This is essentially a hydrostrategic matter, and not the first article along those lines in Ha'aretz.
They had previous work published on this, by Ze'ev Schiff no less. The main idea is to prepare an eventual deal with
1- It is all based on confidential Israeli studies on the need to keep the regions of the Golan that feed the Kinneret aquifer, which represents up to 20% of
2- It is also based on the need to maintain, if not a radar outlook on
With this in mind, I see the revelation in Ha'aretz as an attempt at deal making, informing the Syrians as to the maximum that they can get. But neither are the Syrians able to make a deal, nor are the Israelis willing to give them so much.
The problem is that when you call
Ever so perceptive, Mary at ExitZero (Thanks for the update!) pointed out an “interesting” piece on AsiaTimes; it is an article by Kaveh L Afrasiabi, who simply proposes that “the Lebanese crisis be resolved amicably with the reapportionment of cabinet posts more proportional to the balance of political forces in the country, as favoured by not just Hezbollah but also by certain Christian leaders”.
This is beyond Chamberlain’s 1938 “peace for our time”. The good professor’s statement that “
Whatever the reasoning behind his piece, its inspiration must be an increasingly paranoid Iranian leadership, looking for Leverage and a potential deal, even if that means “selling their own”… But such Bazaari deals will likely be soundly ignored, at best; as they “Piled Higher & Deeper” by suggesting that only then can “the Saudis will be forgiven for their one-sided, blistering criticisms of Iran”…
Indeed, the lady doth protest too much…