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The Latest in the Syrian Conflict


The latest in the Syrian conflict has been reported in the Israeli press. It has been modified slightly since I first posted it. This is an excerpt:

"The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) is concerned about a number of types of potential attacks, including a cross-border infiltration into an Israeli community on the Golan, the abduction of a soldier or civilian, or rocket fire into Israel from Syria.

While there has been an increase in the presence of global jihad operatives in Syria, the IDF believes they are focused on toppling Bashar Assad’s regime, but that once that happens, they will shift their focus to attacking Israel, as their comrades in the Sinai Peninsula have been doing.

The army is also preparing for the possibility that large numbers of Syrians will rush the border to try to flee the regime’s bloody crackdown.

The IDF has prepared a number of areas along the border where it plans to contain the civilians in such a case, and protect them from Syrian military forces if needed. The government would decide whether to allow the refuge-seekers into Israel."

That is the end of the article. I wonder how many Israelis, Jews, Arabs, Muslims, Christians, and agnostics would be welcome in Syria if there was turmoil in Israel?

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=275630


Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

'Arabs should accept responsibility for Jewish refugees'

Deputy FM Daniel Ayalon urges Arab world to acknowledge historic liability for displacing Jews who once lived in Arab nations; creating Palestinian refugee problem by warring with Israel

by Nir Cohen Published: April 3, 2012, in 'Israel News'

The Foreign Ministry held a conference Tuesday, during which it presented a special report on "Jewish refugees from Arab nations."

Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon urged the Arab world to recognize its historic responsibility for displacing Jews who once lived in Arab nations and making them de-facto refugees.

"The Arab League must accept responsibility and recognize that they are the ones who caused the displacement of Jews from Arab countries," he said.

Ayalon further said that Arab nations should acknowledge their own role in creating Palestinian refugees, displaced by their wars with Israel.

The deputy foreign minister added that Israel will insist that Palestinian refugees will be absorbed in the future Palestinian state alone – the same way Jewish refugees were absorbed in the State of Israel.

"Today, about 50% of Israelis are refugees and descendants of refugees from those Arab nations. They have assimilated completely and have contributed to Israel's inception and advancement."

Ayalon added: "Just like the State of Israel took in the Jewish refugees, the Arab refugees who left Mandate-era Palestine should be afforded the same treatment."

The premise, he added, "Is doubly true in light of the Palestinian Authority's inception and the fact that its existence does not justify the existence of the Arab refugee camps."

Clipped from: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4212139,00.html

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

“It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.”

  • Mark Twain

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

I can't help but think that if large numbers of Syrian citizens were to wander about Israel, notice all the mosques, hear the five times daily calls to prayer from the minarets at the Mosques, see Arabs, Christians, Agnostics, and Jews living in peace in wealth that is seen in very few Arab countries, they would begin to question what all they have been told.

Especially when they see the Al-Aksa mosque, which is administered by the Islamic Waqf. The Al-Aksa mosque is a National Heritage Site in Israel, and if anything happens to it, it is the responsibility of the Israeli government to restore it, exactly to its former glory.

If that were more widely known in the Arab world, maybe a few opinions would be changed.

But, some people hate Jews no matter what. As W. B., one of my supervisors many years ago answered my question: "Why do you hate Jews so much?"

"I don't know! We just do!"

Carol Bowen 5 years, 11 months ago

To expect even a Syrian tourist to visit with an open mind would be a stretch. The dogma of each country is so ingrained now, that if borders were open, host countries would suffer.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 11 months ago

So will I be safe in Jerusalem when I go visit in mid September? And will I live to be 90? ;)

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

I wish I had the money to go with you!

If I were to be killed there, I cannot think of a better place to meet my maker.

riverdrifter 5 years, 11 months ago

Instead, go grouse hunting in Scotland. Sip a little Balvenie and you'll make 90 with ease.

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