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The ongoing civil unrest in the Middle-East and North Africa has left Israel feeling isolated and uneasy.The country is looking to bolster support internationally and peace talks with Syria could be in the cards now that Syrian President Bashar Assad has let it be known that he is willing.
The issue has been divisive but here’s an argument in favour of it at ynet news:
…Now (is the time for a peace treaty with Syria), because Syria possesses a war machine equipped with thousands of missiles that cover every inch of the State of Israel; there is no guarantee that our Air Force would be able to neutralize them, certainly not in the first hours of any war.
Now, because Syria seeks to build nuclear facilities that will produce nuclear bombs. Now, because if and when heavy fire starts in the north, it will be too late and all of us shall longingly recall, as happened after the Yom Kippur War, how the State of Israel refused the peace proposals made by Egyptian President Sadat (these same demands were accepted fully years later, and we returned the entire Sinai peninsula to Egypt.) Some 2,700 graves at our cemeteries are the silent testament of that terrible failure.
People are asking: What’s a peace treaty signed on paper worth? Look at what’s happening in Egypt and Jordan at this time. What will prevent the Egyptian and Jordanian armies from embarking on war? The answer is that almost any war starts from a state of calm or peace – and despite all the troubles, peace with Egypt has lasted for 32 years now, and peace with Jordan had been in place for 16 years. These peace treaties (touch wood) have stood the test of time thus far.
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