Chances are not good that whoever would replace Assad would be more open towards Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Giggles
    • 22.03.11 | 04:48 (IST)

    As a matter of fact, they're pretty slim. The biggest threat to his regime comes from Islamists, which if you care to think about it, is why he's maintained the alliance with Iran to keep its influence and interference OUT of Syria. But his secular regime is fundamentally at odds with Iran's, and so he's also quite aware that the alliance doesn't guarantee him a thing against Iran's long term goals...which is why he's sought peace with Israel and closer ties with the US. If you really think about it, considering his secular government and the fundamentalist government of Iran, it really IS an unlikely alliance! Personally, I believe he's sort of caught between a rock and hard spot, and he actually wants out from under Iran's shadow - situation which he was left under by his father - but he can't do so outright until he's gotten certain guarantees from the US, which would require peace with Israel - why he's been so insistent that the US be directly involved once 'direct' peace talks with begin - neither of which are forthcoming unless he first makes the break! It's a catch-22! But it's all moot if indeed he is overthrown, and you can almost bet that whoever takes his place will not be secular. And bottom line, Israel needs to wake up to the fact that its occupations - not religion or its existence or previous wars - ARE the driving force behind the resentment and hostility for Israel that's held by regional populations. There's only one way to defuse that animosity, and there will ALWAYS be only one way to defuse it!

    from the article: Protests in Syria / It's getting closer
    First published 01:10 22.03.11 | Last updated 01:10 22.03.11
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