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3 Syrian tanks enter demilitarized zone in Golan Heights
Yoav Zitun
Published: 03.11.12, 15:36
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1. And what shall the UN say?
Me   (11.03.12)
I'm guessing it will sound roughly as follows: "President Assad, while we do appreciate and understand your brutal murdering of your own people, we ask that you please not defy the peace treaty. Thanks."
2. Don't take their picture
Gee ,   Zikron Yaakov   (11.03.12)
Destroy them on sight
3. And so it begins.....
4. Nobody is impressed
Paul ,   Jerusalem   (11.03.12)
that Israel is so civil it complains to the organization that has contributed most to its illegitimacy. What did the Turks do to these beasts, when the Syrian fire got too close? Bomb them without thought and threaten them with more.
5. tanks
eddie ,   n massapequa United   (11.03.12)
IDF should place 6 tanks there !
6. Paul # 4
Arnold ,   Canada   (11.03.12)
While I agree with you about Turkey's move I question whether the IDF can follow the same route. I am afraid that firing at Syrian tanks immediately without some sort of meeting of the minds at the UN might bring Islamic militants out of the woodwork to start attacking Israel's north. If all else fails then the IDF must do what it must do.
7. This is all deliberate
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (11.03.12)
The Syrian rebels are deliberately pushing the battle southward, hoping that Israel will enter the fray at great cost to Assad. Well, Israel will enter the fray should the need to preserve its sovereignty arises. Where's UNIFIL; they're supposed to monitor the demilitarized zone -- the truce signed in 1973 precludes Syria from arming the demilitzarized zone, and the United Nations is supposed to enforce it. What the rebels will discover, much to their chagrin, is that Israel will simply say "A pox on both your houses," and retaliate against both Assad and the rebels for bringing their family squabble to our borders.
8. The last thing we need is this on our borders
David ,   Israel   (11.03.12)
Israel must hold off from any interaction unless it spills into our territory. Anything that is considered otherwise will only lead the opposition of Syria to see a reason to fight Israel and embolden Assad.
9. There is just too much
Bantu Bull ,   Rhodesia   (11.03.12)
kindness from Israel. Its like David sparing the soul of King Saul.
10. UN forces worthless - on vacation all the time!
Barbara ,   Haifa Israel   (11.03.12)
11. Sarah how about dunkin' ur head in the Yarmuk!
that should assist you in cleaning your head out of all that "verbal sewage" floating around in there. and remember while mental masturbation is a fun activity...intellectual intercourse is always what YOU should strive for! Get over yourself cause we aren't all about fixin your stupid!
12. At what point does Russian pride
Stephen in New York   (11.03.12)
The so-called "Samson Option" the anti-Semites here love to complain about may actually be fulfilled by Assad if he were going down. His last card is to involve Israel or the West in the hope that Russia will intervene to save him. A card of desperation, but maybe the last Assad has to play. The issue is at what point does Russian pride become involved in the Russian decision-making process? Once Russian pride is invested in the outcome, Russia becomes dangerous. That was the problem John Kennedy faced during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Kennedy managed well the issue of assuaging Russian pride and still accomplished his strategic goal (getting Russkie missiles outta Cuba). Israel must avoid combat with Syria and hope that Russia keeps its head.
13. Syrian tanks
graczek ,   Maryland, USA   (11.03.12)
Today they entered the zone by error, granted. In the near future, they will be on the vanguard of the armies that will defeat Zionism and permanently liberate all of Holy Palestine. You can count on that.
14. #13, thank you for the great laugh!
snork!   (11.03.12)
Laughter is good for the soul! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
15. A Clear Move needed to prevent a plague
Martin ,   SA   (11.03.12)
This incursion cannot go unchecked. Troops must go in an immediate response to show the suggested error is unacceptale to us and must re-occur.
16. # 13
Birdi ,   Israel   (11.03.12)
Yes sure gracie, with you leading them!!! Joke of the day is on you.
17. Ehud Barak is a sad sack
Barry   (11.03.12)
He'd rather complain to his elitist friends in the UN than take action. Prediction: he will do nothing.
