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May 17, 2013 10:10 pm

Israeli Official: We Thought Assad Would Fall Faster

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A Syrian refugee camp on the Turkish border for displaced people of the Syrian civil war. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JPost – The debate over the situation in Syria and President Bashar Assad’s chances for survival has sharpened recently within the Israeli defense establishment. A senior defense official claimed recently in closed conversations that Israel has erred in its estimates of how quickly Assad would fall from power in Syria.

According to the official, Israel has “underestimated” Assad’s strength and the inner life force of the Syrian regime.

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  • jerry hersch

    Assad’s core support is now fighting for their lives and their families lives from reprisals.
    Assad may well survive in a reduced size Syria-Everything east of the Aleppo-Hamah-Homs line can well be ceded….Assad’s core groups have little historical connection with this area other than the older Christain areas of Aleppo.
    Damascus is Syria’s heart Assad will hold on at any cost.With Hezbollah holding the southern flank and Assad/Hezbollah units controlling the route 7 corridor this is a very likely occurance.
    Reduced size and ‘cleansing’ of undesirables could give Assad a secure defensible state -under the Iranian umbrella on the Israeli border to the Mediterranean.
    It seems that Assad may turn out to be the better chess player.