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Identifying the Strategic Front in War

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Oct 1, 2022 at 15:55

I know that you, Dr. Daniel Pipes, know the history of Israel extremely well. Accordingly, you are also aware of Israel's policy of "Wars between Wars." That has been a proven successful policy. Furthermore, democracies are less likely to participate in initiating aggressive wars (consider the USA WWI & WWII). As you know each Israeli war was fought as a consequent of an imminent military threat from outside of Israel. Israel's "wars between wars" were responses to mere terrorist attacks or threats.

I notice that you have not "Updated' this posting since you wrote it 5 years ago.

To pursue victory in a "hot" war one needs to identify the military fronts. This is why I call your attention to the Israel's Exceptionalism. Consider Ukraine today - Ukraine Russian military front is obvious and Ukraine is now engaged in a Counteroffensive against the Russian military and its proxies. But Israel's situation is by far more complex regarding its Front both in a literal and metaphorical sense.

Israel is at Peace with Jordan and Egypt, so there are no battles on the borders of these countries. The boundaries (not borders) where Israel is at war involve Lebanon and Syria. In the case of Syria the latest significant struggle involves defining the borders in the Mediterranean Sea where Israel discovered energy resources over which Lebanon has claims as well. Here Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah, a powerful non-governmental Lebanese proxy, just today announced that a settlement of terms with Israel would be a good thing for Lebanon. What can be a better peg for defining an Israeli victory than identifying the sovereign border
of Israel with officially belligerent Lebanon?

Regarding Syria, Israel is currently bombing Iranian sights where Syria's head, Assad, is supported by Russian, and Iranian military and paramilitary proxies. Turkish and Kurdish military and paramilitary forces, as well as ISIS, is another issue to complex to recite here. But they may be ignored on tactical grounds right now.

Then comes Iran, which has no contiguous border with Israel. But neither did the USA in the 2 World Wars. What we see in Iran currently is another internal rioting or rebelling demanding Regime Change. I can only speculate that Israel is doing everything in its power, together with Biden's Democratic Party administration to cause a Regime Change which would lead to a secular Iran as it existed under the Shah when women were permitted to walk the streets of Tehran (Iran's Capitol) in miniskirts. I arbitrarily end this commentary at this point.


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