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Mideast Analyst: Fall of Aleppo Signals Entrenchment of Assad Regime, Iran in Syria, Bad News for Israel

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A scene from the Syrian civil war. Photo: Wikia.

A scene from the fighting in Syria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israel should be extremely concerned over the fall of Aleppo, as it means that Iran and its proxy Hezbollah have achieved free rein in Syria to try to establish a foothold along the Golan Heights, a Mideast expert wrote on Wednesday.

In an analysis for Israel’s Channel 2 News, Ehud Ya’ari said that, aside from the “heart-wrenching carnage and destruction” the world is witnessing in Syria, “it is now clear that [President] Bashar Assad will remain ensconced in his palace…as long as US President-elect Donald Trump does not offer Russian President Vladimir Putin the right price for abandoning him.”

Alluding to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reported coordination with Putin — regarding IDF operations aimed at preventing the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah and Russian air strikes too near to Israel’s northern border — Ya’ari said that if the Russian president decided to ignore the unwritten contract, he could simply order his air force to crush rebels in southern Syria.

Fortunately, however, Ya’ari continued, “This scenario is not materializing in the meantime, because Putin has his own priorities: seeking understandings with Trump over Europe and the Mideast, and — if that doesn’t bear fruit — trampling the rebels in the province of Idlib, the last important Syrian area under their control.”

Still, Ya’ari asserted, “It is important to remember that Trump and his team have no great interest in removing Assad. If anything, they want to keep Tehran at bay and make a deal with Russia, which does not want to see Iran become hegemonic in the Fertile Crescent.”

The bottom line, whichever way one looks at it, Ya’ari said, is that “there is no longer any real threat to the regime that has become a protégé of Tehran in every respect.”

This is all bad news for Israel, he noted, which “has been left without the ability to influence events beyond the strip of villages along the Golan Heights” — a situation that might have been avoided, he said, if Israel had assisted the rebels in posing a threat to Assad. “But since Israel was hesitant to do this, and [US President Barack] Obama withdrew his hand from Syria, the Russians entered,” he wrote.

As a result, Ya’ari argued, rather than losing Syria and putting a dent in its other expansionist regional aims, Iran now has a “diving board” from which to catapult itself. “In another decade, when Iran finishes upgrading its outdated army, all of this will be greatly significant,” he pointed out.

In an interview with The Algemeiner last Thursday — following a week in which Israel was reported by Arab media outlets to have struck Hezbollah convoys in Syria — a former IDF military intelligence analyst said that the possibility of the Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist organization being equipped by the Syrian regime or Iran with chemical and biological weapons could not be ruled out.

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  • maja

    Finally some normal thought from heart on this site, which is sometimes pure horror to read.
    I’m with you, honorable Rabbi Rosenberg! There’s a holocaust and nothing than genocide going on in old culture-land of Syria, due to people thinking like the author of this article, IMHO.

  • walter77777

    I think we might relax a bit about the Syria events. Iran is indeed a worry, but Assad has won a questionable victory. He has made his formerly powerful country a wreck. There are expatriates who have had their lives very badly affected who may seek some type of payback. It may be a long time before Syria is able to become a threat to Israel.

  • duncanmc

    Hmmm, Iran, Russia, when will Erdogan join the party? The pieces are slowly moving into place.

  • Ken – USA

    Better Israel to not get involved and thus allow the opportunity for the UN & EU to blame them for any civilian deaths that their military actions would cause. Let the Arabs fight themselves and continue to destroy themselves and their cities!!!!

    • Scott David Lucas

      it is the JESUIT ORDER ( Jesuit Military ) / The VATICAN / The ILLUMINATI / The MASONS…..pushing THE UNITED NATIONS, with the program for the ONE WORLD ORDER. Wars shall increase, in these ” end of days “. As for me and my house…we shall trust in The GOD of ISRAEL….EL SHADDAI. Amein.