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Gaza vs. Iran - for an Israeli Victory, Consider Iran First

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Sep 24, 2019 at 15:21

I've always complained that the notion of "Victory" as answering the issues of Policy for Israel is too Vague in the writings of Daniel Pipes. But this article seems to do better when it concludes with three questions that appear Tactical in nature: (1) Starvation, (2) Homelessness, and Leaderless. And these are applied to the inhabitants of Gaza only. But in fact the issue of Palestine involves (1) the Palestinian Residents and so-called "Refugees" of the world, the (2) Arab populations of the world, and (3) the Muslims (Sunni or Shia) of the world.

With these distinctions in mind, it seems like Gaza is an "annoyance" for Israel which merely requires "mowing the lawn." the strategic real or primary enemy of Israel for war appears to be Iran. And here it seems that "Strategic Patience" may be best. Providence (arguably) appears to be at work; In Syria, Russia is allegedly struggling against Iran to take control of Assad victory, appointing or assassination leader of different militias that don't submit to Russia interests. two other players in the field are Turkey and the Kurds with their adverse goals at play. The situation is extremely complex - unlike the World Wars of the West's Cold War against the Soviet Union in which the Enemies were either Neutral (Switzerland) or neatly fell into the camps of Allies or Axis Powers. But in the Middle East we seem to have a War of All Against All.

An Israeli victory therefore deepens on the outcome of the Strategic struggles between Israel and Iran - mainly. So from a Policy point of view, the Strategic Threat to Israel is not from the East (Gaza), but from the North - Lebanon and Syria, and from the further North - Iraq. And here, it seems, another lawn is growing from Israel's viewpoint, in which undeclared bombing are used by Israel to mow it. And whether or not this will turn into War should be decided by other participants: Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Iran.

So the best Policy should be Patience. The United States under Trump is squeezing Iran economically. And the Saudis are confronting Iran by attacking their proxies in Yemen, the Houthies. And in the case of Syria and Lebanon, the Iranians may have over-extended themselves, particularly in Syria where the Iranians now face the Russians as their primary adversaries, with Turkey and the Kurds imposing their own interests that should make Syria continue in instability and costliness for the interests of Iran. It increasingly looks like a repetitively Cold Israeli war against Iran and its non-State militia Proxies is the best Policy and Strategy for an Israeli Victory.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
victory in gaza [8 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Jan LapterOct 9, 2019 05:44255300
Gaza border [20 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
RodOct 7, 2019 16:16255263
Love Rod's idea [65 words]PrashantOct 8, 2019 23:26255263
identifying candidates for the new regime [155 words]mythOct 3, 2019 08:24255190
Should Israel invade Gaza? [501 words]PrashantSep 30, 2019 21:52255147
Gaza cannot be excised, but it can be shrunk like a wart [88 words]DaveSep 28, 2019 06:16255100
Utopia are inherently dangerous [210 words]Vadim AnshelevichSep 27, 2019 15:16255089
Gaza invasion? [26 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Dan SchnittkerSep 25, 2019 10:43255022
1Gaza vs. Iran - for an Israeli Victory, Consider Iran First [444 words]RobertSep 24, 2019 15:21255002
2Strategic Bombing [85 words]Allen MillerSep 24, 2019 14:02254999
2if "we must uproot the terror from within Gaza", then Martin Sherman's policy is what is needed [transfer] [28 words]RonSep 24, 2019 08:56254992
2Can you "defeat" an idea? [151 words]Yoel Ben-AvrahamSep 24, 2019 03:56254983
Shaalu shalom Yerushalaim - Eventually Answered [104 words]M ToveySep 24, 2019 16:21254983
2We all know the answer [84 words]KoerbaghSep 24, 2019 03:36254982
2Total Victory is Possible. [109 words]Reynald de ChatillonSep 24, 2019 01:55254980
1Victory. [158 words]MARKSep 24, 2019 00:20254973
1Declaration of War [87 words]Thomas E. MaddocksSep 23, 2019 23:44254972
What about a few surgical strikes [50 words]BernardSep 23, 2019 23:18254971
1From the River to the Sea [40 words]Ringo PhoneboneSep 23, 2019 22:29254970

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