Threatening Israel

(Jerusalem Post) Editorial - "If Damascus is attacked, Tel Aviv will burn," a Syrian higher-up bristled this week. The very fact that a neighboring state could be held for ransom for events entirely outside its control should shock world opinion. But it does not. We suspect the reaction would be radically different had any other country been similarly threatened for no fault of its own. This is disconcertingly reminiscent of our traumatic experience during the First Gulf War when Israel suffered repeated heavy missile attacks, including 40 Scud hits. The Iraqi warheads were aimed directly and unmistakably at civilian population centers. Saddam Hussein's reasoning was that by targeting Israel he was hurting the U.S. At the time, the only American response was to advocate Israeli restraint. This time Israel has made it clear that this country and its people will not be pawns in the wars that others wage.

2013-08-29 00:00:00

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