1. Ah, so she did decide to stay and train in Turkey.
At first I thought she was being all too naive about the situation. That was back in July. But, now I have to appreciate her tenacity.
2. Syrian rebels
Oh sure, the Syrian Rebels can really be trusted!!! While it may not be possible to get any worse than the barbaric Assad,
the "rebels" are no more than a bunch of extremist islamists who if in power would seek the same aim as Israels other Arab neighbours....its destruction
3. Backing terrorists thugs vs fascist thugs?
No - letting them fight it out is a far better solution.
Syria is not going to survive - there will be at least 5 different enclaves of various sects and groups instead. And all of them hate us.
4. If Israel were to be seen aiding either side
Then it would backfire especially for the FSA. As soon as Israel were to be perceived as aiding the FSA then Assad would use it as a pretext to attack Israeli cities garnering sympathy from the Arab world. Attention would move away from the Syrians plight. Israel would be forced to attack and then many many civilians would be killed. Assad might convince other armies to fight Israel and keep his grip on power because suddenly supply lines would open up. Better Israel stays out of it. Better for all concerned.
Tel Aviv Israel
5. Israel neutrality
I don't think Israel is backing Assad. We have to keep in mind that no one wants to turn this war into a regional war, and push Assad to use all his chem. bombs on everybody. Also I'm sure that Israel is helping some "rebels" by the back door, since Assad is the prolongation of Iran.
6. With all due respect...
To Ms. Qanfani, various opposition factions in Syria have made it clear that they want no help from Israel and consider us "the enemy" as much as the Assad regime.
M. Davison ,
7. She may be sincere but she is a fool
She and women like her will be the first victims of the islamist regime (or regimes) that will take over the coutry if and when Assad is finished.
Look at whats happening in Egypt, multiply that by a hundred and then u get an idea.
While the Assad regime is brutal and faschist, the alternative is far worse. Simply put, syria is not just a failed state, its a failed culture and unfortunately, the choice there is between the devil and the deep blue sea.
Abu Jihad ,
8. no matter which position Israel would take
it would be wrong. Better to sit on the sidelines. In the meantime why no request from her for help from any of the other surrounding Arab countries ? From the Arab Legion ?
She reminds me of the spirit of female Kurdish warriors. If she's right about what's going on on the ground in Syria we all need to listen.
It's a shame Obama was on the wrong side of the fence every twist and turn in the ME. He joined Sarko & the Brits to bomb easy target Gadaffi using the death of 200 people who were killed in the initial uprising as an excuse. Gaddafi, ended his nuke activity & further cooperated with the West by blowing the whistle on Kahn, the Pakistani scientist who proliferated nuclear technology to all our enemies. That's how we reward cooperation! Now al-Qaeda and all terrorists gets a free ticket to murder our ambassadors with Obama's tacit approval because they are "protesters". On to Egypt where he demanded Mubarak step down only to turn the country over to the Brotherhood. Despite the instability we continue to ship 200 of our latest Abrams tanks & F-16s this past year. Meanwhile in Syria where actual massacres have taken place (Israel BTW is accused of carrying out one every time a Palestinian gets a hemorrhoid in Gaza) Obama is practically silent due to his obvious fear of the ayatollahs. He fears them so much he's had his proxies (Gates etc.) openly speak out time and again about the impracticality of bombing the real culprits of ME instability & terror. They've repeatedly lashed out at Israel for wanting to stop Iran and of being more dangerous than our enemies. Meanwhile he turned his back on protesters in Iran...again out of fear of the ayatollahs.
So the poor souls fighting for real freedom in Syria are on their own...unless the murderer Assad uses chemical weapons which will cross a "red line". But by then it will probably be too late. Until then Assad, the ayatollahs & the neo-Soviets have a free ticket to continue the slaughter using conventional weapons. In the face of all that she is clearly one brave woman.
Dr. langhorne ,
10. Israel is certainly NOT supporting Assad... And it should
... continue to stay out of the entire mess! It's also a no-win for the US.
Meanwhile - this is an interesting article.
11. Once bitten, twice shy.
Israel got burned after picking a side to support in the Lebanese Civil War. It bet on the Christians Phalangists, and got instead Hizbullah.
Israel won't be in a hurry to go down a similar route again.
