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Send a Strong Message but Avoid a Spiral Into War

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Israel’s airstrikes on dozens of Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, its destruction of missile caches and anti-aircraft systems and the severe damage it did to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military capabilities are the expected and even required result of Iran’s missile fire at Israel. That missile fire was in retaliation for previous Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria, whose purpose was to prevent Iran from stationing missiles in Syria that could hit Israel, or at least to create a balance of deterrence against it.

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This is an appropriate strategy employing important lessons learned from Lebanon, where Hezbollah succeeded in........

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