Israel opposes plans to topple Assad
December 05, 2005
Here's something that fell through the cracks in recent coverage:
Israel told the United States it fears the outcome of regime change in Syria. At a strategic-dialogue meeting this week among senior officials, Israel laid out for the United States three scenarios if Bashar Assad is toppled: chaos, an Islamist regime or another strongman from AssadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s minority Alawite sect. Israel fears all those options, saying Assad provides a measure of stability.
U.S. officials told their Israeli counterparts that toppling Assad could be Ã¢â‚¬Å“transformativeÃ¢â‚¬Â and dismissed concerns about an Islamist regime taking his place. Israel and the United States favor pressure on Syria to force it to stop hosting Palestinian terrorist groups and supporting Hezbollah, a Lebanese terrorist organization.Only this White House could make Ariel Sharon look like a peacenik. [TPM]