Monday, 6 November 2017

Prepare For War...................from Dan Friedman

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War is on the way to Israel and her neighborhood. Bet the farm on that. The only thing uncertain is how hard Israel will push for complete victory at the end. In the past, without exception, she's acted as if she was the one who lost. Frankly, I don't think she'll make that mistake again. On paper, Israel's much too strong today. But with Jews you can't be sure. The Left in Israel is dying, but they haven't breathed their last just yet. And, as always, a lot rides on the conduct of the USA. Unfortunately, I have it on good authority that Trump is already sending Israel the wrong signals. To quote my confidante, "he's already getting in the way." If Trumps succeeds in pushing out the oilman, Tillerson, maybe the situation in DC will change. But even my friend on the inside isn't sure about that.

All that aside, here's my litmus test for which to judge Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu. An early indicator. If he doesn't treat a conflict with Hezbollah & Co. as a conflict with their sponsor Iran, then he is not a serious wartime commander and this will all end inconclusively again. Just another prelude to a bigger bloodier conflict a few years hence.
But in the best case scenario, this is Israel's chance to kill three birds with one stone: Destroy the last hope of the Arabs to eliminate the Jewish state; kill the deadly "peace process" once and for all; and end Iran's mortal threat to the Jews and the world. Not an opportunity to be missed in my opinion. I am sure I will not live long enough to see another one like it. Carpe diem.

Dan Friedman
NYC

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