The Role of Israel in the Syrian Conflict

(MSNBC) Interview with Itamar Rabinovich - Q: Is it in the interest of Israel for Assad to stay in power? Rabinovich: No, it is not. If Assad stays in power under the present circumstances, this would be a victory for the axis of Russia, Iran, Hizbullah and Assad. Assad will be even more of an Iranian puppet than he is now. and definitely it is not in our interest. Q: Why, then, has Israel not been more vocal with regard to striking Syria? Rabinovich: Because we do not want to be part of this conflict. This conflict is not about Israel. It is a Syrian conflict. It is a regional conflict. What the regime tries to do is to turn it into yet another Israeli issue and we do not want to fall into that trap. Itamar Rabinovich, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., was former chief negotiator for Israel with Syria.

2013-09-09 00:00:00

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