Mr. Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul general in New York told the New York Times “Let them both [Assad and the Jihadists] bleed, hemorrhage to death: that’s the strategic thinking here. As long as this lingers, there’s no real threat from Syria.”
As of June 2013, Syrian civilian casualties stand at 36,661, including 8,000 women and children.
As of last week, the number of Syrian refugees surpassed 2 million, with half that number representing children.
An endless conflict in Syria is harming the minorities Syria will become another Afghanistan without their vibrant participation.
Jordan, an Arab country that signed a peace treaty with Israel, is choking because of the refugee problem and fear the threat the Jihadists pose against King Abdullah, a strong US ally.
Lebanon is experiencing the ghost of its past but with a sectarian flavor that could break the country apart and kill many civilians if it gets out of hand.
Iraq has witnessed thousands of casualties, mostly civilians, over the last few months because of Jihadi terror against Iraqi support of Assad.
Assad may deliver Hezbollah WMD contrary to all the assurances he made to the world.
The most important, though, is a new rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran I do not think Mr. Pinkas has configured in his calculations that would settle their differences temporarily to solve Syria in their best interests. Impossible? Not really, when you think about the Saudi bedfellows of late. Saudi officials will marginalize Bandar bin Sultan again if necessary.
Political miscalculations are not confined to defiant and violent Arab dictators only.
So, excuse me Mr. Pinkas when I say to you to get off your lazy ass to propose a sensitive solution to save lives, not sit on a tragedy that continues to kill civilians and break families apart because of a hope it might kill the terrorists. The Iraq-Iran war killed many bad people, but both countries, and all the bad characters, emerged stronger than before. Saddam invaded Kuwait and we all fear an Iranian nuclear program today.
How does 1 million uneducated and angry Syrian children help Israel find peace of mind? Since when spreading ignorance spreads stability?
We all want the same thing Mr. Pinkas, but the difference is we Syrians, fighting Assad and the Islamists, care about our people the same way we care about others. I am certain many Israelis share our sentiments and we all want to dig deep to solve the difficult problems before us, not just part of the problem that looks easy and makes us look indifferent to the sufferings of our neighbors.
Don’t you think this makes Israel lucky to have Syria as its neighbor?