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Monday, August 21, 2006

Why Syria wasn't attacked by Israel

There were several times during the war when I said that I thought Israel should attack Syria. We also know now that the United States had given Israel clearance to attack Syria. And now, we may finally know why that attack never came. On Friday, in the Hebrew edition of Ma'ariv, military analyst Amir Rappaport disclosed the story.

Hat Tip: IRIS

Amir Rapaport, military analyst for the Maariv, revealed in a report today that during the course of the first two weeks of the war in Lebanon, while the Syria army went on full alert and massed forces near the border, the IDF relied on the standard deployment of a small force of mostly patrolling reserves to defend the Golan Heights from a Syrian invasion.

"We had great luck that the Syrians didn't make a grab," said a security source. "They could have taken over the communities in the Golan Heights with their 8,000 residents before we would have recovered and started to defend the area."

Rapaport notes that during this period various Israeli officials repeatedly declared that Israel had no intention of clashing with Syria.

The IDF only deployed forces to defend the Golan from the threat of the massed Syrian forces after members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, including MKs Yuval Steinitz, Effie Eitam and Matan Vilnai met on the matter and even toured the area. [Steinetz is the former Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Eitam and Vilnai are both former Generals. Only Vilnai is part of the coalition. He was Comrade Peretz's advisor during the war and is now chairing the Commission of Inquiry Whitewash. CiJ]


At 11:21 AM, Blogger Paul said...

This doesn't IMHO explain why, just proofs that Israel never intended to attack Syria.
I've got still the question then... why not?

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Dave in Pa said...

I have to second what Paul wrote above.

I suspect the reasons are intertwined with the values and worldview of the (ugh!) liberal mindset of Israel's current PM and Cabinet.

Wishful thinking and falsely projecting a rational mindset willing to compromise onto Israel's enemies-specifically the Syrian and Iranian dictatorships-was sheer folly. A very Clintonesque playing at war and leadership while glibly mouthing soundbites and platitudes.

I sincerely hope that Olmert & Co. are NOT allowed to get away with a whitewash committee of inquiry on this latest round of war. As noted in that Ralph Peters column, Israel needs to discern all the causes of this disaster and correct them.

Carl, do you think they will be allowed to get away with a CYA whitewash?


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