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Submitted by Elisha Galon (Israel), Mar 28, 2006 at 09:50

Victory can be achieved when your enemy retains a modicum of rationality. The Muslim Arabs are not rational, are convinced that the land is theirs and they can fight for as long as it takes. Every effort we make to convince them otherwise has failed.

As far as military force is concerned, victory can be achieved easily enough by simply destroying them, but under the existing world situation this is obviously impossible.When we just hold back funds from them, the US and the UN begin to apply intense pressure. Imagine what pressure and what economic and cultural sanctions would be applied if we actually tried to bring them to admit defeat - i.e. invade once again, occupy all Palestinian cities, and mercilessily destroy all opposition. In the best Arab tradition, those who decide on the side of rationality, admit defeat and try to cooperate, would probably be murdered (cf. Iraq).

As I stated above, there is no military obstacle to physical victory, but can Israel pay the neccessary price?
The above analysis seems to be accepted by most Israelis in view of the fact that Uzi Landau has no political backing.
Perhaps you can tell us how victory is to be achieved without destroying Israel.
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