The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Israel’s real fear of Syria’s chemical weapons

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­By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
July 24, 2012

Yaakov Katz, defense analyst for the Jerusalem Post, wonders what’s behind Tel Aviv’s sabre rattling over Syria’s chemical weapons. Citing public declarations by senior IDF officers that Hezbollah is “deterred from acting against Israel today,” Katz suggests:

Therefore, it might be the case that if Hezbollah obtains chemical weapons or advanced surface-to-air missiles, the opposite will happen – Israel will be the one deterred from taking action, losing the operational freedom it has today.

Take, for example, the following scenario – a soldier is abducted along the border with Lebanon and Israel wants to retaliate. Hezbollah warns that if the IDF invades it will launch chemical weapons into Israel. This has been one of Israel’s traditional arguments against allowing Iran to obtain a nuclear capability. It is not a threat just because of the possibility that one day a long-range ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead will be fired into downtown Tel Aviv, but due to the nuclear arms race it will set off in the region and because it will impair and undermine Israel’s operational freedom.

That argument is now being used regarding Syria and Hezbollah.

So the next time Benjamin Netanyahu asks you to imagine the people who are supposedly “conducting with Iran all these terror attacks around the world” having chemical weapons, try to imagine a world where Israel’s freedom to attack its neighbours with impunity whenever it chooses to do so is impaired.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

July 24, 2012 at 10:14 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Reblogged this on Piazza della Carina.


    July 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

  2. Grazie mille!

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    July 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  3. In an analysis of “Iran and Hezbollah’s terror escalation against Israel,” Haaretz recalls “first wave of Iran-Hezbollah attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets abroad” in 1994/95:

    The current campaign, which began more or less four years ago, is not the first wave of Iran-Hezbollah attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets abroad. The terror campaign of 1994/95 included a failed March 1994 truck bombing of the Israeli embassy in Bangkok; the July 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community’s AMIA building, in which 85 people were killed and 300 wounded; the July 1994 suicide bombing on a commuter aircraft in Panama, 12 of whose 21 victims were Jews and a Hezbollah cell in Singapore’s 1995 plan to attack Israeli (and American) ships and the Israeli embassy.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    July 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  4. Bashar al-Assad may have Saddam’s chemical weapons which CIA and Mossad could not find after destroying most advanced Arab country in 2003. However, Jewish Army Generals know from their 2006 experience that Hizbullah fighters can defeat them for the third time without Syrian WMDs.


    July 25, 2012 at 12:39 am

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