Israel: Open The Golan Now

Israel again displays its Mammoth bone-headedness, and inability to act in its own interest.

“They (refugees) have not chosen to come close to us, but in the event of the regime’s downfall, which could happen…, (Israeli forces) here are alert and ready, and if we have to stop waves of refugees, we will stop them,” Barak said while gazing across the frontier, fighting visible in the distance.

Its main concern is for a ‘flood’ of refugees into the Golan in flight from an ethnic and tribal bloodbath. It says it is charitably disposed to admit a reasonable number. But no more. It cannot see that if it was to open the Golan now, it would ease the transition of power, and there might not be any ‘flood’ at all.
If  Isreal really does want improved relations with its new Syrian neighbour, the game starts now. It cannot sit back and watch while its old, implacable enemy in Damascus slaughters thousands demanding the kind of democracy Israel claims to represent. This is a great opportunity for Israel to put its words into action and allow the Red Crescent and UNESCO to set up camps in the Golan.
The Assad regime would be tactically disorientated, the battlefield cleared of many civilians, and Lebanon and Turkey eased of the huge problems caused by the influx. Some Turkish crossing posts have briefly been closed already.
When will Israel do something to live up to its rhetoric? On the eve of Ramadan, it offers its ‘best wishes to its Muslim friends’.  Then do something. Be seen to display some human decency.
It must also know that sooner or later it will have to abandon its occupation of the Golan, as demanded repeatedly by the UN.  So what exactly is stopping it?
Ramadan would be as good a time as any to implement this entirely peaceful and victimless assault on the Assad regime. Better late than never. As the British establishment finally realised when it reversed its attitude to the ANC, and stopped calling for the execution of the terrorist Nelson Mandela. It always pays to back the winner. This is a lesson Britain learned as an empire. Russia will never learn, it seems.

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