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10:13 AM on 02/16/2012
And why does the author believe that Israel through Mossad isn't already supporting the rebels and increasing the violence.
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Gui Montag
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11:14 AM on 02/16/2012
Because the rebels hate Israel just as much as Assad.
09:52 PM on 02/16/2012
Yes, but a country torn by turmoil is what Israel wants. They wanted Iraq broken into 3 individual countries.
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adamben
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09:54 AM on 02/16/2012
assad hates israel and the new regime will hate israel. so why get involved?
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MarcEdward
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09:54 AM on 02/16/2012
Hmm, given the unity of people against this idea, I'm guessing it's probably a good idea.
Most of ya'll are so conventional in your thinking, it's embarrassing.
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Gui Montag
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11:14 AM on 02/16/2012
So much for "peace" and "human rights."
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LIbislife
11:51 AM on 02/16/2012
Do you really think an attack on Assad's regime by Israel would be welcomed? It would only be deemed as aggressive causing retaliation by Hezbollah and possibly Iran opening up a whole can of worms.
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adamben
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09:46 AM on 02/16/2012
actually, turkey has positioned itself to do this. they protect the "free" syrian army on their territory with their army and probably shoo away assads forces when they get too close. and, turkey has more interests at stake; i.e. kurds and many cross-border families which makes the border very porous, culturally and economically, while israels is mined with some but very little cultural exchange (golani druze).
09:19 AM on 02/16/2012
Disagree.

There is too great a likelihood of israel killing as many civilians as possible , witness the use of white phosphorous in Gaza , a war crime. Or Executing the Turkish activists on the flotilla.

Nato should stay out too.

If the arab league want to supply weapons to the opposition that might be the way to go.
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Wozzeck
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12:18 PM on 02/16/2012
Qatar has been arming the rebels and has brought in mercenaries from Libya to fight in Syria. Al Jazeera is the voice of Qatar, so don't look for objective news on Syria from it.
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Ari B Canaan
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01:18 PM on 02/16/2012
Do tell. Got some proof?
Rosin the Bow
Palestine doesn't want peace. Meshaal said so
01:49 PM on 02/16/2012
If only reality fit your beliefs, that post might actually make sense.
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NTT
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09:11 AM on 02/16/2012
Total BS. Israel is not responsible for Arab welfare -- the Arabs are. An Israeli intervention is Assad's wet dream: it will cause the knee-jerk anti-Israel "Arab street" to rally in support of his criminal regime. Nope. Let the Arabs solve their own problems.
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Gui Montag
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09:08 AM on 02/16/2012
Ridiculous. If Israel *did* intervene in Syria we'd see 50 blog posts and thousands of comments screaming at them for their "imperialism." Who does this author think he is fooling?
09:05 AM on 02/16/2012
They already are. Where do you think the Syrians rebels are getting there guns.
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11:48 AM on 02/16/2012
Iraq. The Iraqis are returning the weapons they got from Syria.
08:08 AM on 02/16/2012
I'm sorry, but this idea is just so far-fetched that it makes me wonder if you truly understand the situation...
Israel can only lose from intervening in Syria, because of the hatred towards it on the Arab street, which has always been there, regardless of what Israel does... Israel's intervention in Syria would only do one thing - turn the residents' and the Arab league's anger towards itself, instead of towards the regime... I think it is probably Assad's dream that Israel would do this! It would serve his purpose better than anything...
Plus, opening a front in this delicate situation in the Middle-East at the moment is like lighting a match while sitting on a barrel of dynamite in order to see where you are... It could so easily deteriorate...
I really fail to see any logic at all!
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MarcEdward
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09:41 AM on 02/16/2012
"the hatred towards it on the Arab street, which has always been there, regardless of what Israel does"

That sentence would only make sense if Israel had a history of doing good towards her neighboring Arab states. However, that's just not so. When a country kills thousands of Arab citizens, women and children, when a country violates international law and her own treaties, they aren't trusted.
Maybe you should study a different point of view more. Arab trust of Israel is not from prejudice, or bigotry, or ignorance, it's a logical conclusion.
Rosin the Bow
Palestine doesn't want peace. Meshaal said so
11:22 AM on 02/16/2012
"That sentence would only make sense if Israel had a history of doing good towards her neighborin­g Arab states"

Your sentence would make sense if the Arab states didn't demonstrate their hatred of Israel before Israel did anything to deserve it. Take a look at this article about the Arab embargo of Israel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_League_boycott_of_Israel

The Arab League were boycotting Jewish businesses as early as 1922, before there even was an Israel.
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11:30 AM on 02/16/2012
Your argument might made sense if the Arabs didn't invade Israel the same day it was declared after having funded a civil war and caused several pogroms and riots before the creation of the modern state of Israel.
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adamben
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09:50 AM on 02/16/2012
yes, assad keeps blaming the zionists so why give truth to his craziness?

