Skip to comments.In public shift, Israel calls for Assad's fall
Posted on 09/17/2013 8:50:27 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
Israel wants to see Syrian President Bashar al-Assad toppled, its ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday, in a shift from its non-committal public stance on its neighbor's civil war.
Even Assad's defeat by al Qaeda-aligned rebels would be preferable to Damascus's current alliance with Israel's arch-foe Iran, Ambassador Michael Oren said in an interview with the Jerusalem Post.
His comments marked a move in Israel's public position on Syria's two-and-1/2-year-old war.
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Publicly neutral. Covertly anti-Assad, I’m sure. The devil we know is worse than any other possibility. Oh, and he’s not stable or rational, or reliable, except that he’s reliably allied with Iran and Hizbollah, is rationally working on an end game, and that will upset the stability regardless. Better to upset his end game, so long as we’ll have instability regardless. This makes perfect sense. Instability on our own terms.
Really stupid thing for Israel to wish for.
You have to ask? No — he does not care.
This is why the Russians are the good guys by stepping in. No one else will lift a finger to help Christians in the Middle East.
My feelings precisely.
Either the Iran/Hezbollah/Russia axis or the Christian-persecuting, sometimes cannabalistic "rebels," many of whom are aligned with al-Qaeda.
This is surely the classic devil-versis-the-witch situation...
Israel probably wants a destabilized Middle East. I do not believe they are much worried about radical islam taking root in the region, as they are well able to defend themselves (assuming the USA can’t be snookered into doing their fighting for them, as in Iraq).
As for the fate of Christians in those lands — well, tough. No, Israel will not be taking them in. Israel is a Jewish state.
Assad has protected Christians up until this point. The rebels have shown their intent on destroying any vestige of Christianity in Syria and then they will move on to destroying all the Jews in Israel.
In this case the devil we know is clearly better than the devil we don’t.
Why should he? Israel rejected Christ long ago.
His first concern is his people, something our leader has never known.
Agree. That or a few hundred extremists versus an organized army of 500K - 700K (depends on who you ask) of extremists with and air force and better weapons.
Why someone would ask for even more of it in their backyard is incomprehensible to me.
To cope with what, you?
Russia is trying to protect the bank loans for arms sales to Assad. They backtracked when Assad was starting to fall and they were then willing to let him go down. Then, Putin got his own ego involved and turned it into a Cold War type thing, pretending he’s the pro-Christian type. He’s as Christian as the Ayatollah.
So . . . have you two co-religionists met?
He never even retook the neighborhood that he gassed. He’s a failure and they’ve no real ability to resupply or to maneuver. He’s screwed. His people are dying and so is his regime. Six million have left their homes. Two million are foreign refugees.
His people are Alawites and possibly the non-Sunni Arabs in Syria. The Sunni Arabs who have massacred Alawites for 1000 years are no more his people than the Germans were David ben Gurion's people. That millions of Sunni Arabs are foreign refugees is a net benefit to him, just as the Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 provided Israel with a firm demographic basis for a majority Jewish state.