18. To: No. 13
Sarah B ,   U.S.A.   (11.03.12)
Hard to see how an army can defeat an ideology, but I'd love to see you put together another Crusade. Watch what happens. Please make sure that you march in the vanguard.
19. To N 11 (anonymous)
Luiz F Haddad ,   Niteroi, Brazil   (11.04.12)
You must respect Mr's Sarah B. Your expressions about her are offensive and almost obscene; fully unappropriate for a serious debate. Beyond it, she is a honoured lady. Sincerely.
20. No harm done
3 tanks? So what...this had nothing to do with Israel and no harm done — they retreated. If the rebels take over and win, Israel may be in for unexpected and more serious problems.
21. #19
Frank-el ,   Seattle USA   (11.04.12)
I see no "honour" in heartless arrogance and advocating destruction and hatred.
22. To: No. 19
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (11.04.12)
Thank you very much, Judge.
23. To: Stephen at No. 12
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (11.04.12)
I wouldn't worry too much about Russia. They don't do well in wars that are not fought on Russian soil -- hell, they haven't done all that well against Chechnya, either. Remember Afghanistan? That's the last time that Russia was involved in an external war. And they lost that one. By the way, do you remember when Israel shot down 82 Syrian MiGs? Roughly half of the pilots were Russian. I don't think Russia is interested in squaring off against Israel any time soon. They'll drop Syria like a bad habit if faced with the prospect of taking on Israel.
24. Syria
MR   (11.04.12)
Come on ladies and gents, you know my position but let's be fair: we bombed them when we though it was right and they didn't react. Now, this was no agression directed against Israel. Buffer zone, shmuffer zone, it's between them, not against us. Calm down. Our gorgeous boys and girls are there and they know what to do in case of... but this is not the case. Let Al Qaida fight Assad, don't even whisper to distract them. Just be ready (I know what it means, all my love to IDF!). For the rest of us, enjoy the Israeli life, that's what our soldiers fight for. Don't render their effort useless by living in stress when there is no need for that.
25. IDF planes should have taken out the syrian tanks that were
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (11.04.12)
clearly in the demilitarized zone. The UN is nothing more than helpless buffoons.
26. let me see. so al qaeda can be there but not assad?
jack bauer   (11.04.12)
give me a frigging break. Assads guys should be able to capture and kill andy and all rebel terrorists they can. There should be no safe zones for these brotherhood/al qaeda gangs.... Assads people should simply call the IDF explain whats gonna happen and then proceed to utterly destroy the terrorists and then go back out of the zone.
27. To: No. 21
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (11.04.12)
Then why are you such a big fan of the ersatz "Palestinians?" Or is the hatred of Jews and wanting to bring about the destruction of the State of Israel perfectly acceptable to you?
28. Whoever wins nothing good comes for you!
Tayfun_Turkey ,   Istanbul   (11.04.12)
If current Syrian rebels take over government their first target will be Israel. Syrian rebels split with Kurdish elements which was US-Israeli agents in the region. So We may say new Syrian government under rebels will not be good for Israel. As for ties with Iran, it is not a matter of Ideology, but they will have to side with them against Israel. Iran will supply all necessary equipment to wipe Israel off the map.
29. #28
Moshe of Rockville ,   Rockville,MD USA   (11.04.12)
If the rebels succeed in defeating the Assad government and begin to attack Israeli towns and cities,Syria would soon no longer be a threat to anyone.Syrian military has been beaten by the IDF in '48,'67,'73 ,the in-between periods, and since then. Iran will not win in their efforts to continually harass the Jewish State.Indeed, certain nuclear weapons sites in Iran have certainly been targeted and will receive a dose or two of Israeli retaliation.The IDF does not have to risk their pilots for their long range rockets will carry death and destruction to the sites of Iranian offensive capabilities.
30. To: No. 28
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (11.04.12)
1. Iran won't be around to supply the Syrians with anything. 2. Syria won't be around to ask Iran for anything. What the hell is wrong with you, anyway? Do you think the State of Israel is just going to sit back and watch? Think again.
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