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Iran obsession: Netanyahu's reckless gambit in Syria will only cause more chaos for the region

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In analyzing Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians close to home and repeated acts of military aggression in Syria, the words of ancient Greek general and historian Thucydides ring true: “The strong do what they can and the poor suffer what they must.”

The aforementioned quote comes from the Melian Dialogue within the Athenian’s classic work, ‘History of the Peloponnesian War’, covering the war between Athens and Sparta in 431–404 BC. It poses one of the most enduring moral questions humanity has confronted throughout its history. It is one that retains relevance today.

When it comes to Israel, more than relevant the assertion of ‘might is right’ implicit in Thucydides’ words can no longer be ignored by Western governments responsible for giving Tel Aviv license to treat international law and fundamental norms of restraint with contempt.

Earlier this month in a New York Times interview, Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot of the IDF boasted that Israel had “struck thousands of targets [in Syria] without claiming responsibility or asking for credit.” The Lieutenant General was in effect openly acknowledging that Israel is now waging war against Iran and regards Syria as the frontline in this war.

Borne in mind here should be the role of Syria’s Iranian ally in the brutal conflict that has engulfed the country since 2011. Indeed without Iran’s role in this conflict, along with that of Russia and the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, the black flag of Salafi-jihadism would today be flying over Damascus rather than the flag of the secular Syrian Arab Republic.

Evidence for this assertion is the direct and........

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