Israel's Red Line in Syria

(New Yorker) Dexter Filkins - When it comes to Syria, Israel is fighting a different war than the one that the U.S. would likely involve itself in. If the U.S. were to intervene, it would almost certainly do so to stop the Assad regime from massacring its own people or from using chemical weapons on a large scale. Israel, in short, is trying to stop Hizbullah. Syria is the crucial bridge between Hizbullah and its patron, Iran. The Iranian regime helped create Hizbullah in the early 1980s. Without Iranian weapons, money, and advisers, it's hard to imagine that Hizbullah could exist at all.

2013-05-08 00:00:00

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