You're completely right. I didn't even realize that Aluf Benn made a mistake here. My reaction might have been a bit too emotional, though. But I really do think that the difference must be made between Hafez and Bashar. Not only because Hafez planned to give the lead to his eldest son Basil who died earlier, but also because the Assads belong to quite a different group inside of Islam and the flow of informations to Bashar might be different from the flow of information to his father. But I may also be influenced by the simple fact that he studied in a western country and that he is a physician. Of course, we know terrible examples of cruel doctors who are far remote from any humanist ideals.
4.2-scale earthquake felt in Dead Sea, Jerusalem area (Haaretz)
from the article: We need a Nasrallah