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Tactics, Strategy, amd Policy

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Feb 26, 2020 at 23:11

Thanks for clarifying things a bit.
You apparently advocate that Tactics and Strategy be left to the Israelis, as you say, we Americans should stay out of it.

However, advocating Victory as a Policy is still too vague for me to understand. Victory generally means a military defeat of the enemy belligerent in a War, between or among Soverign states (or countries), or involving only One sovereign country, which means a Civil War.

The problem seems to be twofold: (1) Israel's adversaries, state and non-state, resort to Terrorism over which there is great difficulty in a successful Military solution. How does one defeat such enemies while not violating Human Rights? This is a Policy issue, isn't it? (2) Unlike any other country or sovereign state, Israel only has the USA on its side. The UN, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Arab League, EU, etc., all have voices in supporting the "Palestinians" who were first subjected to the League of Nations Mandate. I seems like the biggest "Policy" issue is what to do with the Millions of so-called Palestinian Refugees who dream of returning to Israel, while Ayatollah Iran, Gaza's Hamas (etc.) , and Lebanon's Hezbollah dream of the DESTRUCTION of the state of Israel. It appears that War against these 3 or more belligerents is your implicit Policy. War and Conquest is the only way to achieve Victory. And even the PLO is a phony "peace" Palestinian organization. As you know, Arafat outright lied when he wrote and announced the Amendment of the Palestinian Charter or Constitution.

Another Policy possibility is going to War against Jordan unless it recognizes the right of Palestinians who will not or cannot return to Israel, to be granted Jordanian Citizenship since Jordan was once Transjordan and a part of Mandatory Palestine - until the British created that 1st Palestinian state. I'm sure you know enough European 19th and 20th century European history to understand how the states and countries of Europe finally established "peaceful" countries - through, War, Irredentism, and Nationalism.

By implication, your advocacy of Victory, in this context means that Israel should become Proactive. It has no choice if the Policy is Victory as you advocate. The Middle East has changed drastically in the last 40 years - to the point were Muslim or Arab Unity is more of a Dream rather than Reality. But Victory without War or the methods of war is unattainable.

So even on the Issue of Policy of Victory, we should be more specific - otherwise we are left with a mere Slogan.

Submitting....

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Okay, you win. The 45 articles listed here amount to no more than a slogan.

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