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Let's say Daesh (ISIS) fighters attack an Israeli military patrol along the Syrian border.How do Israel and other key players respond? The players representing Israel and Jordan wanted to avoid a pitched battle against the terrorists – they looked to the United States for leadership.The outcome illustrated the paradoxical reality of the conflict against Daesh: Israel and Jordan act with caution and restraint, hoping to avoid being drawn deeper into the chaotic Syrian war, even as the United States escalates its involvement.Gen. John Allen, the retired Marine who until recently coordinated the U.S-led coalition's strategy against Daesh, played the American hand.A visit to Israeli military headquarters confirmed that the war game was an accurate reflection of how Israeli military leaders see the conflict. Rather than attacking Daesh along its northern and eastern borders, Israel pursues a policy of deterrence, containment and even quiet liaison, said a senior Israeli military official. He noted that if Israel wanted to mount an all-out ground attack on Daesh in southern Syria and the Sinai Peninsula, it could wipe them out in three or four hours.
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