btw the arab league does want israel to attack iran. they also gave the ok for israel to do lebanon2.0 and cast lead/gaza (even the plo green-lighted it), but israel failed at their objectives and the league changed its mind since it wasn't achieving their objectives; getting rid of irans influence in the region.
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Json
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07:53 AM on 02/16/2012
Israeli intervention is fraught with potential problems, but I'm actually a little surprised that none of the usual anti-israel crowd would even consider the idea, just out of concern for the Syrian people.
I actually pitched almost this exact idea in a comment a few months ago. (Call me naive. It's fine.)
There is really no denying that Israel is in a fantastic position, geographically and militarily to help. If a few well placed air strikes can prevent the indiscriminate murder of civilians, is it really not even worth considering?
(I think Naor is going argue with me again...)
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MarcEdward
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09:45 AM on 02/16/2012
The idea seems far fetched, but sometimes unconventional solutions work. Israel could set up a "safe area" for Syrian in Golan and Shebaa Farms, for example, provide non-military aid (food, medical care) as well as small arms, and logistical support. If Israel had a hand in supporting the "Syrian on the street" and in helping install a new government, they'd have a good chance of being friendly.
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Json
Cynical dreamer, sarcastic idealist...
05:24 PM on 02/16/2012
That was my hope, but I agree that it is far-fetched.
(Of course most people thought a deal between Hamas and Israel to release Shalit was a pretty far-fetched idea too.)
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grn1
10:08 AM on 02/16/2012
considering how many US troops would be killed in this process it would amount to 6 of one half a dozen of another
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Json
Cynical dreamer, sarcastic idealist...
05:25 PM on 02/16/2012
Why would any US troops die? Why would any even be involved? We're talking about Israel aiding the Syrians.
A Jew with a View
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07:07 AM on 02/16/2012
Israel would be in a no-win situation. If successful, it would send a message that Israel did what the rest of the Arab/Muslim world could not do which at best would only cause more resentment towards Israel. At worst, there are too many possibilities.

The author is correct however,"there is nothing written in the political DNA of the Middle East which demands Arabs and Israelis despise each other."

However,most Israelis don't despise Arabs and Israel should continue making efforts to become an accepted resident of its own neighborhood, as it has by offering to send help to Muslim countries after they have been hit with earthquakes http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=55727. It cannot however force Arab/Muslim countries to accept it as a Jewish state.
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07:25 AM on 02/16/2012
"...most Israelis don't despise Arabs..."

Correction: The overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens don't despise Arabs. The despising, sadly, is for the most part one sided, in which Muslim-Arabs - not Christian-Arabs or Druze-Arabs, mind you!! - despise the Jews, or al-jahud, in Arabic.

Let us hope the so-called Arab spring will usher a change of attitude, although, sadly, one is not optimistic.
A Jew with a View
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08:21 AM on 02/16/2012
Agreed.
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grn1
10:09 AM on 02/16/2012
Sadly one should get a good look at where that mirror is
06:51 AM on 02/16/2012
This might be the most naive article I've read in years. Israeli intervention - outside of parachutting food to the rebels - would bring universal condemnation from the Arab/Muslim world and the UN General Assembly. It would be the kiss of death to the rebels as they would be labeled as Zionist provacateurs. It would guarantee their faliure as this would allow the Syrian Government to attack the rebels without any restraint as they would be attacking the 'zionist sympathizers' in their midst.
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yasunari
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06:32 AM on 02/16/2012
So, Israel would help triggering a regime change in Syria? What excuse could they find after that to keep the Golan Heights and its water springs?
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07:27 AM on 02/16/2012
The Golan is part and parcel of Israel, whether the poster likes it or not!!
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Boduognat
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08:44 AM on 02/16/2012
Here's that International Law again coming back to haunt you:

UN Security Council Resolution 497, 17/12/1981:

"Reaffirming that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible, in accordance with the United Nations Charter, the principles of international law, and relevant Security Council resolutions,

Decides that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect;

Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, should rescind forthwith its decision;

Determines that all the provisions of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 continue to apply to the Syrian territory occupied by Israel since June 1967;

Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the implementation of this resolution within two weeks and decides that in the event of non-compliance by Israel, the Security Council would meet urgently, and not later than 5 January 1982, to consider taking appropriate measures in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations."

The Golan Heights are hence under brutal illegal Military Israeli Occupation, just like France and Poland were during WWII.
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yasunari
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09:09 AM on 02/16/2012
Exactly like Austria belongs to the Reich.
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Luuke
06:31 AM on 02/16/2012
Israel should stay out of this...OUT
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Nwo2012
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06:17 AM on 02/16/2012
Once israel enters a country they never leave. Two weeks later invasion, Israeli civilians start moving in with suitcases and children. They drive round in cars like they own the place and when the children get injured they claim they're victims of terror.
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Luuke
06:32 AM on 02/16/2012
I think the country u lookin for is USA
A Jew with a View
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07:19 AM on 02/16/2012
"Once israel enters a country they never leave". Really? Where are the Israelis in Egypt or Lebanon? If you want to accuse Israel of something, try to make it somewhat accurate.

If Arab countires enter (invade) Israel, when do you think they would leave?
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07:46 AM on 02/16/2012
P.S. Would there be any Jews there left alive when the "choose" to leave...??
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07:50 AM on 02/16/2012
"If Arab countires enter (invade) Israel, when do you think they would leave?"

You're right they wouldn't leave. But then again if they did enter "Israel", they would be home.