"...Given the irreversibility of the huge Israeli civilian presence in Judea and Samaria and continuing Palestinian rejectionism, Western governments must reassess their approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
Facts on the ground, as shared by Yisrael Hayom:
Yesterday, was graduation day at the National Defense College, and both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak made statements.
Netanyahu listed the five major threats to Israel, maintaining that ultimately, Israel can counter "any one of these threats." At the top of his list, of course:
"The Iranian nuclear program is a threat to us and to the entire Middle East. But there is also a closer threat – there are chemical weapons in Syria that are currently in certain hands, and tomorrow could be in different hands."
As to Iran, Barak said:
"I am well aware of the difficulties involved in thwarting Iran's attempts to develop a nuclear weapon. However, it is clear to me that, without a doubt, dealing with the threat itself will be far more complicated, far more dangerous and far more costly in terms of both resources and human life." (Emphasis added)
That is, quite simply, that it's better to take out Iran's ability to go nuclear, whatever the difficulties, than to cope with a nuclear Iran. This is Israel's unequivocal position.
And Barak said something else that is just as important: at the moment of truth, Israel can only rely on itself.
Whatever his statements regarding the need for the international community to rally with regard to Iran, he knows full well that this is not going to happen.
Iran is moving ever forward: reports are that Iran now has 11,000 centrifuges active in enrichment facilities, which is 1,000 more than what an IAEA report in May indicated.
One must wonder how long we'll wait.
With regard to Syria, Barak said:
"We are monitoring the events in Syria very closely. We have said this and we mean it: The State of Israel will not accept the transfer of advanced weapons systems from Syria to Hezbollah."
And so I'll close here with a link to an interesting article on the multiple ways in which Israel does monitor Syria, including spy satellites, advanced reconnaissance aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and moles on the ground.
There is, for example, the TecSar satellite, which is able "to create high-resolution images of objects on the ground in any weather conditions, as well as at night, and to see through certain rooftops that are not made of concrete."
Or reconnaissance aircraft that uses "an advanced and long-range electro-optical camera that enables operators to search and track land and sea targets, day or night and in all weather conditions.
"Developed by Elbit Systems subsidiary El-Op, the camera is said to be one of the most advanced of its kind in the world. While the exact specifications of its resolution are classified, it has amazing resolution, enabling operators to track targets even from standoff positions of dozens of kilometers.
"This would mean that Israel could potentially use these planes to gather intelligence on Syria while still flying in the Golan Heights or while flying over the Mediterranean Sea."
I would classify this amazing hi-tech capacity we have to protect ourselves as definitely good news.