Israel first wanted a regime change when it was believed that secular Syrians might take over Syria, but now that it's clear that Syria would be taken over by Al Qaeda, Assad does not look so bad. Israel wants to have stable neighbors and these Islamic extremist groups do not bring stability. Israel attacked Syria because Assad is arming Hizbollah terrorist with advanced weaponry. The preemptive strike was an act of self defense by Israel and nothing more. You will find that eventually Egyptians, Libyans, Iraqis and Syrians will miss their respective dictators as they provided stability.
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies at 82 (Haaretz)