sure that (1) the Israelis have warned the Syrians about certain kinds of actions, and (2) if we’re talking about a target that moves (say, a shipment of arms) it makes sense that the Israelis would act as soon as they believed their intelligence, and before the Syrians knew they were aware of whatever was happening at that location.

    I personally think that the earlier story about it being a shipment of arms from Iran to Hezbollah is the most likely, and explains why the Syrians are not being more talkative about what actually happened. This is in keeping with the pattern of Israeli/Syrian relations over the years. Both sides seem to believe in keeping a certain “regularity” to their relations. The Syrians got caught on a particular point, but the Israelis responded within the limits of that relationship.

    I’d prefer peace talks with the Syrians, but under the current circumstances, I don’t see this incident as having much long term effect.

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