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    With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    Candidly, I would have guessed the exact opposite. But I just read this off the AP wire a minute ago:

    With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria

    With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Behind an official wall of silence, Israel is signaling it wants the U.S. to strike Syria sooner rather than later, fearing that continued inaction could hurt American credibility in the region.

    Yet at the same time, Israel appears to have little desire to see Syrian President Bashar Assad toppled, on the theory that a familiar foe is preferable to some of those who might replace him, especially the Islamist extremists who are increasingly powerful in the rebellion.

    These contradictory forces have put Israel in a delicate position as the U.S. contemplates military action. In public, Israeli leaders have said little about President Barack Obama's handling of the Syria crisis. But following his decision over the weekend to postpone military action by seeking the backing of Congress, the signs of confusion and consternation appear clear.

    "I have full faith in President Obama's moral and operational stance. I recommend patience," President Shimon Peres said in a radio interview Monday, seeking to calm a nervous public. "I am confident that the United States will respond in the right way to Syria."
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    re: With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    Syria and Israel are long time enemies. Why is it surprising that they would want us to fight their battles for them?
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    re: With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    Israel bombed Syria in 2007. I'm sure they think the more the merrier.

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    re: With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    Syria and Israel are long time enemies. Why is it surprising that they would want us to fight their battles for them?
    No - I mean in general that they wanted us to take care of business with missiles right now. I think the way it would go down is USA does some limited strikes on Assad, then Assad and Iran go after Israel, then USA/Canada/EU bomb Syria back to the stone age. In the second phase, Israel would "have to take one for the team" so we had an excuse for an all out blitz like Desert Storm. I figured there was no way they wanted towns in Gaza Strip to get gassed; which is what I think happens in part 2 of my scenario.

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    re: With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    Syria and Israel are long time enemies. Why is it surprising that they would want us to fight their battles for them?
    Agreed. And that adds another piece to the puzzle. The Israeli's aren't the ones stamping their feet and having temper tantrums after chemical weapons were used (and we're not sure it was Assad). Israel is on the front door of the situation, but military action is being ramped up by people 4000 miles away. If the U.S. is the primary instigator for war then I'm not surprised that Israel wants the U.S. to fight the battle.

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    re: With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappo View Post
    No - I mean in general that they wanted us to take care of business with missiles right now. I think the way it would go down is USA does some limited strikes on Assad, then Assad and Iran go after Israel, then USA/Canada/EU bomb Syria back to the stone age. In the second phase, Israel would "have to take one for the team" so we had an excuse for an all out blitz like Desert Storm. I figured there was no way they wanted towns in Gaza Strip to get gassed; which is what I think happens in part 2 of my scenario.
    If they want it so bad, they can use their own damn bombers. Between 1993 and 2003, we gave them 262 F-16s and F-15s which are both fully capable of carrying out precision strikes with the billions of dollars of air to surface ordnance we've given them. Not sold, gave. We give them billions in military and financial support, and they're still magically incapable of doing their own dirty work, unless it involves tracking some old nazi down on the other end of the Earth.
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    re: With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    Isreali public also probably looking for some kind of action from a third party because they want someone to deter the use of chemical weapons without giving Assad a justified reason to respond in kind against the Israelis. Jews were victims of chem weapons in WWII. I'm sure that weighs on the minds of the Israeli public.

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    re: With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    In my view, both the US and Israel are hoping that Iran gets drawn in - it will give them cover for an attack on the Iranian nuclear program and facilities.
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    re: With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    Agreed. And that adds another piece to the puzzle. The Israeli's aren't the ones stamping their feet and having temper tantrums after chemical weapons were used (and we're not sure it was Assad). Israel is on the front door of the situation, but military action is being ramped up by people 4000 miles away. If the U.S. is the primary instigator for war then I'm not surprised that Israel wants the U.S. to fight the battle.
    What needs to happen is we let the UN carry out their investigation, and proceed with punitive actions if necessary, instead of ramping up the war machine again.
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    re: With eye on Iran, Israelis seek US action in Syria [W:36]

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappo View Post
    Candidly, I would have guessed the exact opposite.
    So would I.

    Maybe it's because Al Qaeda has never been that big of a threat to Israel ?

    At least with Assad in power, Israel knows who they are dealing with. So it doesn't make any sense.

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