Olmert: Israel Could Smash Syria

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  1. From "agencies" via gulfnews.com:

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday it would exert its maximum force if it had to go to war with Syria.

    "Syria knows that we limited ourselves in our operations in Lebanon, and it knows that in an operation against Syria, against Damascus, Israel won't limit itself," Israel Radio cited Olmert as saying.
    ...

    Olmert, in a speech to his parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee, also voiced his opposition to beginning negotiations with Syria, meeting participants said.

    "This is not the time to talk to the Syrians," a member who had attended the meeting quoted Olmert as saying.

    "He said he would not negotiate with Syria at this time because Syria is the enemy," the committee member said.


    "Israel will use 'full force' against Syria" 4 September 2006
    http://www.gulfnews.com/region/Syria/10064960.html

    Playing to an increasingly disenchanted gallery at home? Or is this preliminary to more fireworks?
     
  2. Sorry, the last thing we need is one of the last secular Arab regimes being dismantled and replaced with some rag top theocracy. No matter how nasty they are there are plenty worse. Isreal would be better advised focusing on Iran.
     
  3. Israel needs to seriously wind it's neck in. That's one fight every Jihadist in the region would want a punt at. Fighting on 2 fronts and having suicide bombers running rampant in Tel Aviv?

    Syria is not the pushover Israel thinks it is, and once Syria goes into turmoil what exactly do we think will happen in Iraq?

    How are Israel going to keep the lid on a post-war Syria in anarchy? They can't pacify Gaza and the West Bank, how are they going to do it in Damascus or Homs?

    Why is there suddenly a crop of messianic cretins in charge of countries?
     
  4. I have no doubt that the Israeli Airforce could indeed smash Syria, just as they have done Lebanon and NATO's air assets did Serbia before. Still, even after 'smashing' is completed, IDF were unable to defeat those actually launching the rockets, and NATO failed to dislodge the VJ/MUP forces from Kosovo. In the end it all boils down to jaw-jaw not war-war!!!

    When is Israel and its backers going to wake up to the fact that they are part of the problem - not the solution!
     
  5. Faint echoes of "Mission Accomplished" are ringing in my ears.
     
  6. See Book of Revelations
     
  7. in the same vein of Israel being in the Eurovision song contest, could we not ask Syriah and Israel to join NATO? Then they can't have a pop at eachother all the time without looking rather boorish, ( viz Greece/Turkey ) and then we can get them to join the EU too, and after the Edgeware Road and Golders Green are full up, we can blah blah cont page 94
     
  8. Has anyone considered that it might actually suit Israel if Syria descended into anarchy, with Islamists fighting Baathists and Shia fighting Sunni. No organised, united threat to the Zionist entity then.
     
  9. Oh yes, they'll just fight amongst themselves.

    Not.
     
  10. I think Merkator has it bang on

    "When is Israel and its backers going to wake up to the fact that they are part of the problem - not the solution! "

    john
     
  11. ok Andy, I will let the Syrians know that they should not allow themselves to descend into anarchy, because it will suit the Zionists if they do.

    They prolly hadn't seen that particular angle, and you can pride yourself on saving an entire State with your insight :D