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August 14, 2018 3:28 pm

Ex-Mossad Chief Skeptical of Russian Ability to Remove Iran From Syria

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A border crossing between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.

In an interview with a Saudi-owned media outlet published on Monday, ex-Mossad chief Tamir Pardo expressed doubt that Russia had the ability to remove Iran from Syria — a longstanding Israeli goal.

Speaking with Elaph, an Arabic-language, London-based news website, Pardo — who served as the head of Israel’s famed intelligence agency from 2011-16 — also called for economic sanctions to be imposed on Lebanon, for the purpose of weakening Hezbollah.

In Pardo’s view, the unresolved Palestinian issue remains the main obstacle to the further development of ties between Israel and the moderate Sunni axis in the Arab world.

Pardo revealed that, during his time at the helm of the Mossad, he took part in numerous secret meetings with officials from countries throughout the Middle East with which Israel shared “many commonalities.”

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