Monday, September 02, 2013

Israel's Leaders Wisely Avoiding Syria Attack Debate

'Keep Quiet!' is the Order of the Day; Loose Lips Hurt Israel 

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Sharing intelligence and analyses is one thing; trying, or even appearing to try, to influence the U.S. Congressional debate, another thing, entirely. 

Israel's prime minister is wisely ordering officials to stay silent, and, for once, they seem to be obeying. 

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Israel is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, Iran's atomic advance is Israel's main focus; and it can't allow Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, to run Syria, which, Israel believes, was responsible for the chemical arms attack. On the other hand, Israel doesn't want Al Qaeda and its affiliates and sympathizers to take Syria over--and to control its missiles and chemicals.

Syria and Israel should (and probably could) have made peace many years ago. Unfortunately, it was not to be.