The Jews’ weakness and fear are the major causes of anti-Semitism. Fear provokes both because it means an absence of retaliation and because it irritates: a feared person is presumed bad, violent – and lives down to those expectations. Israel shows weakness in its indecisive fights in Lebanon and Gaza and Winograd-type self-scourging reports. Israel shows fear by imploring for peace.

Israel frets now about the war with Syria. What’s the problem? Unlike its ancient counterpart, modern Syria has repeatedly proved itself immensely inferior to Israel in military contests. Syria is afraid of invading even Lebanon, but funds Hezbollah and fringe militant groups like Fatah al Islam instead. Syria remembers well the times when IDF tanks were forty miles from Damascus. Assad understands that this time Israel – with US approval – would topple his regime. Syria is very different from Hezbollah: Syria cannot disperse among the civilians like a guerrilla group does. Assad is very different from Meshaal: Assad is formally appointed and could be removed from office. Syria could try small-scale provocations like conquering a beachhead on the Golan Heights but won’t massively launch SCUD missiles against Israeli targets for fear of retaliation. Syria has too few Russian anti-aircraft missiles, and they offer no absolute protection, anyway. Syria lacks the kind of air defense superiority Egypt had with SAM-5 missiles in 1973. Russian anti-tank missiles are good, and Syria possesses enough of them to repel the first counter-attacks, but Israel could shower Damascus with missiles instead of a ground invasion.

Syria realizes its weakness and clings to Iran as it clung to Egypt before. Egypt abandoned Syria and signed a peace treaty with Israel. Shiite Iran will all the more abandon Syria. Even a nuclear Iran won’t risk Israeli nuclear retaliation by protecting Syria.

In order to have a peace deal with Syria, Israel will have to abandon the Golan Heights. Demilitarized, they won’t be a huge strategic threat for Israel. Early warning stations will have to go, but then Israel has satellites and AWACS aircraft. Honestly, we want to keep the Golan Heights simply because we love them. The place is nice and enjoyable, compared to the moon-like Israeli landscape elsewhere – short of some places in Galilee, which is populated by Arabs so densely as to make the place scarcely useful for the Jews.

Judaism opposes symbols and pushes Jews to comprehend transcendent truths. The Israeli government lusts after symbols. A peace treaty is one such symbol. A peace treaty is no more a peace than a statue is a god. For the price of the lovely Golan Heights, Israel can have a peace treaty with Syria. Possibly, Syria would diminish its support for Hamas – though not for Hezbollah which furthers Syrian interests in Lebanon. But even Egypt under a very reasonable Mubarak spirals up an arms race with Israel and tacitly supports Palestinian terrorists by allowing unhindered cooperation with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Regardless of any peace treaty with Syria, Israel won’t be able to reduce her army; after the peace agreement with Egypt, the IDF has actually grown. Syria is irrelevant for Israel economically. The Syrians are the most ancient Jew-haters and won’t embrace their Israeli neighbors.

There can be no peace with Syria.