Why should it be Israel's problem? In Syria, Egypt, Lybia, Tunisia, or wherever the Arabs are freed from their tyrants (including Iraq) , Peace with Israel is not on their agenda. On the contrary it is about who shouts louder about Israel's destruction. Let them do the first gesture in the direction of peace: Recognize Israel as a Jewish State. Then we can start a dialogue about everything: Frontiers, Refugees (on both sides) etc
Alain Bigio ,
Sao Paulo Brazil
13. Typical primitive "Support us or we kill you" LOL
14. Israel--Stay out of conflict. Like others
have said, a no- win issue. Whoever wins will be against Israel. They are racist muslims, get it. They will play both sides from the middle. Let them kill each other. Think how they would treat Jews ,after seeing what they do to their own. Barbarians.
Don Rosenberg ,
15. Just because she is willing to "cooperate with the devil"...
... doesn't mean we should. And despite her claims, the "devils" - in the form of Islamic fanatics - are in the ascendancy. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are actively funding and arming the rebels they find most compatible, and those are jihadists. When you watch those videos from the rebel camp, note how frequently you hear "Allahu Akhbar!" A recent one shows a mass funeral for a few "martyrs", crowd leaders reciting a hate-filled poem with the crowd responding to each verse with a shouted "Allahu Akhbar!".
While it's tragic that innocents are being killed, neither of the parties involved in the fighting merit our support. The prime interest for the US and Israel is that the violence is contained, and that WMDs are neither used nor passed on.
Raymond in DC ,
16. these people are more brutal than Assad
These FSA people who we are supposed to just want to be our friends and we should support them are proably more brutal than Assad.
On the website for the British Daily Mail newspaper there is an article about them and it has some pictures and one of them is of a child being forced by FSA rebels to decapitate a man with a sword.
These are the people the west is convinced are going to rule syria as a nice peaceful and democratic country.
Israel couldn't possibly be stupid enough to help the Syrian rebels. Could they? A weakened and limping Assad regime serves their interests better.
18. Heard this before.....better to
Just ignore her and stay the hell out of Syria unless someone attacks us. Or maybe we could help both sides;)
19. rebals are murdering thugs terrorists
how would any nation like it if the group of murdering thug like al queda entered ur borders and decided to overthrow your nation by any means....I am a Jew who supports America and Israel but in this case I find myself in support of Assad and his brave army...if these terrorists get power we have a worse mess than under Assad who we know and can deal with
20. Dear Quanfani
We, Israelis, would literally go out our way to help in a situation like in Syria, with the hope that it will bring peace between our people. Unfortunately, no matter what we do at the end; The Arab, the Christian of the middle east, the Sunni, the Shiite, The Egyptian... Well you know what I mean... Will always say Death the Jew... And proofs??? There are plenty.... It is crazy to think that Israel will support Assad. This in itself is a bad start from your end and your people... We are trying to stay out of this, for only one reason: So that both side in Syria, will come and blame us again. If you believe that Israel can help and get a fair return, go to Israel... Lobby for your Brothers and Sisters... You can... You are Canadian....!! We will welcome you.... !!
Shield of David ,
21. Have the fsa Or Any Anti-assad
syrian went through diplomatic channels and ASKED FOR Israeli Help???????????????????????
Just Who is the fsa are they Secular?
Are they jihadists? Are they al queda?
Just yesterday on American news station Fareed Zachria Stated To Erin Burnnett U.S. Should NOT provide weapons to opposition No One Knows Who They Are???????????????????
22. What's her agenda?
She never mentions regaining the Golan. She never mention the threat to Israel of rebels on the border armed with AA weapons
23. What # 15 said..
...is absolutely correct. As for Israel and the US, we have no dog in this fight! Let the Arabs sort it out for themselves
24. Not our bag
Both sides in this conflict keep no secret of their hatred of the Jewish people and their wish to destroy Israel. I wish both sides the best of luck and may they destroy each other!
25. #12 Dear Alain Bigio
Your name draw my attention since I have studied with a Bigio, and putting you name at Google I came across with marvellous pieces of art ,among them the next...
It was not you my colleage at school but it was worth following my curiosity.
And I also lived at Rua Baroneza de Itu....
26. An interesting article
A brave and sincere lady if not somewhat naive. Israel has no need to become involved in Syria. If either faction in Syria disturbs the quite with Israel they will feel a response.
As for your dream of a cultured Syria, that's what it is,a dream. I think you will be back in Canada long before that ever comes about.