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Why Jerusalem Doesn’t Want the Assad Regime to Fall

In October 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin telephoned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to inform him that peace was at hand between Israel and Syria. Two weeks later, Rabin was dead, killed by a reactionary Jewish Israeli fanatic; the peace agreement that Rabin referenced died not long thereafter. But Israeli hopes for an eventual agreement with the Assad regime managed to survive. There have been four subsequent attempts by Israeli prime ministers — one by Ehud Barak, one by Ehud Olmert, and two by Benjamin Netanyahu — to forge a peace with Syria.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

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Israel Steps Into Syria

Last week, after two years of watching the Syria crisis unfold with quiet unease, Israel departed from its policy of restraint and staged an aerial raid near Damascus. The facts are still murky. Israel issued no statement and took no responsibility for the strike, although Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, speaking at a major security conference in Munich, came close to conceding involvement. The Syrian government, however, was swift to announce and condemn an Israeli raid on a “research center” in the vicinity of Damascus, as did the regime’s allies, Iran and Hezbollah. The international and Israeli press speculated that Israel had attacked a convoy of game-changing ground-to-air missiles that were about to be transferred by Syria to Hezbollah and that may have been stationed in that “research center” on their way to Lebanon.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Ehud Barak’s departure leaves an enormous hole in Israeli politics

The announcement in the New York Times that Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister and former prime minister, is retiring from politics is a serious blow to anyone who wants to see the Jewish state take a rational and reasonable approach to global security issues.

From his time as an officer in Israel’s elite Sayeret Matkal special forces unit – during which he took part in a number of highly dangerous operations – Barak has been a a pillar of Israel’s defence establishment, and has played a leading role in shaping the direction of Israel’s defence policy.

Although a long-standing member of the Labour party, Barak has nevertheless adopted a hawkish position on security issues, and was played a leading role in the recent operation against Hamas militants in Gaza who were threatening southern Israel with their stockpiles of Iranian-made missiles.

Who Won?

EVEN before the firing between Israel and Hamas had fully died away in the wake of the ceasefire announced on the night of November 21st, two new/old battle-fronts had opened up for Binyamin Netanyahu and his ministers. The first is over public and governmental opinion in the region; the second over the support of the Israeli voter, with elections looming on January 22nd. The issue is the same on both of them: Who won?

Mr Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, the defence minister, and Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister, quickly convened a press conference in Tel Aviv to proclaim victory and fulsomely congratulate the nation, themselves and each other for achieving it. No sooner were they off the region’s TV screens than Khalid Meshal, the Hamas leader, came on in Cairo, suggesting to assembled newsmen there that the three Israeli leaders looked glum, which proved, he said, that they knew they’d lost.

Read Here – The Economist

Opponents of an Israeli strike on Iran have focused their ire on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But it’s his hawkish defense minister, Ehud Barak, who is really driving the talk of war.

The Decider – www.foreignpolicy.com

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