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May 17, 2012 10:00 am

Ehud Barak: Assad is “Doomed” in Syria

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: wiki commons.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak urged the international community to increase pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying that he is “doomed” and that his departure would cause serious setbacks to Iran, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.

“I think that a way should be found … to change (the regime) in Syria, preferably (using) the Yemenite example, namely to let Assad and his group go out and … not to dismantle the party, the intelligence, the armed forces,” Barak said, according to AFP.

Barak’s remarks come as Assad blames the violence in his country on foreign mercenaries. “[The mercenaries] are being detained and we are preparing to show them to the world,” Assad said, emphasizing that foreign nations should refrain from interfering in Syrian affairs.

“If you saw chaos in Syria you may be infected by it yourself,” the Syrian president added, according to Fox News.

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