Calculated risk
Alex Fishman
Published: 31.01.13, 12:02
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1. Israel Needs To Destroy Hizbollah
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (01.31.13)
Israel needs to wage war on Hizbollah and make sure that not one Hizbollah strategic target is remaining. This is what needs to be done to insure the safety of Israel. Iran and it's proxies Hizbollah and Hamas and other enemies of Israel are stockpiling weapons, training and waiting for Israel to become vulnerable, it is then planning a massive attack against Israel perhaps using nuclear weapons. Israel cannot afford to stand idly by and wait for this massive attack. Israel must be proactive and destroy it's enemies before it's too late.
2. The biggest risk
Sarah B ,   TelAviv/London   (01.31.13)
is that Assad realising that he has nothing to lose launches a massive retaliatory strike on Israel in an effort to unite Syrians behind him. We will find out in the coming days, and from Russias initial comments it doesn't look like it is going to be good news. However, a plus for Netanyahu is he will be able to call for a governemtn of national unity, push evacuating the settlements into the long grass and cause an economic boom as Israel goes into a wrtime economy. Prehaps that is Netanyahu's equation, pretty large leftist block now, can't be ignored b takining the religious whackjobs on board in governemnt.
3. #2 not really
israel israeli ,   tel aviv   (01.31.13)
The Sunni are going for genocide of the Alawi and Assad can't waste weapons and men on Israel. In fact, the best ending for him seems to be an Alawi enclave informally protected from Sunni Jihad by Israel. For the same reason, Hezbollah also won't attack Israel. The only people with any interest in attacking Israel are Iran, if that will buy them time to develop nukes. But an attack on Israel now will draw an Israeli attack, that will delay the nukes. By the way, what motivation does Israel have for your proposed violent ethnic cleansing of Jews?
4. keep up the great work !
alsky ,   Toronto   (01.31.13)
5. I agree hez&Iran need to be taken out but....
brad ,   israel   (01.31.13)
When will our country ever have a moment of silence. Will we ever not be on the brink of war? I know on one hand we have to eliminate a threat before it is unable to be contained. But on the other it just starts a war and more israelis die. I just wish our people would be left alone already.
6. # 2..up until now I thought you made sense..now I see
Edithann ,   USA   (01.31.13)
you're just another variation of the same whacko theme of taking on the whole Middle East... I suggest more wall building..... TATA
7. 2 a fake analysis by a fake
Cipora Julianna Kohn ,   Z   (01.31.13)
israel does not use military force unless she feels compelled to do so. in this case, israel cannot allow chemical weapons and advanced anti-aircraft missiles to fall into the hands of islamist terrorists.
8. # 2
Birdi ,   Israel   (01.31.13)
Your crystal ball has a huge crack in it, delusional, you are!
9. Your analysis...
Naor ,   USA   (01.31.13)
...resembles that of a 9 year old girl who demonstrates almost zero comprehension of domestic, international politics, and geopolitical realities. I think you'd be better off watching a season of West Wing and leaving your contribution at that.
10. Cipora 7
Stephen in New York   (01.31.13)
Nice catch outing 2 as a fake. I consider it an encouraging sign that the White House issued a warning today to Syria. That warning is also intended for Iran and Russian ears. That Obama even took the trouble to do this adds uncertainty into the other side's calculus. BTW, now is not the time, but I have greetings to you from 3 who miss you.
11. Edithann 6 -works of art that save lives.
Stephen in New York   (01.31.13)
Israeli fences and barriers are l works of art that save lives. They wind their serpentine way through the countryside, gorgeous things of beauty.
12. Anyone awake and paying attention
Stephen in New York   (01.31.13)
knows that a war to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons began some time ago. We are in the opening stages of a war. "We" refers to all of us on planet Earth because of the weapons involved and the unknown consequences.
13. Pictures of Convoy?
Golden Dome ,   Washington, USA   (02.01.13)
Some reports say it was a research facility that was hit. Others say it was a weapons convoy. But no one has shown video footage. It shouldn't have been hard to see if it occurred on a road large enough for a military convoy.
14. # 13...How can you doubt Israel? TATA
Edithann ,   USA   (02.01.13)
15. 14 TATA
how can you doubt israel???? i don't see any verbal reaction to this from israel. they are mum. so why would you insinuate that israel said something about this event at all? and can or cannot be trusted. israel is mum completely. it is the other newspapers that bring in theories as to this attack, not israel. additionally, why would you care?
16. # 14...Because even you don't believe it..
Edithann ,   USA   (02.03.13)
Yes, Israel is so mum, other news outlet are singing the praises... You're very funny...Oh, again, I care because it's my money you are living and killing with..
17. Edithann, you care because....
Eaglebeak ,   Left Coast, USA   (02.03.13)
you hate Jews. Money has nothing to do with it.
18. to 16
Jennie ,   Israel/US   (02.04.13)
I feel your "ain"..You must do all you can to keep you money from going to Israel...You should write your senators...And when you get your money back, you could organize a mission to Gaza to see for yourself who is "mum"and who is singing what to whom...
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