Can Syria Break its Iranian Bear Hug?

[Ha'aretz] Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff - Iran's official response to the news of indirect talks between Syria and Israel suggests that Tehran was not in the loop. However, it is not readily obvious that Syria will rush to break ties with Iran, certainly not in the first stage of talks with Israel. The new rules of the game in Lebanon have granted Hizbullah de facto control over the country. Retaining Syrian influence in Lebanon is more important to Assad than regaining the Golan Heights. That is very hard to do without Iran and Hizbullah.

2008-05-26 01:00:00

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