INTO THE FRAY: THE HORRORS AT HAND

For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column:

THE HORRORS AT HAND

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Just as Hezbollah or ISIS/A-Qaeda affiliates may well have deployed in the Golan, had Israel withdrawn; so Hamas or other Jihadi elements may deploy on the highlands of Judea-Samaria if Israel withdraws

It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):

ALGEMEINER: https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/04/07/the-horrors-at-hand/
ISRAELI FRONTLINE: http://www.israelifrontline.com/2017/04/fray-horrors-hand.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20365
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE: https://israelnewsonline.org/into-the-fray-the-horrors-at-hand/
ISRAEL’S VOICE: http://www.israelsvoice.org/2017/04/07/fray-horrors-hand/
ISRAPUNDIT: http://www.israpundit.org/archives/63622392
MEDIUM: https://medium.com/@martinsherman/into-the-fray-the-horrors-at-hand-9b55fee2800e
JEWSDOWNUNDER: http://jewsdownunder.com/2017/04/07/fray-horrors-hand/
JEWISH PRESS: (To be posted)

An excerpt:

The action of discouraging an action or event through instilling doubt or fear of the consequences. – The Oxford Dictionary

…the Arab states can permit themselves a series of military defeats while Israel cannot afford to lose a single war… a military defeat of Israel would mean the physical extinction of a large part of its population and the political elimination of the Jewish state. …To lose a single war is to lose everything, – Yigal Allon,  Israel: The Case For Defensible Borders , Foreign Affairs, October 1976 

…the lack of minimal territorial expanse places a country in a position of an absolute lack of deterrence. This in itself constitutes almost compulsive temptation to attack Israel from all directionsWithout a border which affords security, a country is doomed to destruction in war Shimon Peres, Tomorrow is Now, 1977

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Victims of the gas attack in Idlib, Syria

For anyone who really needed it, this week’s horrific chemical airstrike on civilians in Northern Syria provided a jarring reminder of the merciless realities that prevail throughout the Arab world—and of the fate Israel and Israelis would be subject to, were it not for the military might of the IDF… But of course, such barbarism is not confined to the Syrian theater. Across virtually all the Arab world, bloodcurdling waves of indiscriminate killings have repeatedly ravaged entire countries. …It is a savagery that is amply reflected in the Palestinian administered areas both in Gaza under Hamas and in the “West Bank” under Fatah…Curiously, this is somehow never realistically factored into the chronically short-sighted policy proposals Israel is pressured to accept in the typically ill-conceived efforts to end the Arab-Israeli conflict…

As usual your talkbacks/comments/critiques welcome,
Best wishes,
MS

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