I wouldn't be surprised if Bibi didn't view shoring up Assad as an added bonus - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • An Israeli
    • 07.05.13 | 19:00 (IDT)

    under the principle "better the devil you know". Bibi's job is to see to Israel's interests, and as part of the 'old school middle east', he probably doesn't think having Assad stay in power is that bad of an idea. I'm sure he preferred Mr. Erdogan's predecessor as well and Mubarak to the current Egyptian government, and the Shah to the Ayatollahs too. And in fact, about the only regime change that can be seen as having been even slightly favorable to Israel's interests, at least in the short term, was in Iraq, and that was midwifed by the Americans at a great cost in blood and treasure which isn't likely to be repeated. If, in the long term, all these regime changes resulted in secular democracies with stable middle classes that have something to lose, Israel would be better off. Unfortunately, the first requirement of a democracy is citizens with a democratic mindset, and those are not born overnight. Meanwhile Bibi's job is to keep a lid on things, and in that, he is a tacit ally of Assad's who is trying to to the same. That's real politik for you.

    from the article: Turkey PM: Israeli strikes in Syria 'unacceptable,' only bolster Assad regime
    First published 14:50 07.05.13 | Last updated 14:29 07.05.13
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