Is a Joint IDF-SDF Strategic Operation Responsible Policy?

Would it be responsible for the Israeli government to launch a joint IDF-SDF strategic operation in Syria and Lebanon in response to Hezbollah’s expected massive rocket/missile barrages against Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities after Israel destroys the Iranian nuclear weapons program in late 2022 or early 2023?

To answer that question we must go back to 1948 and 1967. Was it responsible policy to launch those wars? I certainly was. Both wars have in hindsight proven pivotal to Israel’s very survival and so will no doubt this war as well. Hezbollah’s continued projectile buildup is a threat against Israel’s very existence and Israel must undo that threat. It is not possible to destroy Hezbollah without also in the process undoing its Lebanese and Syrian patrons since they are utterly intertwined with Hezbollah indeed. Those supporters of terrorism do not deserve to exist. 

Israel would establish an Aramean Christian state that would be officially bilingual in Aramaic and Arabic and Israel would annex Median Jewish (Alawite and Druze) regions of Syria and Lebanon to Israel. The rest of Lebanon would be annexed by the new PYD (Democratic Union Party) government in Damascus as installed by the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) of the AANES (Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria). All border changes would take place through an international trilateral agreement between Jerusalem and the new governments in Beirut and Damascus. Palestinians of the northern Levant would be enfranchised wherever they live, whether by Israel, Aram or Syria.

The war is less risky than it may seem. The most risky aspect of the war is the tunnel guerrilla warfare both in Gaza and Lebanon that will no doubt cost many Israeli soldiers’ lives. Israel will apply overwhelming force and destroy the enemy through technological superiority. If the US arms the SDF with heavy weapons (particularly tanks and artillery) will that very substantially shorten the course of the joint IDF-SDF campaign since the SDF will advance far more rapidly and the US has since 1973 viewed shortening Israeli wars as an American national interest.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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